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Sony: DSi’s for “kids”

Monday, 6 April 2009 09:36 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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SCEA marketing boss John Koller sent out a statement over the weekend essentially saying that DSi is for children, while PSP targets “diverse demographics”.

DSi launched in both the US and Europe last week. Here’s the missive in full:

If Nintendo is really committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience of gamers beyond the “kids” market that they’ve always engaged, there isn’t much new with the DSi to support that. Significant gamer demographic groups are being ignored, and there continues to be limited opportunities for games from external publishers to do well on the DSi. Compare that with the PSP platform, where we have many blockbuster franchises from our publishing partners launching this year, representing a wide variety of genres and targeting diverse demographics. Games such as Rock Band Unplugged from MTV Games, Assassin’s Creed from Ubisoft, Dissidia Final Fantasy from Square Enix, and Hannah Montana from Disney demonstrate the commitment that publishers have to the PSP. From our own first-party studios, we’re launching unique versions of LittleBigPlanet and MotorStorm, and we’re also planning a steady stream of downloadable games — both new titles and PSone classics — to add to the content that PSP owners can already purchase wirelessly through PlayStation Store.

Thanks, Engadget.

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66 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    And just when I thought they’d stopped saying stupid things…

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Grimrita

    goo goo ga ga.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Hero of Canton

    http://blog.wired.com/games/2009/04/sonys-ludicrous.html

    Just about says it all, really. Sony had a number of angles to come at this, and chose the one which made it look the most stupid.

    Particularly excellent is the ‘kids market’ broadside, followed by the proud trumpeting of a forthcoming Hannah Montana game. Jesus wept.

    It’s quite something to make Fils-Aime’s bonkers comments last week look comparatively intelligent, but this has managed it.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    It is for kids. And teenagers. And adults. And old people. And women. And dogs. And that’s why it’s so bloody successful Sony, you knobs.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Mike

    I got one and I’m all adulted-up.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Tonka

    It’s hard for me to judge but isn’t that one of the dumbest things Sony have said in a long, long while?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    They’ve spouted so much shite in the last few years that it’s difficult to tell.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Shatner

    Loving the drama and spiced-up levels of confrontation added to this story by the games media!

    HoC, you need to stop jumping in front of any critical bullet fired in Nintendo’s direction. You’ve completely missed the point of the Hannah Montanna mention partly thanks to the way this story has been presented by the games media. You might also want to read some of the comments on the article you linked to. :D

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Retroid

    He’s from Bizarro World, obviously.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Tonka

    From the comments on Wired:
    Toyota makes more money than Ford, so should Ford quit?

    Ford makes money now?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Hero of Canton

    @Shatner, I’m just providing a bit of balance. There’s a lot of anti-Nintendo sentiment on here.

    And I’ve read some of the comments on the article I linked to. I’m not sure what that has to do with anything.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Prof Power Glove

    It’s good that some Sony staff still perceive the DS/i in exactly the same way they did over five years ago when it first came out.

    They probably think the touch-screen is still a “novelty” too.

    Would you get Nicole Kidman or the Rednapps playing on PSP? I think not, Mr Sony marketing man! ;)

    Nintendo intentionally had a rather low-key launch to the DSi. They don’t want people to abandon their DS Lites entirely just yet.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Shatner

    doublepostcosofshittyVG247timeoutslol

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Shatner

    I found the link to the article where the author was given a big cake of a DSi with his face on one of the screen by Nintendo most enlightening.

    I think Nintendo deserve all the criticism they get – and then some. They’ve made some ridiculous claims and little has materialised to support them but the overall mood is that you’re simply not allowed to criticise Nintendo because they’re current favourites and you’ll get an internet roasting if you do. A lot of that is helped by the stance the games media portrays because they themselves don’t like getting roasted. I recall IGN, in a wonderful display of no journalistic integrity whatsoever, did an article covering the launch of the original DS in Japan showing a relatively cool reception instead of the expected mass hysteria and shoot-outs (people tend to forget just how unremarkable the first year of the DS was). After tons of grief from their readers they re-wrote the story to be far more jubilant and congratulatory. Then there’s the “8.8″ episode at Gamespot (who, at least, stuck to their guns).

