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Washington Post Says GameCube is "Obsolete"

by Jonathan Metts - December 2, 2004, 9:52 am PST
Total comments: 40 Source: Washington Post

The newspaper's Tech Buying Guide says Nintendo's console is dead in the water.

From time to time, we here at PGC like to show our readers what the mainstream media is saying about Nintendo. Sometimes the comments are good, such as frequently occurs with articles by Steven Kent, one of the most prominent mainstream gaming journalists. In this case, one highly regarded publication doesn't think much of Nintendo's current console. The Washington Post's "Holiday Tech Buying Guide", by Rob Pegoraro, surveys various electronics categories and suggests the best buys in each field. For the gaming article, linked above, Mr. Pegoraro had this to say:

Most of the time, I've been able to limit my game-platform advice to one question: What games do you -- or the recipient of your gift -- play most often? Find out what console the games play on, and buy that.

This year, things are different. One console, the Nintendo GameCube, is clearly obsolete, with a diminishing supply of new titles. The other two -- PlayStation 2 and Xbox -- are far more competitive.

This is certainly one of the most damning comments about GameCube we've seen published, especially by such an influential newspaper.

Thanks to Willco at GAF for the tip!

Talkback

DeguelloJeff Shirley, Staff AlumnusDecember 02, 2004

A print publication calling something obsolete?

PlugabugzDecember 02, 2004

Pot, kettle, midnight black?

Bartman3010December 02, 2004

Its not like a good number of them are good...

But I must say, other than Metroid, there really isnt a must-have title for this christmas. Last year, we had all sorts of great titles. Not to mention Nintendo has quit with a lot of their special events for some reason.

JonLeungDecember 02, 2004

Well, being a Nintendo gamer, I'm obviously at least a little biased, but I also have a good PC, and I notice that more than half of the good games on the PS2 and Xbox end up on the PC anyway...so how can the GameCube be "obsolete" if there are still about two more years of actually-exclusive games yet to play? Granted, for the next couple years I'm just assuming there will be some great games, since I'm thinking some surprise hits we haven't even heard of are being cooked up, and you know, The Legend Of Zelda is always worth the wait. But this Christmas alone there are enough releases to keep me revisiting the local Blockbuster for the next few months (I only rent about twice a month)...games like Baten Kaitos, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Mario Power Tennis, Mega Man X: Command Mission, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, LotR: The Third Age, my brother wants to rent Amazing Island, there are even some older GameCube games I have left to play, even.

I think the number of titles on the PS2 and Xbox don't mean as much as people think they do. At least for myself, a self-proclaimed "hardcore gamer", who will play most any genre and not care too much about if it's rated E or M, though there's a bias there. I just think that if people didn't count the generic games, the games they would never touch, and the games that they didn't have time for, that would leave them with the same amount of game play time as GameCube owners. My friends, PS2 and Xbox owners, keep bragging about the number of games they could have, but they play a lot less than I do, and I'm more than busy enough with my 'Cube. And if the 'Cube can keep me and a lot of people busy, it can't be obsolete. Certainly not at this point, while we're still in this generation of consoles, even if it is mostly downhill from here.

Plus, "obsolete" implies a technical view, like you could say the NES and Super NES were obsolete even if you still found them fun. But the GameCube is in a few ways technically superior to the PS2, so if the PS2 isn't obsolete, how could the GameCube be?

uwvarkDecember 02, 2004

I can't find the email of that guy so I can be one of those guys who calls him a stupid moron.

jakeOSXDecember 02, 2004

I found a link at the bottom that said "Contact us" so I did, sent them this:

this is in reference to the following article

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25613-2004Dec1.html

which was about game consuls for the holidays. The author makes a comment that the Nintendo GameCube is obsolete. I would like to counter that argument.

First, the GameCube has better graphics than the PS2. With integration with periphials such as the GameBoy Advance, the new Bongo controlers and Wavebird, the only first-party wireless controller, the GameCube offers a wider variety of game play than any of the other systems.

The PS2 and XBox are basically clones of each other. There is very little reason to have both. The GameCube offers several exclusive titles such as Zelda, Metroid and the Mario games, that are not only great games now, but come from a gaming legacy that both young and older gamers can appreciate.

As for the diminishing titles comment, do not mistake quality for quantity. Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, Tales of Symphonia, Resident Evil 4, new Zelda and Mario games on the horizion, all exclusive to the GameCube, the amount of quality games for the Cube has and is only going up.

