Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
If the PS3 were a hundred bucks cheaper, would it make a difference?
We are about to find out. $100 price drop on July 12th.
$499... which includes five free blu-ray movies.
Has this been confirmed? I just read this.http://in.today.reuters.com/news/new...a-283451-1.xml
If they do drop the price Im not sure it would be so significant from a global perspective. Arnt they charging more in EU and Australia for inferior hardware(software based PS2 emulation instead of hardware)?
To go off an a tangent here, I think the importance of Japanese games have been reduced in recent years. They dont have any of the muscle they had 8-10 years ago. Plus all the big companies just went to shit. SquareEnix, Sega, Capcom, Konomi(sans Kojima of course) ect... It's so frustrating becuase I use to love them so much. Back in the late 90's I would have all my systems moded, import games, read tons of japanese related news sites, and even snuck into E3 when I was 14.
They just aren't evolving. So many of the Japanese games play just like PS1 games with better graphics. Wii is the obvious exception to this, but take for example a big name Japanese title like Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Its great, and its extremely polished, but its the same old same old, and it's never going to change. RPGs are another thing. I think Japanese RPGs are being eaten alive by games like KOTOR and Oblivion. Whats the big RPG they put out in recent memory? Dragon Quest VII? It's a dam good game, but there is little different from anything you could find on SNES. The only progression that can be said for it is that of 2D to 3D. So many franchises are like this. I'll pick on Capcom especially for this one. Take Mega Man. They rehashed the same game for over a decade and milked it for all its worth, but then there was hope. Mega Man was finaly going to be in 3D with Mega Man Legends. The game was awesome, then they rushed a half assed sequel out, and just killed the whole idea. Haven't seen anything like that since. If you want a great example of a franchise being reborn for a new generation look no further than Metroid, but of course that was outsourced to America.
And don't even get me started on MMOs. If there is one thing I thought not only Japanese companies, but Koreans as well would be good at, then it would be MMOs, but Japanese companies don't even seem to care about making them, and Korean companies put out MMOs that have the same problems and mediocrity as American MMOs had in the mid 90's.
They are just so far behind the times, and the worst expression of this we have today is Sony's handling of the PS3.