    How about your posts from Sunday? You were keen to ensure Nintendo get let off the hook for any shitty third party games that come out on their systems but when it turns out just how responsible they are for them you changed your tune and proclaimed how important it was to have all sorts of content out there.

    By all means, provide balance. Just do it without constantly moving the goalposts. :)

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Michael O'Connor

    I’ve gotta wonder if most of you guys simply read the deliberately sensationalist title and jumped straight to conclusions, or if you actually read the whole thing.

    “If Nintendo is really committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience of gamers beyond the “kids” market that they’ve always engaged, there isn’t much new with the DSi to support that.”

    This is very much true. A few months back, Nintendo were spouting about convincing developers to broaden their games on their consoles to appeal to a more “mature” audience. An audience that still isn’t interested, and nobody is really trying to go out of the way to capture.

    Much like Microsoft’s pitiful “casual games” attempts, releasing only one or two titles to a key demographic is not going to get that demographic interested. Unless they’re being released regularly, and consistently, they won’t care.

    “Compare that with the PSP platform, where we have many blockbuster franchises from our publishing partners launching this year, representing a wide variety of genres and targeting diverse demographics.”

    This is also true. For core gamers especially, there’s a more diverse range of titles on the PSP that appeal to the older demographic.

    Nowhere in that excerpt does it actually argue about which sold better and which is more popular, so using the “DS is more popular” card is a bit of moot point.

    Why is it that when Nintendo is mentioned as a singular entity, it gets blasted to pieces, but when one of the other console producers mention them they’re suddenly the messiah?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Hero of Canton

    I wasn’t keen to ensure Nintendo get let off the hook for shitty third party games at all – I merely said it wasn’t directly responsible for the quality of third-party software on its own console.

    I’m also not sure where I said it was important to have all sorts of content out there. I’m more than happy to criticise Nintendo when it’s deserved – Fils-Aime’s comments the other day, for example, which you seem to have conveniently ignored.

    Certainly Nintendo fanboys are extremely vocal – to hysterical degrees at times – but at the moment, I do think the company gets an unwarranted amount of criticism from certain self-proclaimed hardcore gamers and some websites too. Some Wii games really don’t get a fair crack of the whip, and others are marked down simply for appealing outside the traditional gamer demographic. And it’s all too easy for some to write off the DS’s entire catalogue as ‘shovelware’ which is patently ludicrous.

    I mean, can you really say that this Sony statement isn’t ridiculous?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Retroid

    It’s far from forbidden to criticise Nintendlol.

    (You see what I cleverly did there?)

    But they *are* selling a lot of machines to quite broad demographics. The comment from the Sony exec is just bloody silly and probably quite wrong.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Michael O'Connor

    “But they *are* selling a lot of machines to quite broad demographics.”

    Please do show me what exactly Nintendo itself is doing to appeal to the broad demographics. Nintendo’s idea of “broad demographic” lately is soccer moms and 10 year old.

    They might release some stellar proper games when they actually bother, but those are a dime a dozen from Nintendo themselves.

    “I mean, can you really say that this Sony statement isn’t ridiculous?”

    I can. *points to his previous post for the reasons*

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Hero of Canton

    @ Michael O’Connor: “If Nintendo is really committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience of gamers beyond the “kids” market that they’ve always engaged, there isn’t much new with the DSi to support that.”

    This is very much true.

    Is it? So Nintendo’s audience of gamers isn’t diverse and Sony’s is? So tell me, how many people over 30 do you regularly see playing PSP games? Why has Nintendo had massive success with older audiences or the female market if its console is solely for kids?

    “Compare that with the PSP platform, where we have many blockbuster franchises from our publishing partners launching this year, representing a wide variety of genres and targeting diverse demographics.”

    This is also true. For core gamers especially, there’s a more diverse range of titles on the PSP that appeal to the older demographic.

    I don’t agree. The DS has an incredibly diverse range of titles, some of which gamers (like you, evidently) seem to completely forget about. You’re basically talking about yourself here. The PSP might appeal more to you personally, but to argue that the PSP has been more successful in targeting diverse demographics and that it has a wider range of experiences on offer is nonsense.