From a purely finacial standpoint, for $99 a buyer can get a GameCube, two controllers and Mario Kart, a deal that none of the other consuls can beat.

By reporting that the GameCube is obsolete, I believe the Post has done a diservice to its readers. This is a strong platform that in many ways outshines its competitors.

-jacob

Bias report: I am a GameCube owner, as i was a N64 owner, a Super Nintendo owner and a

JonLeungDecember 02, 2004

You should've spelled "consoles" correctly, and Tales of Symphonia and Resident Evil 4 are not exclusive, but you bring up a good point. Sending them an email might be more worth our time than complaining here...not much more, but better to show someone else your view instead of showing it to others who already share it.

Ian SaneDecember 02, 2004

I don't consider the Cube obsolete but my opinion obviously isn't the one of the average game buyer. I don't consider the SNES obsolete despite no new titles being made for it since 1997 because it still has worthwhile games for it that are not available anywhere else (even with the recent GBA porting Super Metroid for example remains a SNES exclusive). As long as a system has some games for it that are worth playing and are absolutely unavailable on any other platform via legal means then I don't consider it obsolete.

It's pretty extreme to use "obsolete" to describe the Cube since it does have games still being released for it and some high profile ones at that. Regardless of what the Washington Post says the new Zelda will be a Game of the Year candidate and will be acknowledged as such by gaming publications. And of course a 2004 GOTYC was released less than a month ago for the Cube. I will admit however that Resident Evil 4 going to the PS2 does contribute to the Cube being viewed as obsolete. You no longer need a Cube to play it so it no longer counts as a reason to justify the Cube's existence.

Still even though it's an extreme view it's accurate in the minds of the mainstream. Nintendo really has failed with the Cube. You can bring up figures that show Nintendo is still profitable (they better be considering the GBA's sales) but still the Cube is a complete failure. The Cube has removed virtually all public interest in Nintendo home consoles and that's much worse for Nintendo's future then any annual loss would.

Is the Cube truly obsolete? No. But Nintendo should act like it is when they release the Revolution. Nintendo has to assume that absolutely nobody cares about the Revolution and thus they have to convince everyone it's worthwhile, even us loyal fans. That means they can't rely on the Nintendo name or any association with their franchises. I'm not saying they shouldn't use the Nintendo name or not make franchise games but they can't rely on that (which they are doing right now since every Cube game released this year off the top of my head was a franchise game). Acting like they're a brand new company starting from scratch is overcompensating a fair bit but I think it's a direction they have to take. Assume no one cares because few do.

couchmonkeyDecember 02, 2004

As for the article, I give it a big "whatever". Mindless partisan comments. As for Ian's comments, I agree that some of the general public sees the Cube as a failure even though it's not a "real" failure.

I think that maybe NCL doesn't see the global picture. With the exception of the new Zelda, most of Nintendo's games continue to be very cute and family-oriented and Mario spin-offs outnumber new franchises by leagues. But I think this reflects what Japanese gamers are looking for, to some degree. My impression is that ultra-violent games don't sell as well in Japan, and cartoony, lighthearted games aren't a bad thing there. And franchises, especially Mario, sell Cubes in Japan. Mario Party 4 brought Cube sales within 1000 units of PS2 during one week, which is very rare in Japan.

Of course it's up to NOA to try and change the opinions of the uninformed masses here, but there's only so much NOA can do considering that NCL seems to have the final say in new game projects.

Edit: I talk too much, made post a bit shorter.

Ian SaneDecember 02, 2004

"I think that maybe NCL doesn't see the global picture."

I absolutely agree.

Hey purple's a regal colour right? Let's make it our official colour in all regions even though outside of Japan it represents homosexuality.

I don't think it's up to NOA to change the opinions of the masses. I think it's up to NCL to take into account the global market when making decisions that affect all territories. They need to stop handcuffing their global affiliates when it comes to local issues. NCL apparently is the reason NOA doesn't release demo discs in a normal fashion. Why? Why does NCL care about how demo discs are distributed in North America? NCL is the reason the Cube is offline. Whenever they talk about online they talk about how the concept is perceived in Japan. Um, yeah that doesn't apply to North America or Europe. Hot spots for example would NEVER work as a suitable solution in the US or Canada because the land is too big.

NOA not only can't change public opinion here, they shouldn't have to. A company is supposed to provide for the consumers needs and wants not decide what the consumers want. Hell forcing unwelcome ideas is part of Nintendo's problem. NCL has to make the change. They have to give NOA more control over what goes on in North America and have to encourage more non-Japanese game development.

