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Creator of Pong and the man behind Chuck E. Cheese gives thumbs up to Wii and Xbox 360, but thumbs down for PlayStation 3

Nolan Bushnell, founder of all things at one point joyous to children, is featured in an interview with Red Herring where he is asked for his opinion on the state of the video game industry today.

Bushnell, who started Atari, is one of the grandfathers of the video game industry. When asked about about which areas he still follows of his former industry, he said, "I’m very curious and interested in the Nintendo Wii. I think it may expand the market beyond the hardcore [18- to 24-year old]." 

He also expressed fondness for Microsoft's online strategy, saying, "Xbox Live is interesting because it potentially becomes the platform for the living room."

But the tuned changed to a less positive note when it came to PlayStation 3. 

"I think Sony shot themselves in the foot… there is a high probability [they] will fail. The price point is probably unsustainable. For years and years Sony has been a very difficult company to deal with from a developer standpoint. They could get away with their arrogance and capriciousness because they had an installed base," Bushnell said.

Bushnell explained that ease of software development could be a deciding factor: "They have also historically had horrible software tools. You compare that to the Xbox 360 with really great authoring tools [and] additional revenue streams from Xbox live… a first party developer would be an idiot to develop for Sony first and not the 360. People don’t buy hardware, they buy software."

The interviewer then gave a counterpoint, stating that Sony must have been doing something right in order to sell over 100 million units of each PlayStation generation.

"It wasn’t anything brilliant that they did. With the PS and PS2 it was timing. They had the right pricing at the right time [and were] almost the accidental winner," answered Bushnell. "It would not surprise me if a year from now they’ll be struggling to sell 1 million units. [Factoring in the PS3’s price], I think in the U.S. the number of early adopters you have is actually around 300,000."

Sony is targeting to ship 400,000 PlayStation 3 consoles to the U.S. for its launch window, and a considerable portion of the allotment already sold out via pre-orders.

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By Quiksel on 11/9/2006 11:00:20 AM , Rating: 2
And to sort of summarize what I'm saying, it's kinda like this:

TomZ Forecasts PlayStation 3 Failure

Sure, TomZ is an avid poster, and makes good posts. He even has good points. But does that make it a great news story? Simply put, No.

By Aikouka on 11/9/2006 11:16:57 AM , Rating: 2
Show me where TomZ helped to shape the gaming industry as we know it and maybe I'll turn an ear.

The reason this is news is because he isn't just some Joe Schmoe with an opinion... he's been in the business and has seen the good, the bad and the ugly (and so has every Clint Eastwood fan :P). Am I saying that just because he's the Atari founder that makes him automatically correct? No, not in the least bit. Do I think that his claims have merit with his experience in the field? Yes, I do.

DailyTech provides articles about current technology and tries to give you the nitty gritty. If it focused on purely "newsworthy news" you may not see interesting little tidbits like this. It's like a mix between Digg and CNN with a bit of tech (and that damn Oooops! error) mixed in ;).

By TomZ on 11/9/2006 11:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
The fact that it is "news" is due to the guy's reputation and experience. But any Joe-off-the-street can make valid, accurate observations and maybe predict Sony's success just as well as a seasoned pro. My point was only that if someone doesn't agree with the conclusions, it would make a more valid argument to address his reasons, rather than his character.

By ted61 on 11/9/2006 12:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't care about all the hype. From looking at the consoles, games and prices, ted61 is buying ted97 a wii.

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