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PSP still hasn't reversed Nintendo's handheld dominance {Joystiq}

Feb 27th 2007 3:35PM "With Sony, its DRM first, user experience second. And unlike the DS, the PSP can't bring much in terms of gameplay connectivity to its mother system."

The Sony DRM issues don't impact gameplay whatsoever. It's been a drag for them in dealing with online media content, but that's it.

As for gameplay connectivity, I don't see a lot of that on the DS/Wii right now, so at least the PS3/PSP connection actually has functionality to it with PS1 games and remote play on the small screen. Whether it really makes it a mitigating factor for sales remains to be seen, of course. They need to divorce PSP/PS1 downloads from the PS3.

As for the others who *claim* to own a PSP and commenting on poor game selection - you seriously need to go look at the software rack. The PSP has a library that is quite robust these days.

The DS has ports, rehashes and sequels just like the PSP (although the latter gets more literal translations, obviously - and too many damned racing/sports titles). The PS2 has even gotten a couple of PSP ports, so I don't know where this notion has originated that the DS games are being ported to Wii. Trauma Center isn't a port.

The PSP isn't 'huge' - it was smaller in volume and weight than a Phat and can fit in a pocket with no problem. Slap a screen protector on that thing and you're good. The real bulk comes from those damned UMD games. Fragile and big, they're really the problem with the portability. Not the size of the handheld.

What I do agree with is that the DS has more games that are designed with portable/quick gaming in mind. The PSP could use more quick & simple yet addictive titles (which is not to say the DS doesn't have its share of games with depth, like Castlevania or Phoenix Wright).

And sorry, but FFIII makes my eyes bleed. It's a decent game in terms of overall quest length and plot, but the head-bashingly tiresome gameplay coupled with those horrendous visuals and sorry, it doesn't "pwn" anything.

PSP still hasn't reversed Nintendo's handheld dominance {Joystiq}

Feb 27th 2007 2:38PM Jeez Joystiq, why don't you just make up non-news articles to bash Sony or the PSP? Oh, right. You do.

First off, how is PSP NOT on track to sell 50 mil in 10 years? It's sold somewhere around 25 million in less than 2 years. Maybe that's slowing, but how is such a feat no longer possible?

PSP games still pop up in Top 10 charts in US and even Japan markets. The system is selling a firm third place, even in Japan where one might expect the even-bigger-than-Gameboy/GBA DS phenomenon to eclipse all other competitors.

Did the PSP rout the the DS? No. Is it a failure? No. Dead? No.

It's true that Sony needs to take more steps to streamline their PSP approach. Focusing on online content without requiring a PS3 would be a start, a price drop would help as well as a redesigned HD-equipped unit that preferrably dumped the cheap UMD plastic sleeves and went directly to straight slot loading... One can dream. A little marketing might help, the kind that isn't made fun of by most media sources.

But at some point, the anti-Sony media hysteria becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Metareview: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters {Joystiq Playstation}

Feb 24th 2007 8:03PM Please point out exactly which facts I'm 'putting out' here conflict with the fact that there are more 70+ or 80+ metascored PSP games.

What I said here is simply that more PSP games would be 90+ or 'AAA'. I believe currently Metacritic lists no PSP games as 90+ whereas the DS has two: MK and Advance Wars DS (the latter of which I do not feel deserves it).

If anything, the fact that Metacritic shows the PSP with 43 (-1 Final Fantasy movie) 80+ titles vs. the DS with 29 (-3 of 4 Nintendogs titles) 80+ practically begs the question why the PSP doesn't have a couple of 90+'s under its belt. I say it's Nintendo favoritism.

You're welcome to disagree with that, but I'm certainly not contradicting myself.

GameHead gets Reggie making PS3 shooting crack {Joystiq}

Feb 24th 2007 3:39PM As usual, my weekly browsing of the top blogs at Joystiq finds it littered with blatant and undisguised Sony-hate-inspired FUD.

Similarly on par, we have aggro Nintendo militants dancing around the various bonfires that Joystiq writers set for them in true pandering fashion.

Does anyone really read Joystiq isn't a Nintendo fanboy or Sony hater?

Metareview: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters {Joystiq Playstation}

Feb 24th 2007 3:13PM Well, I agree that technically no company should be 'cut slack' too - but I think Nintendo gets cut a lot of slack by critics and writers... In part because they have been the underdog for a few years and their IP driven marketing has inspired a tremendous amount of loyalty and fondness for their characters.

Sony has made some idiotic mistakes and Nintendo made some popular and effective moves in recent months, but on the whole I think the general online game community is giving Sony a disproportionately hard time.

My friend walked into Gamespot the other day and had to listen to an anti-Sony tirade for about 15 minutes while buying a PS3 game. How Sony was going down in flames, the PS3's are all being recalled for burning up, etc. etc. -- Sony hate and FUD is rampant.

Thus, some critics buy into it and it colors the scores. I firmly believe Metacritic and Gamerankings would show more AAA 90+ PSP games were it not for this phenomenon.

Metareview: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters {Joystiq Playstation}

Feb 23rd 2007 3:09PM 1UP has one or two reviewers who pan any PSP game they come across. In fact, I think every site has one or two of those -- some people just really don't want to cut Sony any slack, these days.

Tales of Destiny 2 nearly tops Japanese sales chart {Joystiq Playstation}

Feb 22nd 2007 6:33PM Revdev is just another of many informationally bankrupt Nintentrolls peppering this and other Sony forums, spreading their special brand of anti-Sony FUD.

I knew when the DS started selling well that the militant Nintendo fanatics would be even louder and more obnoxious than usual - and it didn't take long.

PSP = teh suck, DS = the future, says EB {Joystiq Nintendo}

Feb 21st 2007 8:48PM What's funny: People pointing the finger of fanboyism who are themselves clearly plat-biased and single-system fanboys.

What's sad: That people still think the PSP lacks good, or original, games - or that it's 'not fun'.

What's flattering: That someone claimed 'in before' me.

What's lame: Impersonating The Yoon.

What's hypocritical: DS fans accusing PSP fans of being defensive or insulting.

What's hypocritical: DS bashing PSP fanboys commenting in this thread.

What's getting old: People who claim their PSP 'sits there collecting dust' when they haven't bought, rented or looked at any new games in the last few months. Here's a tip: Go look.

What's irritating: Fanboys who see things in black & white instead of competition being good for everybody. Those of us who have both can see how either company has pushed the other into better hardware and better games in this case. Regardless of who has sold how many more units than the other, it's been a damned good couple of years for handheld gamers.

Sony "very pleased" by record-breaking January sales [Update 1] {Joystiq Playstation}

Feb 21st 2007 6:45PM NPD is useless for anything other than basic trends in the market. They don't report online sales or those of some major retailers.

Sony "very pleased" by record-breaking January sales [Update 1] {Joystiq Playstation}

Feb 21st 2007 5:11PM Sometimes I just wish Sony wouldn't even talk.