Hostile CreationDecember 02, 2004

I have a black Gamecube face-icon-small-tongue.gif
This guy is a real stupidhead.

You should really allow us to use more obscene words on these forums.

vherubDecember 02, 2004

To a certain extent, it is joe and jill newsweek who decide which console will be the most successful each round because perception can speak volumes. Nintendo's gameboy line has clearly enjoyed such mainstream support for many years. The point of the article is the article itself, that those people outside the world of gaming really do consider the gamecube to be a nonfactor REGARDLESS of whether it is or not. Microsoft has been able to go from nothing to a solid system and as much as it might pain people, you have to give some credit there, both because some deep purses have created some poorly realized systems and also because on some levels, like the excellent Live system, the xbox is doing things right.
At the end of the day, no one's opinion, not wapo, the 6 o'clock news or an internet site can determine how much you get out of a system unless you let them. But Nintendo has allowed the Cube to slip off the radar for a lot of people and while this might not be some harbinger of doom, it certainly is not a positive by any means.

31 FlavasDecember 02, 2004

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Originally posted by: Ian SaneHey purple's a regal colour right? Let's make it our official colour in all regions even though outside of Japan it represents homosexuality.
How asinine can you get? It's just color. Purchase the black gamecube if a purple one makes you that insecure about you masculinity. It's rediculus that it should be that big of an issue to anyone.

The OmenDecember 02, 2004

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How asinine can you get? It's just color. Purchase the black gamecube if a purple one makes you that insecure about you masculinity. It's rediculus that it should be that big of an issue to anyone.



You're quite dubious yourself. What Ian is saying is the target market/demographic for consoles is teen/young adults. And that type of 'homosexual' thought process is rampant with the 'cool' crowd of the demographic. Sure there's a black GC, but it sure wasn't advertised at launch, was it? The bottom line is, you have to know who you're trying to attract. Launching with the black or platnium GC seemed an easy choice. Instead, Nintendo goes with purple, not exactly the color you want your console, that already is being called a toy, to launch with. Try telling an immature 13 year old that purple will look great in his room....and yeah, he'll end up with an Xbox. Nobody is saying that thinking is right, but it's true nonetheless.

mjbdDecember 02, 2004

That was a bogus comment about the Nintendo Gamecube, but I dont see it doing much damage at this point. After hearing that the Mario Kart bundle has sold over 250k since its launch in mid November. I am pretty confident that sales will be strong this holliday season. As for RE4, its still exclusive for almost a year, and I dont believe that it being ported after that amount of time will have any impact on the gamecube's sales. Metroid Prime the only big holliday hit for nintendo? I would have counted Mario Tennis, but maybe thats just me.

nolimit19December 02, 2004

it doesnt do any damage assuming it wasnt on the front page. people dont look to the washington post for gaming info. most people that read it probably dont own video games.

JonLeungDecember 02, 2004

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Originally posted by: nolimit19
it doesnt do any damage assuming it wasnt on the front page. people dont look to the washington post for gaming info. most people that read it probably dont own video games.


Actually, that's quite true. That one single article probably won't do much "damage" at all, but it shows the mentality that's already there.

The sad truth is that most people will not even consider games that they might enjoy because of shallow, insecure concerns (too many colours, too cute, must be for the kids), or only buy a system because it appears to be the more popular, regardless of what games they do end up playing on it. And while it's not the job of these idiots to do extensive research on upcoming games, and more the job of the marketing divisions of the various game companies to promote a certain image, oftentimes I still want to smack some shallow gamers upside the head anyway... >_<

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 02, 2004

Apparently, the author speaks "for" the Amerikan market, as GCN is hardly obsolete in things in Japan.

Other things,

Tales of Symphonia PS2 - JAPAN stuff. Little to no impact here in the continent Columbus bumped into, cuz ToS PS2 OKAY-USA! doesn't exist.

RE4 PS2 - A buh-lunder in the making. We'll see how "old" it quickly gets once next-gen hype systems are shoved down our throats at E3. "Here, checkout RE4 PS2," "Sorry, I'm busy swallowing non-playable hype."

The purple GameCube problem was quite a problem (or not a problem at all, but) at launch when all the cool kids snatched up all the black unitss from the initial shipment leaving many people to only see the purple Polly Pocket houses on the shelves. Someone, please, bring back 'NOW YOU'RE PLAYING WITH POWER' "red," mainly as a highlight and not the actual color of the shell casing.

