Nintendo has cornered the market on handhelds - they did it first, and they did it best. No one really cared about the PSP, let's face it; so why would they care about a smaller, UMD-less PSP? Sony's a great company, but they should really just stick with home consoles.
Besides brand familiarity and nostalgia, a large reason Nintendo's been so successful with handhelds is because (up until the 3DS at least), they offered a relatively streamlined, simple design. They left out all the bells and whistles in favor of charming, usually story-driven games that didn't take themselves too seriously nor bog down the player - Pokemon, Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton - heck, even Elite Beat Agents. Cheesiness be damned, that game was fun - and if you didn't think so, clearly you're a communist who hates music and all forms of happiness ranging from peaceful contentedness all the way up to blatant ecstasy.
In short, Nintendo developed, published, and simply provided a platform for games that played almost like books. And even after the 3DS' launch we still see games that play like books; books with smaller print and a larger need for reading glasses if you wish to avoid headaches, but books nonetheless.
Sony tried to take the other route, and neglected what consumers really wanted - they gave us bells, they gave us whistles, and they even gave us a few thingamabobs. But I don't want thingamabobs in my handheld game systems. There's just no room for them; if I'm sitting on public transport sandwiched between the gentleman overflowing into my seat and the lady wearing too much perfume, I'm not about to go waving my arms about to try to use motion controls, nor contort my hands to try and fire off a combo involving mashing eight buttons at once and swiveling one of the joysticks.
While you're sitting on the subway, the bus, the trolley, the backseat of a car from whose driver you hitched a ride, or in a seat on whatever form of public transport your local government is so gracious as to provide, you want a book. Simple and earnest entertainment that you can pause once you arrive at your destination.
To be perfectly honest, Sony's marketing tactics for the PS Vita are hinged on a rather cavalier attitude toward things like crossing the street and strolling down the sidewalk six inches from the curb as a speeding bus races by. "Never Stop Playing"? Thanks, but I think I actually will Stop Playing(TM) and look up from my "3G gaming" experience so the bloke with the earring doesn't go home and blog about the pile of guts that was left on the sidewalk after some punk couldn't pause Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 long enough to look up for a second before he stepped off the sidewalk into the path of the Route B North.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
EverQuest Next is a highly anticipated 3D MMORPG currently under development by Sony Online Entertainment.
Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.
Censorship Spells Trouble for League of Legends Patcher
Internet filtering has been a hot button issue for the past several years. With the slow gutting of protective measures like Net Neutrality, and with governmental powers seeking an end to online anonymity, it's rather harrowing to see the slow progression of political and social policing of the internet. Recently, after about a year of lobbying, the United Kingdom enacted a piece of legislation that many have come to call the "UK Porn Filter." What the filter requires is for British ISP's to implement filters and controls, which are on by default, that will block access to "violent material," not imited to "extremist and terrorist related content," "anorexia and eating disorder websites," and "suicide related websites."
Five Things Riot Needs To Do With League of Legends
The folks at Riot already have their work cut out for them moving into Season 4, and they?re doing a damned find job of weathering the transition so far. That said, here?s a few changes we?d like to see as the new season draws near.
The Five Best MMOs of 2013
2013 was quite a year for MMOs. Not only did we enjoy a whole host of strong releases; a bunch of already excellent games were made even better. Here's just a few of MMO Attack's favorite MMORPGs of the year.
Five Trends That Reshaped MMORPGs In 2013
It's been a hell of a year, hasn't it? As we move into the first days of 2014, let's take a look back at how the world of MMOs has changed - and how that might impact the future.
Best Free MMORTS and Strategy Games List (2014)
A top 10 list of the best free MMORTS and strategy games so you can give them all a try in one place and not have to worry about scouring the internet to find the best ones