Five INTERESTING Qs. > Current Generation Video Gaming Consoles

1. How did the next-generation Hi-def video format war influence the next-generation video gaming console war?

2. What are some unique strengths and weaknesses of each console?

3. How did the policies and philosophies of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo influence the consoles?

4. Can Sony survive?

5. Who will be the winner?
November 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Yoon
The current gen console war is interesting, especially in retrospect to previous console wars. It might be interesting to explore how past mistakes have influenced each company's policies. For example, Nintendo is making more of an effort to support online after losing a majority of the market share in the last generation because of this. Microsoft made an early push out the door in this generation after seeing the impact of being late into the game last generation. Also, maybe note how previous lessons weren't really learned, such as Sony focusing on hardware instead of a solid game library and being punished for that.

Speaking of Sony, I think a better question is not if Sony will survive, but how they lost their market share and what they are doing to regain lost footing. Possibly examine how copycat functionality (sixaxis) is not what consumers are interested in.

What about exigence? Why do we care about the console war? Maybe explain how our dollar forces companies to innovate and price competitively. I might tie the strengths and weaknesses of each console into their features, and who in your audience will be interested in which features.

Alright, I'm done nerding out. Good luck on your paper.
November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDane
I think number 3 would be an interesting topic to address, especially with regards to the current economic crunch, and what it may mean for the major companies of video-game producers.

good luck
November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJunjie Hao
I love video games. I'd like to hear your opinions on all of these questions, but #1 in particular is of great interest.
I like questions 1 and 3.

I have 360, PS1, xbox (first gen), nintendo, super NES, game gear. There are interesting points for each gaming system, Even though right now PS3 is being ranked higher then 360, I think it is only because of the bul-ray reader, and the 1080P, where as 360 you have to get an adapter to do such things. Then again, the games for each system are becoming more general, i.e. grand theft auto, was for xbox i think originally, then you have games like rockband and guitar hero, which all systems use (360, PS3, Wii). I would love to know about what you take and you research turns up best of luck!
November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric Sklar
I think you should mention Sony's PSP marketing failure. I think it was about 1.7 billion dollars in expected losses.
November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexander Meo