MarioDecember 02, 2004

Huh, what? I was too busy playing Pikmin 2. Oh, i'm playing it on a dead console? Better throw it out. reggiehead.gif

rocc94December 02, 2004

The man who wrote the article's email address is rob@twp.com

S. ThompsonDecember 02, 2004

I think it's ridiculous that any educated person would call this system obsolete. By definition, I don't think that the Gamecube is obsolete... far from it, in fact. Maybe Atari 2600 or even the NES are obsolete, but the Gamecube is still a very powerful system.

Stupid marketing propaganda.

- Fuzmeister

I agree pretty much with IanSane. This article points to the public perception of Nintendo's home consoles, whether or not it is factually true.

And thus, it also points to a disconnect between Nintendo's corporate and developmental culture and modern gaming culture. Let's be serious: Nintendo was and still is built around Shigeru Miyamoto's legacy. This is the guy who's latest game is about gardening (Pikmin 2)... how culturally relevant is that to gamer's in the US, or even Japan? Urban areas have no more green space, and how many boys do you know who are actual avid gardeners?

Let's face it, most mainstream gamers nowadays would call Mr. Miyamoto himself gay.

Not to say that it's their fault. No, not at all. Gaming isn't even going down the tubes. It's just that when you look at this from a larger perspective, you realize that the time for Nintendo to lead the industry as only Nintendo can has passed. Nintendo saved videogames in '84, tyranically revived it with the NES, presided over a golden AGE with the 16-bit era, and finally, with the PSX, had allowed videogaming to reach a point where it could go mainstream, where it could progress into another company's expertise.

Nintendo isn't failing or anything remotely like it (unless the only measure of success in your eyes is marketshare). But they are a relic of the past, a "Mastercraftsman" type of figure in the videogame industry who is now being replaced by Sony's and Microsoft's "factories" that democratize the gaming medium. This is not to say that Nintendo is worthless, far from it. They should be treasured and preserved for who they are, and the values they still hold in their development of games that very few companies share.

But Nintendo had their "turn" as the prime example of videogaming. It's time to let the next kid have their "go."

Besides, who knows what DMA (I refuse to call them Rockstar North!), Maxis, or Bungie can innovate in the field of videogames that Nintendo would never have come up with?

Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

LedgehammerousDecember 03, 2004

It's like Hasbro versus Gepetto.

ootlerDecember 03, 2004

Theres always going to be trouble when a market is split 3 ways. I mean, what sport is played between 3 people or teams? It's just hard to relate to.
Plus I think that commentators on the market subconsciously like the idea of a racial contest between the US and Japan. It's in the blood. It's the same with cars.

Nintendo remind most of us of the days before we became jaded hacks eeking out a pathetic living and trying to think of ourselves as worldly and cool - and it embarasseses us to a greater or lesser degree. The guy who wrote the obsolete remark is hungry for the future. Why would this be? Perhaps he hopes for a surgical procedure to make his tiny one slightly bigger? Or perhaps he is running from the past, haunted by the old school photo in which his acne has blossomed into a plume of nasal warts? Whatever the case, the idea that what you wear, what you play and what music you listen to defines you is social fascism. All these little babies walking around thinking they are men because they once saw a bruce lee film while eating burning hot chilli over a few lite beers. There's nothing tough about going into a shop and buying a ps2. Consumer paranoia - "how do I look if I buy this?". The flip side of that is paparazzi magazines endlessly suprprised to see a cool star walking out of a mall with a couple bags of shopping looking normal.

All of this is psychotic and accepted without question. Nobody actually grows up anymore because they're too busy trying to seem grown up. Do you think a grown up would be insecure enough to worry about seemingly childish content in a game? All modern games are mostly matrix calculations. How tough/obsolete/silly is that?

idgafDecember 03, 2004

For the first time there's more game cube titles out than i have time to play, but I guess that's not important. What's most important to this bias foo bar peas for brains is that his personal interest is in Microsoft and that he gets an article out on time so that he can "do his job" with minimal amount of reserach. How in the world can xbox be ps' equal? No games lined up? omg! what about Jungle beat?! I've been waiting for that thing to come out ever since i played it at E3. But I guess if he's refering to third party stuff then.. it's kinda valid...

nitsu niflheimDecember 03, 2004

The Washington Post is a crap newspaper, it's freaking liberal to the point that it's biased against about anything that doesn't lean to the left. The only good thing about The Washington Post is the Sunday comics. In my opinion the Washington Times is a much better paper, as I read it almost everyday.

