My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Nintendo Wii vs Microsoft Kinect - War of the Worlds in Jodine Spark's BattleField

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nintendo Wii vs Microsoft Kinect - War of the Worlds in Jodine Spark's BattleField

My belief is that to have no wants is divine

Socrates (Xenophone, Memorabilia)

The international news is getting interesting again. As I has suspected, thee was more to the news about Osama Bin Laden’s Death which from the get-go, seemed a tad suspicious to me.

For starters, he was found inside of Pakistan, not hiding in caves in Afghanistan. In a residential area, hiding in a house that was guarded and thickly walled! Hiding, to be cliché like the US Media, in “plain sight”!

Then it gets stranger. US President Barack Obama is refusing to release the pictures of the body of Osama Bin Laden as stated in the article “Obama will not release photo of Bin Laden”, published Wednesday, May 04, 2011, The Jamaica Observer.

This is corroborated by the article “Obama decided not to release Bin Laden photos”, published Wednesday April 4 2011 by Jeremy Pelofsky and Kamran Haider, Reuters Yahoo News, fearing it will incite retaliatory attacks as quote: “We don't trot out this stuff as trophies”.

BBC News also reports on this oddity of the Americans In their article “No release of Bin Laden Photos”, published 4 May 2011 Last updated at 21:22 GMT, BBC News. As we Jamaicans say, “a soh me se’et a soh me tell it to yu”!

Rational explanation, though, as when the Navy Seals in their covert Operation returned to the Aircraft Carrier, the identified and buried at sea the body of the fifty three (53) year most Wanted Man, Master mind behind the Twin Towers Bombing.

Meanwhile here in Jamaica, the JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) who would be otherwise oblivious to a poll conducted by Statistician and Pollster Dr. Ian Boxhill in collaboration with Television Jamaica that indicated that much love has been lost after the Manatt Inquiry as stated in the article “Golding, JLP ministers Damaged by Manatt - Poll”, published Monday, May 02, 2011, The Jamaica Observer.

But they are not.

They are taking it quite seriously acknowledging that they have to do some serious damage control as stated in the article “JLP plans Manatt Recovery operation”, published Wednesday, May 04, 2011 by Ingrid Brown, Observer Senior Reporter, The Jamaica Observer.

To quote Senator Daryl Vaz, Minister of Information at Tuesday April 3rd 2010 Weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing: “There is no denying that the Manatt affair has had a negative impact on the perception of the prime minister and by extension the party and the government”.

Suspicious burial at Sea from an Aircraft Carrier! Islamic Law, however, dictates quick burial when the person dies on land. With the Sea a good thirty (30km) away, it seems a tad odd not to contact the Pakistani authorities and hand over his body for identification.

Apparently from the Media reports, the US do not trust the Pakistanis and withholding his pictures are part of damage control and avoiding the incitement of violence. Locally in Jamaica, JLP scrambling to patch up its Manatt Inquiry-battered image!

Yep, its Election time again folks as I had speculated out in my blog article entitled “Apple and the WWDC in June 2011 - Space Above and Beyond Android”!

Pull up your lounge chairs for the other greatest spectacle aside from the London Olympics 2012 coming to a Local Free-to-air Broadcaster, Cable Television Provider or Newspapers, if you are a lot like myself this Summer of 2012AD!

Also coming by 2012AD is a new Nintendo Wii as stated in the article “Nintendo: Wii successor coming in 2012”, published April 25, 2011 1:18 AM PDT by Daniel Terdiman, CNET News - Geek Gestalt and in the Geezam Blog article by Kelroy entitled “Nintendo Wii Successor coming in 2012”.

Nintendo will debut the new Console at E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo) Conference this June of 2011AD.

This too can be seen as Nintendo’s attempt to save face against the coming onslaught of 3D-Motion Capture Enabled Consoles. A more sure sign of the coming upgrade is the price drop of the Nintendo Wii Bundle to US$149 from a price of US$199 as stated in the article “Nintendo drops Wii to US$149”, published May 4, 2011 12:36 AM PDT by Daniel Terdiman, CNET News - Geek Gestalt.

Best of all, the coming sale, to be held on Sunday April 15th 2011AD, will allow lucky customers to purchase four (4) Greatest Hits Nintendo Games, namely:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  2. Mario Super Sluggers
  3. Animal Crossing: City Folk
  4. Wii Sports (first time being sold a opposed to being bundled!)

This as further explained in the article “Wii price cut confirmed, Nintendo Selects Greatest Hits series launches”, published May 4, 2011 By Adam Rosenberg, Digital Trends and in the article “Wii price drop to US$150 confirmed, New "Select" Value Line launched”, published May 4, 2011 5:47 AM By Matt Peckham, PCWorld.

Nintendo has good reason to be clearing out stock: a new Nintendo Wii is on the horizon in 2012, just in time for the London Olympics 2012, about which even Television Jamaica is obviously excited.

