no shit.

March 31st, 2006

UMD

Well, it’s official: UMD sucks.

Sony, come on. How many times do you have to do this shit? You make good things. Elegant things! Why do you have to relearn this lesson every single time?

Yes, you invented the Walkman. Yes, it was a brilliant invention on which you’ve capitalized for decades now, often innovating beautifully.

Do you really think it would have flown if you’d made up your own cassette tape and headphone plug?

Here, try this:

Use Flashmedia or even frickin’ USB thumb drives. Use fucking S-video and RCA ports. You were all excited about FireWire, even calling it iLink to make sure no one realized it would work with FireWire devices. Why don’t you just, you know, do that, but more?

This is the age of networking. Things that talk to other things. Stop trying to make it so things can only talk in your language. That just makes you, I dunno, English.

8 Responses to “no shit.”

  1. Jeff says:

    Boy, somebody’s not afraid to drop the f-bomb… JOSH.

    Conversely, Nintendo has just announced that instead of more proprietary memory cards and weird-ass storage like that, their next console will just use USB Mass Storage devices… like flash keychains. Or USB hard drives. Or iPods.

    SIGH. Nintendo rocks so hard these days. Jeff + Nintendo = TLF

  2. Joshua says:

    FBOMB3D!

    Nintendo, is there anything not to love?

  3. Evan says:

    The only think I don’t love about Nintendo thus far has been the lack of quality games except for platformers on the Game Cube. I can’t wait for their next console though.

  4. Joshua says:

    Are… you… we…

    What?

    Pikmin! Metroid! Mario Kart!

    And did I say Pikmin enough times?

    And let I be unclear, it’s Pikmin 2 I’m talking about. Pikmin 1 was good, but it lacked the single best thing about games — playing with your friends. But Pikmin 2 is terrible amounts of fun. The handicap system makes it so Jeff and I can actually play on even ground, even though the game belongs to him and Jonny forced him to play it for 22 hours a day for a month while they were, uh, “cohabitating”.

    I think you’ve confused the Nintendo Game Cube with the Intellivision.

  5. Evan says:

    Ummm… do you know what a platformer is Pepe?

  6. JP says:

    For what it’s worth (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headphones/), Sony, wth the Walkman, were the first to use the 1/8″ (3.5mm) headphone jack. They just keep hoping 1979 is going to happen again.

  7. Joshua says:

    No shit! Thanks, JP, that’s really interesting.

    (reads…) Oh, they actually invented the stereo version. It had existed in mono form for little in-ear speakers, like hearing aids and transistor radios. So what they did was make a backward compatible innovation.

    Evan, yeah, I know what a platformer is. It’s totally not what those games are that I mentioned. Oh, and how could I have forgotten Super Monkey Ball 2? Particularly with its superfun mini games, Monkey Boxing and Monkey Glider?

  8. Open up, Sony!…

    Yes, you invented the Walkman. Yes, it was a brilliant invention on which you’ve capitalized for decades now, often innovating beautifully.
    Do you really think it would have flown if you’d made up your own cassette tape and headphone plug?
    Via ldo…