I think I can sum up the issues with this – whether or not it’s true, it feels like buying an iPod that only plays The Decemberists. Now, I really like the Decemberists, but I wouldn’t want all of the music in the world to be the Decemberists (or their friends!) (I am listening to Sufjan Stevens as I type this, so really – I am the problem.)
I think the moment past the initial “cool” reveal where it became clear what this project “really” is put a bad taste in people’s mouths, and @exodus already covered that rather well, but it lingers for me, particularly as I’ve seen like zero discussion of this thing or what I’d actually GET were it to materialize in the coming months.
I also know the pandemic exacerbates everything but another issue that’s so daunting anymore regarding stuff like this and the Analogue Pocket (and SO much other stuff) is the “blink and you’ll miss it” preorder windows. You need to make this decision to throw $200-300 bucks out your window at something without even an ability to really understand if it’s going to be worth it, and that is kind of exhausting. Between things like LRG (and its clones) and board game Kickstarters and whatever all else, we live in this swirling mass of FOMO. I try not to let it get to me (and mostly succeed!) but it’s tiring.
OK this is a funny thread because like everyone else I was about to type the obligatory “but hey if you like this I don’t want to rain on your parade” but uh, this parade is VERY rainy.
To get things back on track (and because I am LAZY) does anybody know what GAMES are gonna be on this thing? I know Keita Takahashi was one of the signed-up devs. Anything else been revealed?