DR EGG wrote:Perhaps we would all feel differently about that price point if we played a 3DS?
A perfectly reasonable and intelligent plea, Chad. Nothing lends authority to critique like experience.
But my problem, and I fear that this is going to be the problem for many potential customers as well, is that beyond a certain price point, my brain no longer makes rational purchasing considerations; it simply rejects them outright. For any video game system, really, a sub-$200 price is the point at which I'm still making reasoned cost/benefit analyses. That's where I'm seriously thinking, "Hmm, I could actually own
this thing; what games do I absolutely need
to make this purchase worthwhile?" and so on.
$200, generally... them's macro numbers, right there. That's the point at which I can start admiring
the technology all day long, as if it's some far-off thing, but I have no reasonable expectation that it will be part of my life anytime soon. About a year ago, I got to drive a really expensive car for a commercial. And it was awesome. I could totally appreciate the opulent details of the interior, as well as the significant differences in performance compared to the economy cars I'd driven all my life. But, although I enjoyed the experience of driving it, I was completely dulled to the notion of owning
a car like this.
Many of you know that I have some... let's say, very particular
purchasing habits when it comes to games
My obstinacy may well be unique, and I understand that for many people out there, $300 represents a perfectly reasonable value judgment for their entertainment dollars. But my supposition is this: Nintendo has spent the last 21 years cultivating the very successful notion in people's minds that a handheld video game system has a requisite reduction in technological prowess compared to a home console, with a commensurate reduction in price to match. For the uneducated consumer, seeing a handheld that costs more
than its corresponding home counterpart is all they need to know. Regardless of the specific number, or of the quality of the product, their minds, like mine, simply make the snap judgment "Too expensive."
Oh, not in Utica, no...It's an Albany expression.