    M-rated doesn’t mean mature. Remember that.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Hero of Canton

    They might release some stellar proper games when they actually bother, but those are a dime a dozen from Nintendo themselves.

    You do know what ‘dime a dozen’ means, don’t you?

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Retroid

    They’re certainly broader than either MS’ or Sony’s.

    Just because it doesn’t target ‘us’ doesn’t mean it’s not true.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Michael O'Connor

    “So Nintendo’s audience of gamers isn’t diverse and Sony’s is? So tell me, how many people over 30 do you regularly see playing PSP games?”

    About as many as I see playing the DS, to be honest.

    Except for the core gamers open-minded willing to accept the handheld, the only adults I know personally who even so much as touch a DS is the moms of the kids they bought them for.

    “The DS has an incredibly diverse range of titles, some of which gamers (like you, evidently) seem to completely forget about.”

    My DS collection is some 30 titles strong, so I’d so I’m more than well aware of the diversity of the games on it. They might be diverse, but that does not mean they appeal to the right demographics.

    “Significant gamer demographic groups are being ignored”

    Read that again until the point is made clear. Diversity doesn’t mean it’s succeeding to appeal to all demographics.

    Put it another way… if I go into a clothing store which is selling stuff in fifty shades of blue, that’s not going to matter if I’m looking for a black suit.

    “You do know what ‘dime a dozen’ means, don’t you?”

    Yes, I do. I clearly messed up the sentence.

    “They might release some stellar proper games when they actually bother, but those casual games are a dime a dozen from Nintendo themselves.”

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Hero of Canton

    Okay, to address part of the actual quote:

    “Games such as Rock Band Unplugged from MTV Games, Assassin’s Creed from Ubisoft, Dissidia Final Fantasy from Square Enix, and Hannah Montana from Disney demonstrate the commitment that publishers have to the PSP.”

    Right, well we’ve already had two Guitar Hero games on DS, an Assassin’s Creed game, several Final Fantasy titles and…well, there are any number of games I could directly compare to Hannah Montana. Koller could hardly have picked worse examples of how the PSP apparently offers a more compelling experience than DS.

    He could have mentioned that Sony has been providing downloadable games for a while, he could have said that the DSi is more expensive than the technically superior PSP, he could have said that PSP has better multimedia capabilities. But he went down the really rather pathetic ‘DS is for kids’ route, and started pointing towards software that’s not even been released as to why the PSP is a more compelling console.

    Really, for all the PR gaffes it’s made in its time, I can’t think of anything quite so forehead-slappingly stupid from Sony in recent years. He could have played up his console’s genuine strengths and completely failed to do so.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Shatner

    “I mean, can you really say that this Sony statement isn’t ridiculous?”

    It isn’t ridiculous if you read it objectively without walking through the sensationalist, reactionary door that the games media is trying to lead you through.

    For example, it’s NOT criticising the machine as a “kids” machine. It’s stating the if Nintendo are keen to broaden the perception of their demographic then the DSi isn’t doing much to push that view forwards.

    After which it goes into a more typical marketing spiel by espousing the qualities and diversity of the product the representative is paid to promote.

    It’s the diversity that is being argued here and is substantiated by mentioing, amongst others the Hannah Montanna title.

    But thanks to the deliberately leading way the article is presented you’re told to read it as one company picking a fight with another company and, as you ‘cleverly’ pointed out, is then contradicting itself by mentioning it’s own kids games.

    Once you can grasp the point about diversity you can better understand the purpose of mentioning a kids game in the response. That you’re so proud to have spotted it as a contradiction totally gives away the perspective from which your reading the statement.

    Read the first line of the statement a couple of times.

    Yes, one company might be looking to criticise another company, but it’s not on the terms that most people are over-reacting to.

    This is why I don’t need the games media injecting drama and sensationalism into everything. It just fucks up what is actually happening and distracts from the actual information. But the damage is done and most people will lash out at the distraction than the actual content and will never even look back to re-read (or re-interpret) what was said. Not just in this story but in many many stories.

    A ‘service’ that is meant to be informing is often doing exactly the opposite.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Hero of Canton

    Okay, Michael O’Connor – can you really say, hand on heart, that you truly believe that the PSP is, in your words, ‘succeeding to appeal to all demographics’?