And like the image sprucing being done by the Obama Administration and the JLP, most likely the rumours of larger SSD (Solid State Drive) Hard-Drive storage, Game Discs and onboard RAM as stated in the May 3 2011 Digital Trends article entitled “Rumor: Nintendo Wii 2 to have 8GB storage, 25GB Discs”, published May 3, 2011 By Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends as true.

These heralds improved Graphics to complement the already awesome and addictive gameplay that made it a “Revolution” when it launched on November 19th 2006 as stated in my blog article entitled “Apple iPad in the Summer of 2010 - The Death of the Video Game Consoles”.

The Full history can be perused here: Nintendo Wii

Good thing Nintendo changed the rather drab sounding code name; the Revolution sounded like a call to the BattleField, Jodine Sparks Style, as opposed to the weird yet charming Wii, which united the sexes in ways which most males can appreciate.

Females with no game playing experience made many a geek get their game on. Even Audia Granston, my SDA Princess, like the Nintendo Wii, was pining for me to buy her one for her birthday.

Not to mention being the name I suggested while being interviewed back in the Fourth Quarter of 2003 by Nurse Gunning while I was still a Network Maintenance Technician at C&W.

Now that is a gadget worth having!

Since then, the Nintendo Wii with its unique Motion Controlled gameplay, has romped its way to a new plateau of eighty six million, ten thousand (86,010,000) as stated in the article “Nintendo: Wii successor coming in 2012”, published April 25, 2011 1:18 AM PDT by Daniel Terdiman, CNET News - Geek Gestalt

Plus the new design, slated to debut at E3 this June 2011, it is an all too necessary upgrade. Sony PlayStation and its Move bundles is slowly making waves, selling eight million (8,000,000) over the past seven (7) months since its debut.

The PlayStation sales figures globally stand at fifty million (50,000,000) as stated in the article “Sony PlayStation 3 Sales Hit 50M Worldwide”, published April 17, 2011 12:08pm EST by Leslie Horn, PC Magazine since launch some five (5) years ago.

Nintendo Wii’s eighty six million, ten thousand (86,010,000), however, is still behind the Sony PlayStation 2, shy of the one hundred and fifty million (150,000,000) racked up by the Sony PlayStation 2 in seven (7) years since its debuts in 2004 by about sixty three million, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand (63,990,000) units as stated in the article “PlayStation 2 Sales reach 150 Million Units Worldwide”, published February 14 2011, Sony Entertainment.

The Guinness World Record Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Kinect bundle, however, outpaced the Sony PlayStation Move as stated in the article “10 million a magic number for Microsoft's Kinect”, published March 9, 2011 12:09 PM PST by Don Reisinger, The Digital Home - CNET News, selling the same eight million (8,000,000) Kinect bundle in two (2) months time.

For a gander at the Microsoft Kinect Guinness World Record, check out the Geezam Blog article by Kelroy entitled “Microsoft Kinect - Fastest-selling Consumer Electronics Device”.

My blog article entitled “Internet, Apple iTV and Cable - Pirates of the Caribbean” examined the device further and divines the future of the 3D Motion Capture Device from Israeli-based PrimeSense: a Remote-less world where gadgets are controlled by body movements and gestures.

Google made a joke of it on April Fools Day 2011 as state in the Geezam Blog article by Kelroy entitled “Gmail Motion and a few other Tech related April Fools Jokes

But my blog article entitled “Gmail Motion is SLOOW & other April Fool's Jokes - Armstrong's Firefly” exposed the fact that it has a Medical related practical application for Operating Theatre Surgeons who have to check emailed medical charts during an operation and hospital patients who wish to use computers, both without the risk of spreading contagion via touching surfaces with the germ-laden hands.

Sony is now in the news for a completely different reason!

Their PSN (PlayStation Network) was the target of a hack of unknown origin which resulted in the theft of nearly seventy million (70,000,000) Credit Cards, ten million (10,000,000) of which were confirmed as stated in my blog article entitled “AWC Fail, PSN Hack and Nokia Layoff - Murphy Law in a Clash of The Titans” and updated in the article “VISA and Jack Dorsey's Square - Leena's TechCrunch of SME's Mad Money”.

So it is hoped come June 2011AD at the E3 Conference, Nintendo, aside from the obvious boost to the Nintendo hardware with better Graphics (specs to satisfy the techies!!) plus a more robust Internet Gaming Platform with support for Video and Audio Streaming (like duh-uh!?), will also have the balls to license PrimeSense’s Motion Capture Technology for its Console.

After all, if you can’t beat ‘em [Microsoft Xbox 360], then join em, as the Americans say in their colourful language!

Especially as Console Game sales have been slowing as stated in my blog article entitled “Apple iPad and Video Game Piracy - The Saint” and the follow-up article “Facebook Credits and Online Gaming - The Pied Piper's Revenge in the Age of Empire”.

Thus it will be The War of the Worlds (1953) between the Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii, with lucrative sales riding on the gravitational tug of the coming four (4) year comet named the London Olympics 2012!

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