Sunday, April 10, 2011

3DS News Collection

~ Starting off with the Sony CEO Jack Tretton.

Our view of the 'Game Boy experience' is that it's a great babysitting tool, something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those... He's too old for that.

Ouch. He's referring to the new 3DS system, but really that's a jab at all DS's. As the twenty-something who has used a DS on a plane, that hurt. Since I don't believe any "good" parent would allow their child to play GTA: Chinatown Wars, Advance Wars. Nor would a child with ADD be able to sit through Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger on the DS. Jack. Give the system a little bit of credit. It's been beating the pants off of yours for years. I realize it's a sensitive subject, but you just alienated a good chunk of your target audience of adults.

If you're really going to sustain technology for a decade, you have to be cutting edge when you launch a platform, Tretton continues, followed with motion gaming being "cute". Sure you have powerhouse system Sony, but your gaming line-up took a few years to catch up while Nintendo and Microsoft dominated the market. I get your stance but you might want to hold back on the trash-talk Jack.

~ Harvest Moon will be coming out to the 3DS. For those without a 3DS, the company plans to have a simultaneous release for multiple DS systems.

~ DSI Ware on the 3DS can't be played off the SD card. This is very similar to how games on the Wii Shop worked where if you stored them on the SD card, the system won't play them until you move them to the system. Unfortunately, a simple "update" of the system isn't enough to fix the issue. The way the DSi infrastructure for purchase and installation ends to foobar the process. However! If you are purchasing 3DS games, you can play them off the SD card.

~ Some US optometrists feel that the 3DS is good for kids under 6. I'm scratching my head on this one. But the basic idea is that it can help catch eye problems early if kids play the system, such as amblyopia if the child can't view 3D. Only 15% of pre-school aged children receive full eye exams, so the idea that the system can catch problems early is a help to doctors and parents.

Ok, I can see where they're getting at. But there are others in the article that still stand that the younger children should not use the system and everyone should use the 3DS sparingly. One optometrist stated that there should be a limit on 3D. While there is no set amount, sound judgment should be use.


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