Recently, Sony has gone ahead to announce its new PS4 system to the delight of many and fear of some. With this new announcement, several new features were introduced to the gaming world that many gamers are excited about. Take features like the ability to see friends playing through real-time streaming to videos posted on facebook and you have a seriously socially-connected device.
This feature really will take word of mouth to the next level. It doesn't take a crystal ball to realize how well does social media impact a business.
Now gaming has had a completely major issue, (Sony in particular has had real trouble with this) in which hardly most hobbies and other types of entertainment don't really have to deal with. And rightfully so, because industry-wise it just makes so goddamn sense, it only makes sense to the select few. And I'm talking about.. you guessed it: Shitty "journalism".
Remember when the PS3 came out? Opening up a gaming website or a game magazine those days was the equivalent of buying a car magazine only to open it up to find articles upon articles saying:
"DONT YOU DARE BUY A CAR!!"
Now.. I can understand if there was a whole wealth of car manufacturers (and they are of course), but in the case of gaming there were only 2 true next gen systems at the time because there was only 2 companies making those. If you are anything close to being a gamer, why the hell would you want to have less choices or have your whole hobby's lively-hood riding on the hands of just one company?
It's the equivalent of movie enthusiasts actually wanting all movie studios other than paramount to go bust. It makes no sense.
Not good for gamers, not good for the industry but it sure was hell of good for the bunch of BS websites and "journalists" who got a bunch of clicks from gaming fans. And in turn, advertisement dollars.
But it happened in videogames. Now of course there was some things to gripe about back in those days, it took sony a while to actually make psn as awesome as it is now. Thanks to how a great live was (isn't competition great?).
Sony's famous $599 announcement was back then was for gaming media the equivalent of the Harlem Shake is now for youtube. If you had a game website, you had to make sure you present to the fans and make sure they get annoyed as hell about it. (I hate the Harlem Shake dang it)
But here is the real kicker folks: in an age when kids parents happily purchase a 600 dollar ipad for little 2 year old jimmy, paying more than 400 bucks for the console of your dreams grants you a place in the hall of shame, congrats! Your a complete sucker for wasting that much money. And who pushed that thought into your heads? Gaming Media of all things.
If you are reading this you are a gaming fan. And most likely you would have all the cool gear and stuff you can afford. Sure $599 is a lot for the common folk but they are not like you, tell a real car nut if they wouldn't buy a ferrari or a badass car if they could. Of course they would. And game system launches are always with us in mind.
Back when the ps3 came out I would have great friends of mine who were into movies who purchased it just because it was a 600 buck blu-ray player. And blu-ray players would cost 1g back then, hell I made a 1300 dollar pc at the time just for gaming. Which a lot of people do that, but other standards have been made in place for console gaming.
$250 for the best handheld ever? Hell no! Lets get a kindle instead so we can play angry birds and see pics of other people's food on facebook! No wonder gaming companies wanna flock other to that side, the grass seems just greener over there.
And that's what is happening right now.
You have been made to believe that meanwhile your pc gamer friends who have that envious 2,000 dollar PC or have a cool but unneeded car are their hobbies and respective "hobbyist friends" heroes, you are a dumbass if you spend too much on yours. And to top it off the people who got that into your brain are douchebag fanboys and people who actually got the same system for free because they write about it and even possible make more money than you. Thanks.
I've been recently noticed that I don't actually "need to go for gaming websites less and less these days, and sony might deal the killing blow on this.
Thank goodness for sony, because if the amazing features turn out to be true, then all these damage dealing shitty ass websites who contribute nothing but shit to the world of gaming have serious issues to deal with.
Reviews? F-- that, try this instant demo right now and make up your own mind.
Stategies? check out people play right now.
Upcoming games? Hell you can view videos and pre-purchase games, have them ready for download day 1.
And now the gamers themselves will be part of gamings own "gaming media" and possibly the main source of advertisement for everyone else, I know I'm sure to share that cool headshot I did last night.
Good Move Sony.