    Also, what ARE the ‘right’ demographics, in your opinion?

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Michael O'Connor

    I’ll agree that those choices are a pretty poor barometer of his point, but it still doesn’t change the core point; the DS is attempting to appeal to a a wide enough demographic.

    This is a gap that Sony are hoping to feel.

    Also, taken out of context, that quote is quite deceptive. You’re ignoring the other positives they mentioned.

    “From our own first-party studios, we’re launching unique versions of LittleBigPlanet and MotorStorm, and we’re also planning a steady stream of downloadable games — both new titles and PSone classics — to add to the content that PSP owners can already purchase wirelessly through PlayStation Store.”

    “Okay, Michael O’Connor – can you really say, hand on heart, that you truly believe that the PSP is, in your words, ’succeeding to appeal to all demographics’?”

    I never said that the PSP was appealing to *all* demographics. I said it was appealing to the demographic that Nintendo isn’t.

    “Also, what ARE the ‘right’ demographics, in your opinion?”

    There’s no “right” demographic. Just different ones. If the soccer moms and the kids are getting their enjoyment out of the games that they play then hey, more power to them! That’s why they’d buy a DS, and not a PSP.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Hero of Canton

    @Shatner, if Nintendo really isn’t interested in reaching a broader demographic than the ‘kids market they’ve always engaged’, can you tell me why the DSi ads are geared to appeal to adults? Can you tell me why Iwata has been asking developers to create ‘apps for the DSi Store? Or why two of the resolutely uncommercial Art Style games are two of the leading titles on DSiWare?

    And I’m aware the mention of Hannah Montana was to promote the diversity of the console, but as Michael O’Connor said…

    Much like Microsoft’s pitiful “casual games” attempts, releasing only one or two titles to a key demographic is not going to get that demographic interested. Unless they’re being released regularly, and consistently, they won’t care.

    So it’s a bit silly to mention that when Nintendo has that particular area all but sewn up, and plenty of third-parties are releasing hardcore games. Atlus, for example, has had great success with its DS titles, almost all of which are real gamer’s games – tough, uncompromising, and as hardcore as they come.

    You could certainly argue that western developers haven’t really utilised the DS as well as they should have (Rockstar’s recent example should shame certain other publishers, that’s for certain). But it’s simply a fallacy to claim that DS doesn’t appeal to a broad demographic, because it clearly does.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Michael O'Connor

    “If Nintendo really isn’t interested in reaching a broader demographic than the ‘kids market they’ve always engaged’, can you tell me why the DSi ads are geared to appeal to adults?”

    What kind of adults, exactly? Wait, that’s right, the soccer mom.

    Most middle age adults who own a DS have kids whom they bought them for, and they probably buy about two games for it in their lifetime, one of which is highly likely to be Brain Training.

    Most core gamers tend to dismiss the DS entirely, which is a pity, because there are some great games on it if you know where to look.

    They appeal to me because I have a broad range of tastes. Most people do not. Most 20-something guys want guns and violence in their games. Gore, cursing, and action games. They don’t want to play Meteos or Kirby’s Power Paintbrush, however good they might be.

    THAT is what a demographic is. And business are run exclusively on appealing to the lowest common denominator of those demographics.

    As with the case of most fanboys, you seem to mistake me criticising the format to mean that I don’t like it.

    “You could certainly argue that western developers haven’t really utilised the DS as well as they should have (Rockstar’s recent example should shame certain other publishers, that’s for certain). But it’s simply a fallacy to claim that DS doesn’t appeal to a broad demographic, because it clearly does.”

    Making a game and selling it are two very different things. It if “clearly did” appeal to a broad demographic, there would be a hell of a lot more core titles on the shelves, and a hell of a lot more games geared at adults as well.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Shatner

    Adverts are one thing HoC. The product itself is another.

    Is the DS meant to appeal to devotees of Nicole Kidman or the Rednapps? But they’re in the adverts!! Are you telling me I should believe in adverts?

    In particular, the argument is made in respect of the DSi – not the DS. With all the sensationalism and big animated “LOOK AT THIS!” signs the story is presented with, it’s not surprising that the parts of the statement that haven’t been deliberately sensationalised are overlooked by most readers.

