7 Link Saturday: EBay, Ouya, Sony & Nintendo

Time to get real. Published one day in advance, this week’s list has more linking and less talking.

Comments are for the comments section.

People Who Aren’t You Made a Fortune on EBay Selling Stuff You Don’t Have
Surely, more news stories about overpriced Nintendo World Championship cartridges will bring prices back in line with reality.

 Exciting news if you make money collecting and selling old video game junk. Also exciting if you’re a gullible rube who thinks he can profit by jumping into an obscure market he knows nothing about.

Seriously, people are excited about chess on the Ouya?

Over at Wired, they’re wetting their pants about Chess 2, mostly because it introduces new rules letting you do a bunch of things you can’t do in “traditional” chess. Here’s something to consider: if it takes a complete overhaul of the rules to start enjoying chess, then maybe you should try to enjoy a different game?

You Shouldn’t Care about Sony’s Credit Rating
Not as someone who buys video games, anyway.

Moody’s, a credit rating agency, has decided that if you loan money to Sony today, it’s less likely that Sony will pay you back in the future. It’s not a moral judgment on Sony as a company, it just means that people will expect more money (higher interest rates) in exchange for taking on the risk of not getting paid back.

I like financial stories because terrible news from one perspective is always great news from another. This downgrade is bad news for Sony, especially if they wanted to use debt for financing their purchase of the factory that makes chips for Nintendo’s Wii U — Sony will be paying more money due to higher interest rates.

But it’s great news for people loaning money to Sony — now they can receive more money by charging higher interest rates. Assuming they collect it successfully.

Do We Need to Talk about Nintendo?
Everyone has their own take on Nintendo’s 3rd quarter results.

Profits are falling, salaries have been cut, and everyone got excited about Nintendo games on smartphones until they learned that it was completely out of the question. But fighting established players to carve out a spot in the crowded market for mobile devices is insane. Finding an underserved market and developing a line of products for them makes more sense.

Japan’s demographics are grim. The population is getting older and nobody has figured out who is going to care for them. Nintendo’s new focus on health and quality of life could mean that they expect to make a lot of money from this situation by selling products that help people care for themselves.

Gateway Talks a Lot of Trash
But is it ironic trash talk?

Gateway sells a device that makes piracy possible on the 3DS. Recently, they updated their software to destroy your 3DS if it catches you engaging in piracy. A mixed message, to be sure.

Gateway’s posturing reminds me of the woman who sues other people for defaming her while calling her own defamatory statements “free speech.” (She just registered a website in your name and needs some money. Can you send some search engine optimization work her way?)

Do You Give a Crap about the Artistic Legacy of Video Games?
If you do, stay out of the comments section.

Crappy, mobile knockoffs of yesteryear’s console greats are… what, exactly? A sign of the end times? This link is a long rant about how the re-release of classic video games are a blight that destroy our cultural heritage.

The past is never coming back, and it’s absurd to think you can recapture the feelings of wonder and excitement you felt the first time you played an awesome game. Screeching about “meticulously designed 2D graphics” that have been “stretched improperly” doesn’t let you share your favorite gaming experiences with a wider audience, it just brands you as an insufferable hipster.

About B. Indifferent

Bitterly Indifferent is a belligerent hillbilly with a substandard internet connection. He is also a fan of retro gaming who has previously written about the state of games journalism and the intersection of games and family.