News vs. Opinion

you know. i try really hard to like kotaku. but, they make it damn difficult with slanted news. they’re like the fox network of video game news sites.

i always end up telling myself that it’s a blog, not a news site. therefore, if the news is skewed in order: sony, nintendo, anything else, xbox — that’s okay.

maybe it’s just their closed comment section that irritates me. that and the insular, navel-gazing comments your site produces because only ‘approved buddy list’ posters are allowed.

yeah. maybe that’s it.

anyway. a headline that, in my most humble opinion, should read something along the lines of ‘analyst: playstation 3 misses spring launch,’ it says instead through rose colored glasses: ‘analyst: 1 million ps3’s this fall.’

even next generation puts the headline at ‘Analyst: PS3 in November With Just 1M Units.’ notice the subtle use of the word ‘just.’ that connotates dissapointment. which, is what the analyst is saying — they are disappointed.

so, the next generation headline says basically the same thing, just with a completely different emotion — an accurate one.

again, tho, it’s a blog — not a credible news source.

and what about this:

“Just for reference, one million PS3s would triple Xbox 360s launch shipment (but, the company shipped 1.3 million units by the time the holidays were over).”

“fall” to me means “by the time the holidays were over.” so, how about comparing apples to apples? say something like “2 million units shipped world wide by the end of the year” or something if you want to make the ps3 look huge. give a reference point. tho, it’s really pretty futile to compare considering you have a world-wide launch vs. a staggered-over-a-year launch.

so, maybe we just shouldn’t even go there.

afterall, 1 million ps3’s in the fall != 300,000 xbox 360s on launch day.

it’s not like i’m holding them to the fire. ‘stop being such fanboys!‘ i’m just pointing out why it is that they don’t get any respect from any of the big boys. the reason why ‘kotaku-whatever-the-hell-that-is’ gets made fun of.

it’s just a group of little fanboys led by a bigger fanboy leader who won’t let anyone but his friends post comments on his site. not that i’d want to post, i suppose. it’d be just a tremendous timesink for me, i’m sure. smacking down people who don’t know the difference between religion and tools.

which leads me to my own comments here.

some people may see them as xbox fanboyish. which is actually okay by me. i’m posting opinion. not regurgitating press releases or other people’s articles and trying to be a news site.

and, in response to being called fanboyish, i’m not going to do the whole childish disclaimer: “i don’t care which system is best. i’m own them all.” i typically only buy one console per generation. (afterall, there’s only so much room in my entertainment center)  i could give a damn about which company makes it. i buy consoles based on possibilities. on potential. on how much power or coolness developers can wring out of it.

commodore 64. intellivision. genesis. (heh. go 16 bit!) playstation. (dude! it had a cd player!) pc gaming.

i even had my pre-order ready for a ps2. (the emotion engine was going to be so much cooler than the dreamcast) and then, microsoft had to go and announce a system with a hard drive that was broadband only. i did the fastest about-face you’ve ever seen.

looking forward, it’s xbox live and killer developer tools that spell huge potential for the 360. that’s why i bought one of those.

i could give a damn about blu-ray. i hate technology for the sake of technology. some of the software features are pretty cool, but not really disruptive. not like the dvd. not like when the cd came out. not like time shifting your television. it’s more of the same, just better for more money. that’s why hdtv is having such a hard time cementing in the marketplace. it’s not disruptive. just more of the same, but better.

for something to be disruptive, it needs to break one of the legs of the time-cost-quality triangle.

the cell processor? the same thing. the rsx? the same.

the first xbox live? more of the same features you could experience on a pc. neat, but not a must have.

xbox live on the 360? completely and utterly distruptive.

i’m not a fan of any particular company. i’m a fan of disruptive technology. i guess that’s why i love the internet so very much.

m3mnoch.

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18 comments so far

  1. gamer1 on

    I totally agree with you regarding the fanboy communities. When it comes down to it though, not everyone can afford every console and support a valid objective argument. With the ownership of a single console, these people will tend to lean towards the viewpoint of their console manufacturer’s viewpoints in terms of the success of their system. Even for large websites that review games for every system, many of the reviews for their games are divided amongst teams for each system. Because of this, we get lots of fanboys (or fangirls) reviewing games for the system of their choice.

    I believe that I hold the same views about Blu-Ray technology as you do. It even seems that the inclusion of Blu-Ray may be more of a distraction than a benefit towards the advancement in video game technology. But regardless of this view, Sony will sneak this technology into the living rooms of gamers for the benefit of watching HD movies. It’s unfair that because of Sony’s large fanbase, many gamers will be blind to this fact.

    Microsoft online strategy seems brilliant in comparison, however, bringing unique content to the gamer by creating a product based on something that they know best, creating useful software user interfaces. With the inclusion of everything that can be found on the dashboard: the achievement system, games list for friends, chat system across games, music and background customization, and downloadable games and content, the Xbox 360 seems truly revolutionary in comparison to its predecessors and offers a unique experience, not only to individual gamers, but to the gaming community as a whole. This is something that I don’t think Microsoft’s competitors will be able to grasp during the next generation console war, and is definitely unfortunate to those who are subjective towards the view of Microsoft’s competitor fanboy communities.

  2. pocketDragon on

    I thought I was the only one who was consistantly annoyed with kotaku… and for just about the same reason. What’s the point of having invite only commenting on a blog.

  3. m3mnoch on

    amen.

    m3mnoch.

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