OK, remember when I said I was looking forward to that "NVIDIA Shield" handheld that runs on the Android mobile OS?
And go further back now; remember when the Ouya was announced, an Android-powered HOME CONSOLE? And soon after, the long-awaited Steam Box was finally (kind of) revealed to be an actual thing? And the we had rumors of it being run on Android? At least, that's what I was hearing. Thankfully, that was stopped in its tracks; I'm still not quite sure WHAT the Steam Boxes will run...
BUT THAT'S BESIDE THE POINT. I'm here to rant about Android.
That's right. It seems that almost everyone is getting in on the Android Console craze. With the Ouya (the first one announced), it seemed like a nifty, albeit niche, idea. And it would have Minecraft and other indie games on it! Sweet deal, if I do say so mysel--
Whoa, hold up. Now there's a HANDHELD Android console coming soon? Sweet! I can play all my emulator ROMS on it, thanks to a physical controller. That looks to be right down my alley, price aside. Now, what to do with it...?
And that leads us to TODAY. Here I was, looking through some Tech News stuff, and I was hit with THIS: Mad Catz is going to do their OWN Android console for the handheld market. Keep in mind that Mad Catz is known for their gaming accessories (controllers, screen protectors for handhelds, cases for handhelds, etc.), so who knows how this one will fly? Only time can tell, because Mad Catz is planning to release more information at E3.
You know what this reminds me of? Those late '90s bug movies. Now, bear with me here, in order to understand where I'm coming from, I need to tell you a story. So gather 'round, kids...
Around the mid 1990s, Pixar had another great idea for a movie. Hot off their success of the original Toy Story, they were looking for something fresh and never done before. It was John Lasseter (one of the co-creators of Pixar) who came up with the idea of an insect movie. Believe it or not, in the entire history of animated movies, not ONE was made with insects as the focus. Everyone thought it was a good idea, and they went ahead with it.
Now, there was one guy who left just before Toy Story was released. His name is Jeffrey Katzenberg. Heard of him? probably not. Anyway, Katzenberg left Pixar and joined a couple other guys (one of them being Stephen Spielberg. Hopefully you at least know HIM) to form DreamWorks SKG. Yeah, I bet you see where this is going.
While accounts vary, what can be said for certain is that Katzenberg asked all sorts of questions about what Pixar had in the pipeline. Lasseter explained to him what would eventually become A Bug's Life, and that was when Katzenberg came up with his OWN bug film. TOTALLY a coincidence, no?
So, Lasseter was totally pissed when he found out Antz was in production by DreamWorks. And then it was released BEFORE A Bug's Life. Yeah. And that was done JUST to spite Disney and Pixar. And for money.
Regardless, A Bug's Life toasted Antz in the box office. And it got way more positive reviews. But the film industry was complaining. They were thinking "Oh, now EVERY studio's gonna do bug films. Ugh!" Not entirely true, but you get where they're coming from.
Which brings me to my point.
It now seems that ALL the gaming companies are making their own Android consoles (Sony's XPERIA PLAY aside. That was actually a phone. Not just a cellular PSP). And it may not be entirely true, but think about it: How much do you hear about Android-powered gaming stuff? Quite a bit for me, lately. A little TOO much if you will. One was a cute idea (Ouya), and a handheld was KIND OF pushing it (considering that it screams "Niche Product"), but TWO handhelds? And whispers of even more???
No. That's just too much. Nobody's going to buy them when they could just get a phone or tablet and hook up a PS3 controller for what it's worth. I mean, really. Either you have bucks to burn, or you are in that niche where these appeal to you. Or you're a 12-year-old who wants ALL the gaming crap (apologies to 12-year-olds everywhere).
While it does sound appealing to me, I have a bad feeling that the floor's going to fall out from under this whole operation. Like when Sega decided to give Life Support to its Genesis (The CD and 32-X add-ons, anyone?). Good idea on paper, but it screwed them over ultimately. And it's the fuel of a bazillion gaming jokes today. Kind of like the Xbox nOne right now.
Anyway, that's the deal. Not news, just opinion. And I might actually film myself ranting about this whole thing. Kind of like a PG-rated AlphaOmegaSin, just without all the cursing and stuff.