This guy doesn't seem to grasp the concept of buying a system for already-released games.

LoknoDecember 03, 2004

Hey guys! Turns out the guy who made that statement, Rob Pegoraro, will be in a live chat Monday, December 6 at 2 p.m ET. You can tell him what you think directly.

kennyb27December 03, 2004

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Let's be serious: Nintendo was and still is built around Shigeru Miyamoto's legacy. This is the guy who's latest game is about gardening (Pikmin 2)... how culturally relevant is that to gamer's in the US, or even Japan? Urban areas have no more green space, and how many boys do you know who are actual avid gardeners?
Pikmin is about...what? Gardening? Hardly. The setting of Pikmin is a garden, indeed. But how does that translate to it being about gardening? No offense, but that is just a stupid statement made out of ignorance.

Hostile CreationDecember 03, 2004

It was inspired by him gardening. Inspiration can be very different from the final result, and though similarities exist, Pikmin is much different from gardening.
A lot more fun, for starters face-icon-small-tongue.gif

PaLaDiNDecember 03, 2004

I don't see what's so suprising about this.

More asinine media comments parading uninformed opinions as facts. What's new?

LoknoDecember 03, 2004

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Originally posted by: Kairon
I agree pretty much with IanSane. This article points to the public perception of Nintendo's home consoles, whether or not it is factually true.

And thus, it also points to a disconnect between Nintendo's corporate and developmental culture and modern gaming culture. Let's be serious: Nintendo was and still is built around Shigeru Miyamoto's legacy. This is the guy who's latest game is about gardening (Pikmin 2)... how culturally relevant is that to gamer's in the US, or even Japan? Urban areas have no more green space, and how many boys do you know who are actual avid gardeners?

Let's face it, most mainstream gamers nowadays would call Mr. Miyamoto himself gay.

Not to say that it's their fault. No, not at all. Gaming isn't even going down the tubes. It's just that when you look at this from a larger perspective, you realize that the time for Nintendo to lead the industry as only Nintendo can has passed. Nintendo saved videogames in '84, tyranically revived it with the NES, presided over a golden AGE with the 16-bit era, and finally, with the PSX, had allowed videogaming to reach a point where it could go mainstream, where it could progress into another company's expertise.

Nintendo isn't failing or anything remotely like it (unless the only measure of success in your eyes is marketshare). But they are a relic of the past, a "Mastercraftsman" type of figure in the videogame industry who is now being replaced by Sony's and Microsoft's "factories" that democratize the gaming medium. This is not to say that Nintendo is worthless, far from it. They should be treasured and preserved for who they are, and the values they still hold in their development of games that very few companies share.

But Nintendo had their "turn" as the prime example of videogaming. It's time to let the next kid have their "go."

Besides, who knows what DMA (I refuse to call them Rockstar North!), Maxis, or Bungie can innovate in the field of videogames that Nintendo would never have come up with?

Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com


You paint a terrible picture of the gaming world today. I assure you it's not as bad as you make it out to be. I think that the industry can handle more than one concept of what makes a good game.

pyrokamileonDecember 03, 2004

wow... i can't believe they let this article be posted. i mean just reading the first paragraph, which was solely about concoles, not nintendo, not sony, not microsoft, but consoles in general, and already I can tell this guy doesn't know what he's talking about.

"You mean people will write software for this box whose hardware hasn't changed since 2001? That's so quaint!"

sounds like he doesn't even care about the game, or the sound, or the control, sounds like all he cares about is the graphics, since thats really all you need new hardware for, hardware that's changed since 2001. oh and by the way console hardware is made to be explored, and developed, new software and hardware is made to utilize "old" hardware in new ways, do new things and improve graphics. if that weren't the case then the playstation would have gone no where, I've seen some pretty good graphics on the PSX but i've also seen some of the worst graphics on it as well. anyways i'm done ranting for now, and I haven't even touched on the obsoleteness of the 'cube, oh well another day. oh look, i wrote about as much as he did. can i get back to mp2 now? I heard it's system is obsolete.

dafunkk12December 03, 2004

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Originally posted by: Kairon
Nintendo isn't failing or anything remotely like it (unless the only measure of success in your eyes is marketshare). But they are a relic of the past, a "Mastercraftsman" type of figure in the videogame industry who is now being replaced by Sony's and Microsoft's "factories" that democratize the gaming medium. This is not to say that Nintendo is worthless, far from it. They should be treasured and preserved for who they are, and the values they still hold in their development of games that very few companies share.
That was beautiful. ::applause::

KDR_11kDecember 04, 2004

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Originally posted by: nitsu niflheim
The Washington Post is a crap newspaper, it's freaking liberal to the point that it's biased against about anything that doesn't lean to the left. The only good thing about The Washington Post is the Sunday comics. In my opinion the Washington Times is a much better paper, as I read it almost everyday.


