I'm aware who Tommy Tallarico is, unfortunately this counts for absolutely nothing as I'm sure we also remember Mike Kennedy being a respected and well-liked member of the retro community - he was also passionate about his project, maybe a little too passionate at times..... Keiji Inafune was loved by Megaman fans and we know what happened there, a name is just a name and past achievements mean nothing.
You could be right. This could be the wrong way to approach this. It could all go sideways really quickly. The key thing for me is that it?s a group of industry veterans that all believe in the ideas rather than just one guy who?s ideas got away from him.
The key thing for me is that they?re not asking for money. At least not from the consumer. They?re most likely announcing now because they?re seeking like-minded investors and developers.
In terms of Inafune, I don?t think he?s a good example. He did deliver something that wasn?t a scam. While it was highly disappointing, it shows just how hard it is to accomplish this stuff.
What strikes me as odd about this one is that they literally have nothing to show, they have a wonky looking drawing and have made an announcement, like the Coleco Chameleon they're doing everything ass backwards
I can?t completely agree with that. While I understand what you mean about it just being a drawing, the details of the drawing give me a lot of hope. Sticking with a modernized Intellivision design for the controllers took some serious balls. As one might expect, it was the first thing everyone criticized. Yet the design also shows that they understood why the Intellivision worked and refuse to compromise on that vision. Can?t guarantee it will work, but they have my respect.
Compare that to Atari Box. The joystick is little more than a gimmick meant to trigger nastolgia. The Amico doesn?t even manage that!
they have this dream of creating an ecosystem based on ancient video games and it just won't happen.
Maybe not. I hope they do though. I got my first Intellivision in 2007 and couldn?t believe just how much the industry had forgotten its inventions. There really were some incredible ideas on the system that haven?t been brought forward by a more action-oriented market. In that respect I get where Tommy is coming from when he talks about family games and how we need anotherWii Bowling.
Nintendo thought it was all about the accessories. I used to joke that the Wii was the console of a thousand accessories. But I think the real lightening in the bottle was making such an widely appealing and immediately accessible experience.
Nobody wants to buy a frickin' $150+ console to play basic games on. Yet here we are with announcements about how much games will cost, how people will interact with it, how it will fill this huge fictitious gap in the market. This all sounds eerily familiar....
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And then there's the misleading (and just plain false) PGS-style claims used to demonstrate a need for their console:
?Most every game being made for the home consoles these days is created with only the hardcore gamer in mind? - no they aren't, why would any honest person in the industry say that?
Yeah, I cringed when he said that. I wrote a whole Quora post on just how messed up the usage of ?hardcore? has become with the word ?core?. As in ?core market?. I understood what he was trying to say (i.e. we never quite picked up that full Wii market again), but he didn?t quite get his message across.
"We see a world where everyone is interested in playing at home and with friends, but this isn?t currently possible" - this is already happening and has been for decades.
"barrier to entry is nearly impossible for a non-gamer due to the complexity of the controllers" - children learn to use a normal controller very quickly, theirs has a rotating disc, a gyroscope and a touchscreen...
I agree this statement didn?t come across very well. In fact, I vehemently disagree with the statement itself. If anything, I think the introduction of cell phones have made modern game systems more approachable for all ages. I just don?t see the older generation struggle like they used to. And kids are getting skills in interacting with computing devices at ridiculously young ages.
Where I do agree is that there is a large market that was interested in the Wii that have zero interest in the PS4 or XBone. Heck, I proudly count myself among them. It?s way more fun to hack an RS-97 to play old retro games than it is to sit in front of a modern game console.
I also play a lot of modern tabletop games as well. I?ve found that the social aspect of gaming when I was younger (e.g. Street Fighter matches, Golden Eye, Mario Party, etc.) has been lost in today?s online games. Tabletop games have evolved into more sophisticated ?thinking? games that challenge the video game generation while retaining that face-to-face time we really need.
If the Amico brings that back to video games, I?m all for it! Especially if they can figure out the magic that made the Intellivision system such a good family device. (I don?t care what else they make. I?d buy it just for 2 player Shark! Shark!)
Literally everything he says is complete BS and instantly sets alarm bells ringing. Look at that games list, just stuff you can get elsewhere for pennies or unlicensed knock-offs and their prices start at $2.99.
In fairness, he did address the game price point pretty directly in the interview. He said that the system would launch with $2.99 - $7.99 games, though he expected very few $2.99 games overall. He also said that post-launch he expects games to stabilize at the $15 - $20 range. Which is not unreasonable.
Again, I don?t disagree that red flags exist. And his over enthusiasm almost turns me off. But when I really look at the at the details, I find a depth that simple doesn?t exist for the Atari Box or that Coleco-guar-thing. Doesn?t guarantee success or that I won?t feel stupid for having supported them when this all goes horribly wrong. But I do feel that they have a real plan that the others don?t. That?s why I compare it to the Ouya. The Ouya was not a scam. But they did misjudge some aspects of the market which eventually did them in. Maybe Amico learns all the right lessons and succeeds? We?ll see!