    What differences in the DSi over the DS directly address the existing criticisms that Nintendo have been recieving (from gamers, not from Sony) regarding the breadth of their content?

    Where, in any of these criticisms has anyone asked for any of the USPs that the DSi offers over the DS?

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Hero of Canton

    Most 20-something guys want guns and violence in their games. Gore, cursing, and action games. They don’t want to play Meteos or Kirby’s Power Paintbrush, however good they might be.

    In which case, Sony’s argument should be ‘the DSi doesn’t appeal to some (okay, I’ll be generous and go with most) twentysomething guys’. In which case, you could have a point. But what Koller’s saying is that Nintendo isn’t interested in reaching a broader and more diverse audience. Which is, I repeat, nonsense.

    And I’m not saying you don’t like the DS – please point out where I did, and I’ll apologise – and I’m not a fanboy. I’m merely saying that this is a silly statement. Perhaps I set the wrong tone by quoting Kohler’s post, but I felt he made some very good points.

    There are plenty of games aimed at adults, too. I’m not saying they sell massively well, but it’s wrong to ignore those titles just because they’re not massively hyped.

    One point I’ll concede on, is that Koller said ‘blockbuster franchises’. And to a degree, there aren’t too many of those from third-parties on DS. Which is a bit silly considering those that are – Guitar Hero, for example – have sold pretty damn well. I think GTA’s assumed ‘failure’ is a little too early to call. Certainly it’s dropping down the charts a lot slower than Sony’s PSP titles seem to.

    What differences in the DSi over the DS directly address the existing criticisms that Nintendo have been recieving (from gamers, not from Sony) regarding the breadth of their content?

    Well, I’d say the PSP is getting more criticism from gamers than the DS is. Which is precisely the point – Koller’s making criticisms that his own console is currently failing to answer to.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Michael O'Connor

    “In which case, Sony’s argument should be ‘the DSi doesn’t appeal to some (okay, I’ll be generous and go with most) twentysomething guys’.”

    Which is basically what they said. “The PSP appeals to a demographic that Nintendo isn’t attempting to corner.”

    “But what Koller’s saying is that Nintendo isn’t interested in reaching a broader and more diverse audience. Which is, I repeat, nonsense.”

    Then show me how they are. Show me how they are trying to appeal to the 20-something guys (which, lets not forget, is quite a large proportion of the industry), or “beyond the kids market” as they put it.

    “Well, I’d say the PSP is getting more criticism from gamers than the DS is.”

    People criticise a lot of things. That doesn’t make them right. They makes them sensationalist sheep. They hear something, and take it as fact. Those “facts” then proceed to spread to other people, so on and so forth, until they’re accepted as “fact” without any sort of critical thinking on the issue.

    Most gamers criticise the Wii for not appealing to core gamers, despite the fact that “core” titles are being released weekly for the format. The stigma is already there, but they don’t care.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Shatner

    Way to go HoC. Instead of answering that question you just try to deflect it. Save tactics like that for the playground.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Hero of Canton

    Well, at least I made some kind of attempt to answer it rather than resorting to insults. ;) Can you answer my comment about the PSP?

    I’ve already mentioned the DSi Store anyway. And Chinatown Wars is proof that Nintendo does want M-rated titles on its consoles.

    Which is basically what they said.

    No, that’s not what Koller said at all.

    Then show me how they are. Show me how they are trying to appeal to the 20-something guys (which, lets not forget, is quite a large proportion of the industry), or “beyond the kids market” as they put it.

    I never said Nintendo itself was trying to appeal to 20-something guys. Indeed, Nintendo seems to have had most of its success appealing outside that one demographic. But that’s not to say there aren’t any mature/hardcore/whatever titles on the DS. And if the console didn’t appeal outside the kids market, can you explain why it’s sold 100 million consoles?

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Shatner

    You made no attempt to answer it at all – you claiming that is like Nintendo claiming they have a legacy of nurturing enthusiast development in a statement asking why they snubbed an enthusiast developer. It’s a complete opposite of what they’ve just done. Instead of answering the question you favoured deflecting it to another company.

    Here, let’s try again:

    What differences in the DSi over the DS directly address the existing criticisms that Nintendo have been recieving (from gamers, not from Sony) regarding the breadth of their content?