Erm, left is socialism. Socialism and liberalism are incompatible. Liberalism demands things like an absolutely free market controlled by the corporations while socialism is about the equality of men and no privatization. Liberalism is center, socialism is left and nationalism is right.

AGENTDICKLAURENTDecember 04, 2004

It's not surprising to get that mixed up.. it's not as if socialism exists in the US anyway. face-icon-small-smile.gif That is, if that person is indeed an American. If not, ouch. Hehe.

LoknoDecember 04, 2004

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Originally posted by: dafunkk12
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Originally posted by: Kairon
Nintendo isn't failing or anything remotely like it (unless the only measure of success in your eyes is marketshare). But they are a relic of the past, a "Mastercraftsman" type of figure in the videogame industry who is now being replaced by Sony's and Microsoft's "factories" that democratize the gaming medium. This is not to say that Nintendo is worthless, far from it. They should be treasured and preserved for who they are, and the values they still hold in their development of games that very few companies share.
That was beautiful. ::applause::


Yes, it would be a great simile, if making great games was just like making great cars; When all that matters is that next years model looks slicker, is more powerful and has more features. If you think that is true then this discussion if over - we part ways on that point. To me making truely great games is an art, just as with songs, books and movies. Therefore no matter how large and big the business of making games is, the mastercraftsmen will never die, and democracy only replaces true direction.

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusDecember 04, 2004

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Originally posted by: KDR_11k
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Originally posted by: nitsu niflheim
The Washington Post is a crap newspaper, it's freaking liberal to the point that it's biased against about anything that doesn't lean to the left. The only good thing about The Washington Post is the Sunday comics. In my opinion the Washington Times is a much better paper, as I read it almost everyday.


Erm, left is socialism. Socialism and liberalism are incompatible. Liberalism demands things like an absolutely free market controlled by the corporations while socialism is about the equality of men and no privatization. Liberalism is center, socialism is left and nationalism is right.



Another reason not to discuss politics here. All these left and right definitions vary completely from country to country. Even what is considered liberal and conservative depends on the history and culture.

uwvarkDecember 04, 2004

THX for the email addy rocc94.
I emailed the guy asking if he even plays games since it didn't really seem like it to me. Or maybe it was just the negative perception that the gaming press has gave the CUBE since uh, always that scared him away from playing one. All he felt necessary to tell me was that

"To answer your question, unless you *don't* think online gaming is relevant, I would say that the GameCube is looking pretty far behind the times. "

To which I wondered how he thought that made it "obsolete". So I replied again with the following:

"If I want to play online I always have my PC and Xbox. I'm one of the billion people who play Halo 2 online everyday. Game Boy Advance isn't online, does that make it obsolete? Hasn't it been the #1 selling console all year? Have you tried Donkey Konga or seen the new Mario Party? Online is fun sure but you still can't beat having everyone you play in one room together. I play games to have fun and most of the games I play aren't online and yet they remain fun. I won't defend Nintendo's reluctance to go online. It agree that it is a major reason why they seem to be slipping in the console race but in no sense of the word do I consider the Gamecube "obsolete". I also believe one of the major reasons Gamecube isn't doing well is because of people who write articles like you did. The gaming press has seemed to want Gamecube to fail since day 1. I don't know why that is and it bugs me. No one seems to write articles about what the PS2 or Xbox lack only what's good about them yet it's the exact opposite way with the Gamecube. I guess people think it's cool to bash Nintendo now. Whatever."

InfinitysEndDecember 05, 2004

"the Nintendo GameCube, is clearly obsolete" Yeah, at having crappy games! This guy is full of it, and obviously has no idea about the gaming market, nor does he even play games. He's just a idiotic journalist for a newspaper--the periodical of EVIL. So just do yourself a favor and don't worry about it. They're ALL dying out--by 2006 we'll have Xcox 2, G@ystation 3, and Lamecube 2. And then we can complain about "who's winning" for 5 more years. Whoopdeedoo!

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