Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Jun 2011 15:04 UTC
Apple Well, this just got interesting. There's been a bit of a backlash over Apple's Final Cut X Pro, which is considered a step down from previous versions by many professional videographers, as they claim it lacks countless features - leading to the nickname 'iMovie Pro'. Former Shake product designer and former Apple employee Ron Brinkmann has now weighed in on the situation. His advice to professionals? Don't rely on companies like Apple.
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RE[5]: Apple is getting arrogant
by CaptainN- on Wed 29th Jun 2011 20:58 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Apple is getting arrogant"
CaptainN-
Member since:
2005-07-07

I don't know that I buy that narrative. The sales numbers tell a different story. also, Nintendo is now making a play for the HC market again, presumably, having saturated the casual market - a market which they once owned BTW, back in the NES days. Many Wii games remind me of old NES games.

I find their Wii U strategy nothing short of genius. The possible stumbling blocks are their online strategy and getting their OS software quality up to iOS or Android levels at least.

There is no reason they shouldn't be able to compete with the more general purpose iPads out there - if they notice and take advantage the opportunity (and the form factor of their new controller alone signals that they do).

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

The sales numbers tell a different story.

You mean the sales numbers that have been dropping every single quarter for the last 4(before they dropped the price)? They managed to sell 9mil over the holiday season, only due to the radical price drop. And after that, they are back on their downward trend of dropping the sales numbers...

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CaptainN- Member since:
2005-07-07

Isn't that normal in their release cycle (which is actually a bit extended this round)? They seem to be right on target (just a just a bit behind) to get on with new hardware.

They also haven't had any exciting software releases - none of the big ones - Zelda, Metroid (Other M didn't count *grumble*), Mario (except a mid cycle sequel - which itself is uncharacteristic of Nintendo) - even a Mario Kart.

I bet the numbers tick up this year with the coming Zelda release, and a few other notable titles.

BTW, 3DS - according to the dominant narrative - had disappointing sales numbers. Again, the figures say they sold more than expected - but it wasn't a stellar release against other console releases that came along with flagship software. But the soothsayers in the media, really want that narrative to be about the coming sea change - the switch from specialized hardware to general purpose hardware (eg, Apple's hardware) - so they select their evidence carefully to cater to their confirmation bias.

We'll see what happens when Nintendo comes out swinging with AAA software - watch how the narrative changes then. ;-)

One last thing. Chasing the quarterly numbers - sounds like a losing game to me (just ask Barack Obama).

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Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Nintendo is now making a play for the HC market again

Rumors - Wii U is faster then xBox 360 1,5 times.
Carmack's rumor - new xBox will be faster 10 times then current one.

So go ahead - buy Wii U expecting for hardcore games (aka stuff that only people older then 12 could grasp), sure you'll get Battlefield 3, Timesplitters 4, Crysis 3, four years passes - 8th gen consoles will have another 6+ and you won't have hardcore games for those 6+ years.

Yeah nintendo aiming for hardcore market... If Metroid 17, Super Mario 37 or Zelda 41 is enough for your hardcore needs - buy the Wii U. ;)

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korpenkraxar Member since:
2005-09-10

There there. Many of us use a PC for the "hardcore" stuff anyways. The Wii is simply a great fun console to play together with family and friends and a stellar one if you are into platform gaming.

But wasn't this article about something completely different?

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CaptainN- Member since:
2005-07-07

Wii U comes out in 2012 - when do the next versions of XBox and PlayStation come out? Timing matters here, for any of your comments to hold true.

Additionally, if the current rumors (of 2015 for the next XBox) are correct, that means Nintendo should just be a year or two out for their normal product refresh - with a 3 year window where their hardware is the most capable.

BTW, I don't think "core" gamers and "adult" gamers are the same. Core gamers seem to favor violence, boobs and conformity above all else (all the countless CoD games and clones, and anything with sex in it). Adult gamers are already sticking it out on Wii with the likes of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and Mario - all of which they can play with their kids. Adult gamers favor challenge and substance over everything else.

Games with violence and boobs - I don't know why they became known as "adult" games, they really should be called "male puberty" games, since they mostly appeal to teenage boys. When I was a teenager, I really appreciated Duke Nukem and Mortal Kombat. How time changes things. :-)

Also, there is a huge overlap with "male puberty" and "core" gamers - "casual" gamers often just means girls (with some other smaller segments mixed in).

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