10 posts • joined Wednesday 30th December 2009 23:56 GMT
Nintendo - doomed since 1889.
Ironically enough, almost a year ago to this day, the Nintendo 3DS was launched.
You know, if you believed the media, it was a poorly-designed single stick device which made everyone sick and caused headaches, and would undoubtedly fail once the superior twin-stick Vita with HD graphics and mature games arrived.
A year on , the 3DS has sold 15 million while the Vita has turned out to be a complete flop - barely selling 10,000 a week in Japan.
The cycle seems to go like this.
1. Nintendo announce new console which forsakes graphical prowess for an innovative idea.
2. Nintendo's doom is predicted. The media write the new console off and predict that the rival consoles with HARDCORE GAMEZ!!!!1111 will be far more popular.
3. Despite this, Nintendo's console prints money, completely killing the competition.
4. The media claim that "Nintendo's victory was a fluke that can't possibly happen again" as E3 approaches.
The cycle has happened with the DS, Wii and 3DS now, and there's a good chance this will repeat with the Wii U too.
As soon as a way round the block is found, news of it will spread faster than Ryan Giggs' identity, rendering all future blocking attempts futile. Sadly, this knowledge will also let perverts access disgusting sites. But it's either that or go down the road to censorship.
Thin end of the wedge
This is web blocking by the backdoor.
If Google implement this, the music industry will not be satisfied. I can hear the arguments now.
"Google clearly know these sites are bad, so why don't they remove the links entirely?"
Other people with an axe to grind will ask why Google doesn't mark other sites in a similar way - cue a Daily Fail campaign to get sites deemed to be pro-abortion, anti-Christian, anti-monarchy, anti-British, pro-Europe marked....
This makes sense.
I really don't understand the fuss about this...
Sony owns the Blu-Ray format. Sony also owns a large movie making empire that releases movies on Blu-Ray. Therefore, including a Blu-Ray with their console was a no-brainer.
However, Nintendo don't own the Blu-Ray format and don't make films, so why on Earth would they include this function? Plus, add the fact that Ninty would have to pay Sony - their rival - a hefty license fee every time a console or game was purchased and you can see the logic behind this decision.
I'm not completely sold on the Wii U yet, but if I end up buying it, it will be because of the games. If I wanted to watch Blu-Ray movies, I'd buy a Blu-Ray player. Simples.
Hang on, that Bird video was definitely from the Wii U.
The Government say that these harsher measures will only be introduced if the bill fails to reduce filesharing to the degree they want. However, given that they expect a truly absurd 70% reduction in one year, the failure of the bill is a complete certainty.
If the music industry seriously think this will make people buy their increasingly unappetising product, they're mad. Now when people buy an album from the Big 4, they'll know their money will be funding the enforcement of oppressive laws like this, and that will ultimately only put more people off.
So let me get this straight. This scheme will cost £500 million a year and will increase music and film sales by £1.7 billion over 10 years.
Now maybe I'm bad at maths, but spending £5 billion to increase profits by £1.7 billion doesn't actually make any kind of financial sense whatsoever.
This is especially troubling because:
a) Our Government have always drastically underestimated costs, especially when comes to insanely ambitious IT projects nobody wants. The real cost will almost certainly turn out to be 3 or 4 times higher.
b) This won't encourage anyone to stop downloading illegally and start buying full-price albums / movies again, so I doubt there will be anything like a £1.7 billion increase in music and movie sales. In fact, I can only see it putting even more people off.
c) When the new law inevitably fails to produce the results the music and movie industry wants, the £25 a year fee will undoubtedly increase.
And they plan to implement this a couple of months before the General Election? Yes, good luck with that(!)
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