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Discussion in 'Gaming' started by Sam Posten, May 23, 2019.
So very in for this!
I have absolutely no interest in buying this, but it's a really neat idea. It's almost like an art project with how they're releasing games for it.
I was checking it to see if this was posted yet.
I have conflicting reactions. It’s neat that a small company can go in on a new hardware venture like this and hit a price point that’s affordable to the young and old. There’s a lot of inchoate concern that the days of hardware and two-people-in-a-garage are behind us with the FAANG oligopoly dominating consumer tech and devices locked down and tinker-resistant. This is a demonstration it’s possible still to do something new and creative outside the gatekeepers (and without the consumer having to be non-equity investors via failure-prone Kickstarter campaigns).
But it also has a “twee” or “hipster” feel to me. It feels like a trinket I'd have found in a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog for bored rich travelers to buy. That’s not fair, but it’s p part of my gut reaction.
So, we’ll see. It could be a super fun toy for the gaming enthusiasts. Maybe the games will be short, suitable for the busy person who doesn’t have $360 worth of free time for Zelda on Switch. I look forward to seeing what comes of it. As for me, maybe I’ll play Firewatch on my Switch after Zelda.
Ars has a decent take on it.
I love how responsive the website is, I can rotate the console.
I love the idea, but I know I would rarely play it. I'd be better off getting a switch, which I haven't yet for the same reason.
Discussed in a recent episode of The Talk Show.
It makes more sense to me now, knowing that its conception pre-dates the Switch.
Although it looks kind of neat, it seems to be more of a tech demo than anything else. Pass.
I made it through about 30 minutes of The Talk Show last week before I got so tired of listening to Cabel and the other two guys that I had to skip to another podcast.
I confess to be a regular listener for seven-some years now; even have the t-shirt.
Play-date is obviously meant to a finished product, playable with a dozen games released in short order.
I’m not pre-ordering. But if the word is it has a couple must-play, short length games, I’d consider buying. I’m kinda it’s target audience: middle aged, not enough time to play big games, but still like games and gadgets, and can spare $150 on a lark.