    Where, in any of these criticisms has anyone asked for any of the USPs that the DSi offers over the DS?

    I think you’ll find that if you care to look objectively at the differences it demonstrates that Nintendo is far more interested in appealing to the affluent iPhone demographic than any that play videogames. The introduction of the DSi Store and Nintendo’s pleas for developers to produce applications (not just games) for it only serves to underline this point in red.

    I’m not convinced that one or two games amidst a sea of other games (there are over 3,500 titles published worldwide for the DS) ‘proves’ a serious intent for M rated games. One swallow does not make a summer.

    It is more likely to prove that Rockstar are keen to profit from the success of the platform by taking their signature IP to it. They have done this before with earlier editions of GTA on both GBC and GBA. So, again, GTA on a Nintendo handheld is not some new proof that alters any sort of historic trend.

    Also, clinging to Rockstar’s game of a multi-platform series isn’t a particularly strong demonstration of Nintendo’s intent to do anything other than to capitalise on the success of an established series.

    I think a more convincing ‘m rated’ example would be a first party game that was DS specific and not part of a franchise. Except such a thing doesn’t exist.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Hero of Canton

    I typed a big long answer, but it didn’t submit for some reason. The gist of it was that I agree with most of what you say there.

    But we’re miles away from the initial point now. The point I was making is that Koller could have used several angles of attack to play up the PSP’s strengths. Instead, he relied on the tired old ‘Nintendo = kiddie’ argument and pointed to a bunch of franchises which already have an equivalent on the DS to demonstrate ‘the commitment that publishers have to the PSP’. When Ubisoft and Square-Enix in particular have released far more games for the DS than for the PSP, and would almost certainly contest the suggestion that there are limited opportunities for publishers to do well on Nintendo’s handheld.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Shatner

    He didn’t rely on it. As I’ve just demonstrated and as you’ve just implied agreement on: he observed that if Nintendo’s statements were true then the DSi enhancements over the DS doesn’t back them up.

    Do the enhancements to the DSi over the DS address any of the criticism’s levelled at Nintendo’s current direction?

    Or do we just splutter outrage at the impertinence of such a question being asked? Or how about repeatedly ignoring such a question whilst protesting its been answered? :)

    It’s far easier to go into pantomime mode, pick a hero, pick a villain and boo and hiss. Perhaps if the story had not been posted in such a baiting and deliberately sensationalist manner the details in that first sentence wouldn’t be so keenly ignored.

    And whilst you’re so keen dispel suggestions of immaturity in the content of titles on the DS I really wouldn’t be bringing Ubisoft’s output to anyone’s attention. :D

    As for SquareEnix, I’d say they’ve supported both systems pretty well. However, it’s telling how little they supported Nintendo for the last couple of generations but how quick they are to attach themselves to a successful platform. Just as they flipped from being a key SNES developer to a key PS1 developer.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. theevilaires

    Did sony send this statement only to engadget?….

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Shatner

    Edge are asking the same question.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. theevilaires

    It sounds like to me Engadget sent an email to sony saying “hey the dsi is out how do you feel about that” and sony replies (the way they did) with their own opinion. Then Engadget post it up as flame bait. Vg247 stalks the web looking for any good info/flamebait (to justify the sites name)then they post it to have xbots like blerk,morriss,o’connor feel good about themselves on a fresh start of the week. Which to them always means the doom for Sony.

    THE END. :P

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Retroid

    Blerk’s an Xbot? :D

    #40 6 years ago
  41. theevilaires

    You’re a Retard? :P

    #41 6 years ago
  42. Blerk

    X-terminate!

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Psychotext

    It’s not like it’s the first time they’ve said something similar:

    http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3143180

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Shatner

    Wow! Digging back as far as 2005 PT? Awesome!

    Do I get to question why 360 games come on something other than 3.5″ floppies because some guy at Microsoft once said “640k should be enough for anyone?”. I do? Great! :D

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Psychotext

    Didn’t you know Shatner, I have a binder with all of this stuff ready.

    (For what it’s worth, it was in another thread on the subject I was reading… just seemed appropriate that they’re using the same angle the second time around)

    #45 6 years ago
  46. theevilaires

    thats Psycho for you. He loves going back to the future :P

    #46 6 years ago
  47. Hero of Canton

    He didn’t rely on it.

