Tablets, or how I learned to stop caring about the 3DS

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So the on again off again, and now on again obsession with a tablet rears it's head in my life.

Yes I bought the laptop, and yes, you would think I would be cash starved for quite some time.

But, I watched this anime a couple of months back (Itazura na Kiss) and it showed me a valuable thinking process. You can't go through life obssessed with always doing the logical, the intelligent, the well thought out. Sometimes you need to need to surrender to the crazy impulse and worry more about having fun with life, than worrying if you have all the bases covered the best way possible.

So I decided fuck it, who cares if my plastic is gasping for air, after the tablet, there is simply not a fucking thing I want. Nothing.
So I will be buying the Asus Transformer Prime due out in mere days. An after taxes purchase of about 560 bucks. Yea a bit much for your average teenager gamer I suppose.

But, the whole tablet tech has to some extent taken me by surprise. I have spent no small sum of time bitching and complaining about how the Nintendo DS has no games for the adult market (no not games with sex content, games that don't focus on teenager content). My Panzer Tactics for instance, definitely not a kids game for the most part.
Now, well I simply don't give a fuck where the hand held game console market is headed. Fuck em. Nintendo 3DS I couldn't care less if it does poorly does well, ever gets any awesome games or not. Couldn't care less Nintendo. Keep your fucking puny screened doodad and it's ooooooh so speeeeecial 3d capabilities. Big fucking whoopdee doo.

All along, all I have really wanted, is a device that was hand held friendly ie could be held in left hand, and employed in right hand. Something with the ability to display a book page without it being so small as to be pointless. Something able to display a video file and not be so small that it makes you squint just to see it. Something that could go online, and be worth using to do so in the first place (dumbest thing I ever bought for my DS Lite was the Browser cartridge).

My tablet will utterly kill the Nintendo DS and PSP niche once the tech matures enough that the prices of the things become in reach of the teen market. Right now, at a few hundred bucks for the average tablet, I can see a kid preferring a Nintendo 3DS. But when a kid has a choice of a tablet for gaming at the same expense level, the hand held game market better have a strategy to compete. Being able to cram it in a pocket won't be good enough forever.

While it is unfortunate they picked the damned Apple contender, it is at least encouraging that Slitherine, maker of a lot of my favourite wargames, is now making games for these tablet devices. Genuine wargames, not stunted attempted meant to exist in the very small screens of kids game toys.

I simply have no reason to care what the future is for the Nintendo DS and it's games any more.
Seriously thinking of just giving my DSi XL to my son to score some points with him (unsure he will give a shit though, he's a total PC gamer).

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The only thing that a tablet needs to best current portables, is physical controls. Touchscreen buttons, for the most part, are horrible, and most games for Android/iOS are not as in depth as many games on the DS, or 3DS, or PSP, or whatever are. You can only hope to play Ocarina of Time on a tablet, but it's already on the 3DS. And boy is it awesome. Depth of the games and lack of physical buttons is what keeps me from using an iPad or iPod, or my Phone, as primarily a gaming device. It's not the same without buttons, and apps are never deep enough. Take a look at 999, for example. Tell me one app that is as fun, and is as deep as 999. Even if the tech becomes cheaper, without physical buttons and deeper games, tablets will never best portables.
 
[quote name='Punyman' timestamp='1322688575'] The only thing that a tablet needs to best current portables, is physical controls. Touchscreen buttons, for the most part, are horrible, and most games for Android/iOS are not as in depth as many games on the DS, or 3DS, or PSP, or whatever are. You can only hope to play Ocarina of Time on a tablet, but it's already on the 3DS. And boy is it awesome. Depth of the games and lack of physical buttons is what keeps me from using an iPad or iPod, or my Phone, as primarily a gaming device. It's not the same without buttons, and apps are never deep enough. Take a look at 999, for example. Tell me one app that is as fun, and is as deep as 999. Even if the tech becomes cheaper, without physical buttons and deeper games, tablets will never best portables. [/quote]
999 was written by the same guy as Ever 17, right? There's a VNDS port for android tablets so you could probably play it on that, and Ever 17's held in high acclaim by the VN community which means it's probably pretty great.
Also, you are raising your son with great taste in gaming platforms.

EDIT: Seems there's an ONscripter port as well. Might have to buy myself an android device if that's ported, of course there's also a port for PSP.
 

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