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  • CitizenWolfie - June 28, 2013 5:28 a.m.

    I quite like the idea of the Ouya and I had some quite high hopes for it but after reading a few reviews for it (although thanks to their awesome PR campaign I'd forgotten it existed until yesterday) it seems like it's doomed before it ever gets going. It's getting a lot of flack from Kickstarter backers due to terrible customer service which makes me think; if they can treat the people who made it happen like shit, how will they be for the rest of us? It just feels like everything good about the console comes with a caveat. "Oh, it's excellent at doing X. BUT it's at the expense of Y..." I'm not overly keen on mobile games beyond a few forgotten ports (Last Express and Broken Sword spring to mind) and given that I don't have an Android phone it's probably not worth it for me and with the exception of the really good indie games such as Limbo or Flower (which usually make their way onto the main consoles anyway) there are far too many poor quality games in the indie market. Which pretty much leaves emulators. I love emulators and I've got a few on my laptop. But if I want to play them on my TV I can just connect my laptop to the TV and play old games with a 360 controller. I really hope this does well but after reading this review I don't think it's for me.
  • Rub3z - June 27, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Maybe the Game Stick will be better, it at least looks slicker than this wee box. I especially like Game Stick's controller and plug-and-play philosophy. It seems like these people are going for a new market of affordable "micro-consoles" but God knows casuals haven't heard shit about either of these things. Like, I'm sure I have a few less fortunate friends who would kill to have 1080p, $99 gaming console. To them, gaming in general seems expensive, and it's only inexpensive if it's limited to the scope of a game on an android or iPhone; and even then I'm not entirely sure those are regarded in their eyes as "real games" because they don't frequent gaming sites to find out about the best experiences available on those platforms like Canabalt or Super Hexagon. In their limited understanding of "gaming" it's sitting down in front of a big screen TV on a couch with a controller playing something like Halo or Call of Duty or Fifa or Madden, if it isn't playing Wii Sports on a Wii with family members and older people. To them, the mere idea of people playing games that are way cheaper than $50 (and not rentals) on dedicated gaming machines, even with something besides a controller, like on a PC, seems outlandish and completely alien to them. And that's really quite sad, that there are so many people who don't get the chance to know or experience the wide range of fun that gaming has to offer. It's because of this that I hope a thing like Ouya or GameStick can really take off.
  • BladedFalcon - June 26, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    Eh, nice ideas, but well, games are the lifeblood of a console, and I haven't really seen any games for the Ouya that are worth it, or go beyond the "it's a nice distraction" or "it's good... for a smarthphone game." Not to mention that if i want to emulate games, why not just use my own PC? That way i can connect my PS3 or even my old 360 controller into it and have a much more functional, lag-free experience. So yeah... unless later down the line it proves it can have a decent catalog of exclusive games to justify it's existence, I think I'll pass.
  • mothbanquet - June 27, 2013 1:39 a.m.

    Concurred.
  • avantguardian - June 26, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    every time i see this thing a miniature macho man randy savage pops in my ear. 'OOOOOHHHYYEEEEAAAHHHHH!'
  • GR_LucasSullivan - June 26, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    Followed by "Snap into a Slim Jim"
  • GAYMER - June 26, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    Ohhh. Thank you, I was wondering how you pronounce the name.
  • SpaceMammoth - June 26, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    I'm very excited about the Ouya, I think its a true revolution. I am an indie game developer and I will definitely be bringing my game; Mammoth Gravity Battles to Ouya.
  • Frieza - June 26, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    While an N64 emulator is appealing, I already have an emulator in the form of my Wii. It might not play N64 games, but it can run NES, SNES, and GB games just fine (among other things). I think it's a cool little box, but there is little appeal in it for me. Most of the features it provides I already get from something else, and don't want to spend money I don't have on something that will make my life slightly more convenient. It may be inexpensive when compared to the big name consoles, but it still isn't worth the price.
  • CUFCfan616 - June 26, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    You can get N64 games through the Nintendo store though
  • Frieza - June 26, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    True, but the selection of games is very small. 21 is not an impressive number, and there are many N64 games I would love to play that are not in the store.
  • Redeater - June 26, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Hey Lucas, did you get a preorder and if so did you get burned like so many supporters? I like the idea of this console but the founder needs to learn a thing about customer service.
  • GR_LucasSullivan - June 26, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    I missed the boat on the Kickstarter, but it seems like I might've dodged a bullet lol
  • LoboMau - June 26, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    My pc plugged into my TV does it better.Definitely not a buy for me. The only downside is the portability and that's why I have a Raspberry Pi.
  • OwlFromLimbo - June 26, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    This looks pretty cool, only something about it just doesn't look right... Aside from it being able to emulate a buttload of games and streaming MMO matches, I think this console would get me bored within the first week of me purchasing it.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - June 26, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    You can get the Twitch app for the Xbox, too.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 26, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    Surprised Ouya does not get flak for providing an outlet of illegal gaming (e.g. harboring tools to play illegal roms).
  • agentkuo - June 26, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    It bypasses any sort of legal restrictions because emulators by themselves are not illegal, and Ouya itself doesn't provide roms, it simply allows them to run.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 26, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Well Nintendo seems to think otherwise. Read on: "Can Websites and/or Internet Content Providers be Held Liable for Violation of Intellectual Property Rights if they are Only Providing Links to Illegal Software and/or Other Illegal Devices? Yes. Personal Websites and/or Internet Content Providers sites That link to Nintendo ROMs, Nintendo emulators and/or illegal copying devices can be held liable for copyright and trademark violations, regardless of whether the illegal software and/or devices are on their site or whether they are linking to the sites where the illegal items are found. "

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