    Oh, come on. There’s a clear insinuation that Nintendo isn’t appealing outside the kids market. Which is clearly false.

    Do the enhancements to the DSi over the DS address any of the criticism’s levelled at Nintendo’s current direction?

    Or do we just splutter outrage at the impertinence of such a question being asked? Or how about repeatedly ignoring such a question whilst protesting its been answered?

    Well, firstly, the criticisms of Nintendo’s current direction are levelled almost entirely at Wii. DS doesn’t get the brunt of the criticism because most DS owners realise it has a wide-ranging catalogue of games which appeal to all demographics. The Wii is far less successful here.

    And I’m not spluttering outrage at all. I’m merely saying that, given the PSP’s strengths, it’s ludicrous to fall back on the same tired old criticisms and to pick some pretty poor examples of how the PSP is apparently appealing to all demographics. Despite those ‘blockbusters’, publishers (well, western publishers if we’re being totally accurate) are dropping the PSP like a stone. Also, I’m not ignoring the question at all, as my last few posts prove (indeed, my post which didn’t submit went into much more detail on that topic, but I’m not typing it all out again). Whereas you’ve not commented on any of my observations about the PSP.

    And whilst you’re so keen dispel suggestions of immaturity in the content of titles on the DS I really wouldn’t be bringing Ubisoft’s output to anyone’s attention.

    Please point out where I’ve tried to dispel suggestions of immaturity in the content of titles on the DS. Merely saying the DS appeals outside the tween demographic doesn’t suggest that I’m not aware there are a lot of games on the console which are targeted at a younger audience.

    As for SquareEnix, I’d say they’ve supported both systems pretty well. However, it’s telling how little they supported Nintendo for the last couple of generations but how quick they are to attach themselves to a successful platform. Just as they flipped from being a key SNES developer to a key PS1 developer.

    True. Not sure what it has to do with anything at all, but that’s a perfectly reasonable observation I suppose.

    #47 6 years ago
  48. Michael O'Connor

    “It’s not like it’s the first time they’ve said something similar:”

    I fail to see what a remark made 4 years ago by Phil Harrison (a master of hyperbole if every there was one) has to do with a comment made now, in the present, by John Koller.

    #48 6 years ago
  49. Michael O'Connor

    “I’m merely saying that, given the PSP’s strengths, it’s ludicrous to fall back on the same tired old criticisms and to pick some pretty poor examples of how the PSP is apparently appealing to all demographics.”

    You took his entire statement out of context. You only listed half the examples and reason he gave.

    #49 6 years ago
  50. Psychotext

    Various PR suits have said it a over the years… but no, I’m not going to go digging. Bit busy at the moment. :P

    It should be pretty clear that they’re strongly focussed on owning a particular demographic and I believe Koller recently said something similar about GTA not being particularly suitable for the DS because most of its userbase is under 12.

    #50 6 years ago
  51. Michael O'Connor

    “It should be pretty clear that they’re strongly focussed on owning a particular demographic.”

    And the 50 million PSPs clearly show they’ve succeeded, with an almost complete focus on core games aimed at the mature demographic.

    The DS may have sold 100 million units, but as already said, a huge portion of that market is different to the demographic interested in a machine like the PSP.

    #51 6 years ago
  52. Shatner

    Hey PT, you go for it! Just so long as we don’t get people dismissing statements from ‘way back when’ when it suits them to apply doublestandards.

    There’s a fuck ton of games out on DS and I’ve seen about 3 that actually use the dual screen / touch screen ‘innovation’ in an ungimmicky way and do something with videogames that could not be done any other way. Making a virtual button on a screen is just the same as having a regular button – so that rules out about 95% of instances we’ve all seen. Conversely, I’ve seen many games on DS gimped because something that would work better with regular buttons has been made worse due to insisting it be done with unnecessary and gimmicky touch-controls.

