Bullshit and proof clamshell designs are superior
by, 7th September 2013 at 09:05 AM (526 Views)
So, I got an Xbox One email from Microsoft, who are desperately trying to get me an Xbox One (fact: I won't*). In it, they claimed two things: that you can "buy your games on disc, or download them". Sorry, Microsoft, but Nintendo and Sony kinda already beat you to it. Two, it said that "with Xbox One, you can suspend and resume gameplay instantly. Even in the middle of a battle." I'd like to note that there has been something that provides this feature pretty much constantly: the START button, which pauses the battle. While it hasn't been implemented in turn-based systems, it's not a problem then, either. The only thing that happens is that you accumulate play time, which, unless you're a speedrunner (where you shouldn't be taking a break anyways) or playing Final Fantasy IX and trying to get the Excalibur II (you have to reach an area the final dungeon in 12 hours or less; again, there's the pause button), doesn't matter. Hell, starting with at least Final Fantasy VIII, you can pause in the field! Sorry, Microsoft, but people beat you to it.
The bullshit part is in the middle: "purchase a game digitally and start playing it while it downloads". How the hell do you do that?! I mean, it could be really efficient, I dunno. It just baffles me.
At least they're letting people buy used games without paying for it again. That was bullshit.
Also, I'd like to bring attention to the PlayStation Vita. It has a design reminiscent of the GBA's design. Not the SP's; the regular Game Boy Advance. This is more problematic then the GBA, giving that it has a recharger that can scrape against it if you have a backpack**. Causing the screen to scratch. Not the best idea, eh? Hell, at least make a cover for it!
Yes, my screen is scratched. My 3DS's? Not at all. Even though it's with it in the exact same circumstances. I chalk it up to the clamshell design.
This also means that the 2DS might have these problems too, but at least they didn't use the design of a handheld that was infamous for its bad design.
*A very simple reason for this is that I have video game tastes similar to that of a Japanese person, which includes primarily JRPGs (at least, if TV Tropes isn't screwing with me). The Xbox, I believe, lacks these. Plus, Microsoft's not too popular in Japan, anyway, so.
**The GBA has batteries, similar to the Game Boy, I believe.
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