That's kind of the impression I've gotten of the Ouya team. I mean, have any of them done any marketing since the 1990s? I half expect to see them introducing a skate boarding animal mascot any moment now. Forgive me if I'm not entirely comfortable supporting something that projects an "Extreme Awesomeness, dude brah!" persona with the marketing. Are they really trying to market this thing to teenagers? If so, the marketing screams "Old person trying to seem cool" by doing stuff that was cool when they were teens. Is it marketed to people like me who WERE teens in the 90s? If so, are you suggesting I've not changed or matured?jack_norton wrote:Read this today:
http://www.sophiehoulden.com/rose-and-t ... r-on-ouya/
I didn't follow much all the buzz (too busy doing other stuff) but if what the blog says is true...
And Sophie is right - their response to every problem or PR gaff is basically a "Dude, you just don't get us. We're disappointed with you." Their free game fund hasn't sponsored any game so far except for one that is so shady it could grow mushrooms, yet they don't mention the controversy specifically at all, even though it has been covered on every major gaming website. Again, they just say they can't believe the public doesn't understand the spirit of the free game fund - they're doing it for us. "Yeah, they say we're naive and idealistic. And we are guys. Join us over here in hippy land. Ignore all this bad stuff happening. We are."
And then there is stuff like this:
"They say our console is poor quality, but 'Come on, guys!' you get what you pay for."Many of the complaints online surround the quality of the hardware however you have to remember the price point for the OUYA, Power Adapter, HDMI Cable and Controller is $99! Think about what you get for $99.
And speaking of that - yeah, the Ouya is cheap. Only $100! Not like those other $300-400 consoles! Except they plan on introducing a new Ouya every year. Well. That's going to add up quickly. Anyone that has had a smartphone knows that new games released will quickly start needing the latest model. And lots of Android tablets are ALREADY out-pacing the Ouya in performance. The Ouya is basically an Android phone that doesn't make calls and isn't mobile.
Most of the early advertising for the Ouya also seemed to have a "wink, wink" play pirated rom games vibe as well, and they've said they aren't going to filter for quality. I can think of several consoles killed by a glut of poor quality games making it impossible to find good games or to be certain of the quality of what you're buying. Smartphones survive with having a glut of awful games to wade through because they have other primary purposes beyond playing games. Ouya doesn't.
I'm still not sure what the point of the Ouya even is. I can play roms and tons of indie games on my PC, and even stream it to my TV if I'd like. I can even plug a $40 Xbox controller directly into my PC and play with native controller support if I want. Any marketplace advantage for an indie is going to be destroyed by the unrestricted flow of games onto the Ouya. You want SOME standards and selectiveness to the club you're joining, or you may as well be setting up in a parking lot.