    The three games I’d recommend as justifying the DS’s screens/touch are:

    - GTA Chinatown Wars
    (awesome PDA emulation – but there’s some very shitty touch-screen minigame crap in there too)

    - Rettai Picross
    (Dual screen is a gimmick but the touch-control makes the 3D puzzles quite manageable)

    - Ouendan
    (Entertaining use of dual screens – though nothing actually enhancing to gameplay, but stunning use of touch controls)

    The other 3,500+ titles are pretty gimmicky.

    #52 6 years ago
  53. Retroid

    “theevilaires said: You’re a Retard?”

    Can’t you post anything without attacking someone with personal insults? People can own machines without being die-hard fans of it. Blerk is someone who was pretty much entirely PS2 the last generation and only recently upgraded to a current-generation machine.

    So ner :P

    #53 6 years ago
  54. theevilaires

    Are you some internet article web page keeper or something?
    Do you work for the C.I.A.?
    Do you have an alien probe stuck up your anus?
    Do you take Morriss to be your lawfully married Husband/Wife?
    Do you enjoy game sites more than video games?
    Do you “HATE” Sony as a company in general?

    If you answered YES to any of these questions you are a XBOT

    #54 6 years ago
  55. Retroid

    /Joey

    Also; why in the hell has this gone to supposed Xbox 360 fans? O_o

    #55 6 years ago
  56. Shatner

    HoC, you STILL haven’t answered that question. :D

    Now, instead of deflecting it you’re trying to dismiss it as not being about the DS/DSi simply because more people are complaining about the Wii than the DS as far as you’re concerned. Which is odd because this entire topic/outrage/”OH NO HE DI’ENT” diatribe is based all on Nintendo’s perceived direction with the DS/DSi not the Wii.

    Read that first sentence again.

    Your evasiveness and excuses are starting to double-back on you now. :)

    It’s ok though. I think your reluctance to answer the question is answer enough!

    #56 6 years ago
  57. Hero of Canton

    @ Michael O’Connor: Please explain how you can take an entire statement out of context.

    @ Shatner: you’ve spent so long going around the houses with regard to my comparison of the PSP and the DS that I’ve forgotten what the original question was. Please remind me and I’ll answer it.

    #57 6 years ago
  58. Shatner

    I already reminded you once. I even put it in italics. You even acknowledged the question!

    Like I said. It doesn’t matter now. If you wanted to answer it you would have done so.

    So, we’re in agreement: DSi is shit and Wii is for babies. Excellent.

    #58 6 years ago
  59. Hero of Canton

    Okay.

    What differences in the DSi over the DS directly address the existing criticisms that Nintendo have been recieving (from gamers, not from Sony) regarding the breadth of their content?

    Well, I’ve seen very little evidence of criticisms of breadth of content on DS, but assuming it’s as prevalent as you seem to be suggesting, then in truth the DSi doesn’t offer much above and beyond what the DS currently offers bar some downloadable games and the potential for future Virtual Console content (which is just a matter of time). The problem in the first place is that the DS does offer a good breadth of content (apart from, perhaps, that apparently gigantic majority of 15-25 year olds who only like to shoot things and drive things because they’re so incredibly mature) so the point is pretty moot.

    Where, in any of these criticisms has anyone asked for any of the USPs that the DSi offers over the DS?

    I imagine quite a few people wanted downloadable games. The media capabilities? Not many, probably. Certainly not music in AAC format and two poor-quality (albeit hugely flexible) cameras. So, I suppose in one sense you could argue that Koller’s point that the DSi isn’t reaching new markets is true. However, he made the mistake of saying that the DS didn’t already reach beyond the ‘kids market’. Which is false.

    So, my PSP question, then. Well, I guess it doesn’t matter now. If you wanted to answer it you would have done so.

    #59 6 years ago
  60. Shatner

    Damn right.

    #60 6 years ago
  61. theevilaires

    @ Retroid: im just busting balls thats all. And whats up with the no platinum trophies…to busy playing xbox you dirty xbot :P

    #61 6 years ago
  62. Retroid

    :P

    #62 6 years ago
  63. Hero of Canton

    Excellent. Glad that’s all cleared up.

    #63 6 years ago
  64. Patrick Garratt

    Heh.

    #64 6 years ago
  65. wz

    I hate when there are > 50 comments. I never understand what you people are talking about, since I never see there’s a previous page.

    #65 6 years ago
  66. SERAPHEMZ

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    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]