Quote of the whatever-you-like

SCE big man Kaz Hirai has been trying to reassure the PlayStation faithful that they’ve made the right choice in an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine. Which I’ve now shamelessly pilfered from Eurogamer.

“This is not meant in terms of numbers, or who’s got the biggest install base, or who’s selling most in any particular week or month, but I’d like to think that we continue official leadership in this industry.”


Hirai doesn’t see Nintendo as a competitor, and calls them “a different world, and we operate in our world.” That’s convenient, but Nintendo’s world is more popular these days, isn’t it?

As for Xbox, Hirai “can’t come up with one word to fit. You need a word that describes something that lacks longevity.” Presumably because the PlayStation 2 lasted longer than the original Xbox. Best of all though:

“And, unless things go really bad, there’s no way that at the end of a life cycle our competition is going have a higher install base.”

Things have already gone pretty bad, haven’t they? But I suppose if you dismiss companies selling vastly more consoles than you as not being your competitors, then you’ll be fine. In your own, mental head, if not the harsh reality of the real economy.


Jake has been here since the beginning, with hundreds of reviews and countless other guff to his name. These days, not so consistent.

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  • I agree with him a little regarding the Wii. It IS a different world. 99% of the games are utter shite and I find it difficult to find a reason to turn my Wii on, now that WiiSports and Mario Kart have been officially exhausted.

    Weekly releases of Cooking Mama and Shake-a-stick-at-it do not an enjoyable games console make. It’s aimed at small children, women, and proles. And as a “product” for such an audience it’s doing amazingly well.

    But even still, it just doesn’t have the interesting games. We’ve a Wii in our office and it never gets turned on, with instead table fußball being the more interesting game of choice.

    RE: PS3/Xbox stuff… 80% of the games are multiplatform EA titles nowadays, so it’s not like it really matters. They should just get it over with and produce one unified console.

  • Well, I’ve just bought a fabulous blue argyle sweater from GracieGracie so I’m happy today. And if I don’t turn on my Wii who will water my flowers?

    Also, Games Asylum has an office?

  • No, I have an office (shared with another studio). I suppose you could call it Games Asylum’s parent company, but err, it’s not really, it’s my design company.

    I’m almost tempted by Animal Crossing, but it kind of feels like a game that’s better suited to the DS.

  • I was wondering before I got the game if I would enjoy it as much as the DS version, because it also seemed to me that it’s a game best suited to a handheld.

    However, once I started playing the game on Wii I remembered why I stopped playing the DS version.

    It’s the type of game that to get the most out of it it’s ideally played for a short amount of time each day. The problem with me playing on my DS at the time was that I never really traveled anywhere (living in the centre of Liverpool then I went everywhere on foot). Now I’m in London and I think playing on cramped tube every day would be awkward.

    Of course, there’s nothing stopping me from sitting at home playing on the game on a small screen but it seems much better to just play it on the Wii. If I’m unlikely to play it regularly on the move then the DS version holds no advantage. I’m into the rather nice habit now of lying back on the sofa for half-an-hour or so after work doing a spot of fishing, catching some bugs and trying to grow huge forests comprising of Coconuts and Oranges. Best of all I can play it one-handed (that sounds so wrong now) so I can enjoy a beer at the same time!

    Fundamentally it’s exactly the same game as on the DS which I think has got a lot of people up in arms (strangely not the same people who even played the DS version… or bought the Wii version, people just like to moan). However it’s still more of a series progression than say, Pro Evo 6 was to Pro Evo 5 (to 4, to 3 etc.) Getting regular makeovers to look like Mii’s (and I’ve made some pretty funny looking ones lately) keeps me entertained no end.

    Although I haven’t used the Wii Speak microphone that came in the box with the game yet (I’m the only 26 year-old I know with this!), it’s a great tool for leaving drunken ramblings to your mates at 3am (you can send voice messages to anyone on your friends list which is kinda cool).

    It remains to be seen whether DLC adds much more value to the game but I’m pretty happy with it so far. I’ll keep you posted if I’m still playing it this time next month ;)

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