This Somewhat Self-Respecting 30 Year Old Humbly Disagrees, Mr Tretton




Sony America President and CEO Jack Tretton seems to think Nintendos are for babies (Consumerist):

Our view of the 'Game Boy experience' is that it's a great babysitting tool, something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those. He's too old for that.

Well that's probably true since it's kind of difficult to get your hands on a working Game Boy worth playing considering the plethora of options out there, including emulators that work just fine on the DS. I should know, I'm one of those old ass gamers who you will see sitting on an airplane with my Nintendo.

Tretton continues:

They're starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond. I mean, you've gotta be kidding me. Why would I buy a gaming system without a hard drive in it? How does this thing scale? Motion gaming is cute, but if I can only wave my arms six inches, how does this really feel like I'm doing true accurate motion gaming?

Obviously Tretton doesn't actually play any video games, especially the ones he's trying to push here.

I own a PS3, of course, because I don't have the hand/eye coordination to enjoy Wii. But I also own a trusty Nintendo DS Lite, which has accompanied me on every single flight I've taken in the last two years and I'm not at all embarrassed to play it in public. Sure, little kids cuddle up to me in the airport and want to check out my awesome R4 card (there's nothing like sharing the NES games of my youth with kids who weren't around when 8 bit Super Mario was the best we had) but I don't leave home without it if I'm taking a long trip. My DS may not have a hard drive but who needs one? One cartridge carries all of my games plus all of my favorite NES titles such as Yo! Noid, Super Mario Bros 3, Excitebite, Metroid (yes, original Metroid!), Rampage, Contra, TMNT, etc... suddenly PSP doesn't seem so awesome, does it?

Personally I don't want full motion portable gaming, why would I want to elbow the businessmen sitting next to me on the plane?

This really makes Tretton look like an asshole more than it makes Nintendo players look like losers. Maybe that's why PSP sales have never and will never come close to embarrassing Nintendo DS sales?

Everyone knows grown ups like using a stylus, duh.

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