I feel like a kid in a candy store. Tonight I arrived home to find Resplendent (courtesy of João Madail - many thanks!), finally had time to watch the amazing iPod Shuffle ad, grabbed a TextMate update and an Inquisitor one, and am now downloading the OLPC/XO snapshot to see if I can convert the VMware disk image to something Q will try to run.
My guess is that Nintendo will win this one out in the short term. A few months ago I bought a Nintendo DS for my dad as a birthday present (he plays a mean Sudoku), and as I wade through all the news regarding the Wii and the PS3, the parallels are obvious:
Sony keeps betting on blockbuster titles (which appeal to me as a semi-retired FPS gamer) and over-the-top hardware crammed with features (which it then cripples in amazingly asinine ways), and Nintendo does simple, amazingly addictive stuff that appeals to regular people.
I am treated to new Nintendogs tricks every time I visit my parents these days - my mother never, ever cared for any sort of video game, and yet she bought the game and practically hijacked the DS. I might have to get them a new one by Xmas.
Me? Oh, I barely have time these days, what with all the books I have to read and all... :)
Nah, seriously, there's still a lot missing:
- The PS3 seems to have a decent browser, but the Wii's (despite all the hype) still hasn't materialized in the hands of real users.
- There's a bunch of background noise regarding PS2 titles that won't play correctly on the PS3. I happen to have a bunch of PS2 titles around, none of which are confirmed compatible (including the awesome Rez).
- Video and photo abilities are slim to non-existent. There's some unconfirmed noise regarding grabbing photos from Bluetooth phones, but that's not good enough. Oh, and did I mention that Sony keeps crippling their hardware?
Add in the non-DVD-playing aspects of the Wii (which would come in handy when I go off for the weekend), and the fact that so far I haven't seen a single Wii title that appealed to me, and there's more than enough reason to sit out this one for a while.
I know all about the "try it and you'll love it" angle, but my fun lies elsewhere for the moment.