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Is the PS Vita “a car wreck”? |

I think it’s safe to say most of us are very excited about the (unfortunately delayed) PS Vita launch, but apparently that’s not how Lyle Hall and Matthew Seymour, developers at Heavy Iron Studios, feel. (on a side note, this studio is mostly responsible for adaptations from movies like Up, Wall-e, Incredibles and Ratatouille according to wikipedia)

These guys are really questioning the sales price of the product saying that “if people aren’t willing to pay $249 for a Nintendo 3DS why would they pay $299 for Vita?”. These guys believe mobile gaming is the future because “people don’t want to carry more than one thing in their pocket, that’s why Android and iPhone have done so well, they are the devices of choice, they offer multiple functions outside of gaming”

Personally, I feel like he’s not talking about “hardcore gaming” and is mostly focusing on casual games, take this for example “The technology is sweet, I’m a huge fan of mobile technology, but I just don’t know there’s a market out there anymore for the hardware. I can’t see why you would want to put a device out that only does games”. What is the importance of the casual gamer in console sales numbers? That’s a question I feel would really help in this discussion, but I wonder if someone could even come up with such number.

While I see the point he’s using, I’ll have to disagree because I don’t think people would use the PS Vita as a mobile phone even if it had the capacity to do so. It’s too big and awkward for that. Also, no other mobile device is capable of handling what the Vita will be able to. What do you guys think, is the Vita going to have a future similar to Nintendo’s 3DS or will it prevail in this time of multitasking?


  • Eddie

    The original article never just points out the Vita. It was also referring to the 3DS. The original article title was a sensationalist piece of crap lol.

    With that said…a guy who makes games that can’t be played on a mobile doesn’t like mobile consoles….REALLY? ….

    So lets look and see what Heavy Iron brought to the gaming industry.

    Evil Dead: Hail to the King (2001)
    Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights (2002)
    SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (2003)
    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Game (2004)
    The Incredibles (2004)
    The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (2005)
    Ratatouille (2007)
    WALL-E (2008)
    Up (2009)
    SpongeBob’s Truth or Square (2009)
    UFC Personal Trainer (2011)

    oh…more like Heavy Irony huh?

  • Eddie: oh…more like Heavy Irony huh?  

    lol, my thoughts exactly.

  • Can I haz some Haters gonna Hate gif?

  • new eddie was going to rub his butt all over this….p-u

  • Eddie

    Jason: new eddie was going to rub his butt all over this….p-u  

    Why would I? The developer was hating on all handhelds. Not just the Vita.

  • Jay

    They should just go back to making the next Spongebob game and shut up lol

  • That guy probably thinks angry birds and fruit ninja are awesome games…

  • Jay: They should just go back to making the next Spongebob game and shut up lol  

    they could make it a iOS exclusive since the thing is so great apparently, I wouldn’t care…

  • Ace

    EdEN: Can I haz some Haters gonna Hate gif?  

  • I for one fully support them. What they’re saying is actually consistent and i respect that.

    I completely disagree but I respect what they’re saying. EVERYONE it seems constantly digs at the DS and now the 3DS saying how the iPhone and mobile gaming makes them irrelevant.. this is one of the two articles I’ve ever read where someone saying that actually included the PSP/Vita.

    It’s the double standard with Nintendo. iPhone > 3/DS because
    – I already have a mobile device
    – download games anywhere
    – yada yada yada
    but all those reasons also apply to the PSP and everyone raves about (at the time the PSP) and now Vita.

    It’s the same thing with the Wii and Kinect. Everyone hates moving their hands with the Wii but suddenly they’re willing to clear 10 feet of items in front of their TV and literally jump around, like a 4 year old playing Wii while listening for House of Pain, for Kinect.

    I think all the “mobile gaming is the future” and “in the future all games are digital” guys are both idiots and wrong but at least this is being consistent with the idea.

    I don’t mind the haters. I honestly don’t. it’s depressing, but I get it.. if you don’t like the Wii that’s fine if you don’t like the 3DS that’s ok. But I despise the hypocrisy and the overhype.

    As for the actual issue there is a point to be made if someone actually made it correctly. Here’s what I’d try to say if I was playing devil’s advocate:

    With systems like Vita becoming more powerful and delivering experiences that previously were exclusive to the consoles. We have to consider whether the market still wants the experience that dedicated handheld consoles are providing. Mobile gaming is providing the experience that is specifically crafted for mobile gameplay.

    something like that.

  • Eddie:
    Why would I?The developer was hating on all handhelds.Not just the Vita.  

    Where Vita is mentioned Eddie around 🙂

  • That guy probably thinks angry birds and fruit ninja are awesome games…

    Actually that kinda proves my point. I DO remember reading an article in which someone was saying with glee how Fruit Ninja was the greatest of the Kinect games. I admit I’ve never played Fruit Ninja.. at least I don’t think I have but I’ve read a bit about the game. I know the type. I’m sure it works well and all but if that’s the best game for Kinect.. why are we excited for Kinect again? It was the same thing with WiiSports. I get why my Mom would like WiiSports but EVERYONE in the industry was going on like it was the greatest experience ever.. and then 4 months later *OLD* (overhype)

  • Eddie

    Actually Fruit Ninja IS the best Kinect game lol. No lie.

  • If Fruit Ninja is the best Kinect game, then the system is really broken. No lie.

  • Eddie

    these are the same stories before both the DS and the PSP launched. Handhelds are fine…DS still sells gangbusters. PSP launched at the same price the Vita is launching at. Nothing to see here. Just go enjoy your favorite games and new genres to the handheld market that we have never gotten to experience before.