2019-04-07-tmp

Title: temp Author: mgarcia Date: 2091-04-20 12:13 +1100 Tags: Comments: Open


This is a reply to redditshreadit and stuff I was going to blog about anyway, so posted here.

Hardware I think Tommy T said it's a quad core processor. I can't remember him saying specs about the CPU, but what isn't multi core these days :D

 I expect it to be far more powerful than a raspberry pi.

Don't, you don't need much CPU power for a simple 2D gameplay loop and pushing out low res pixels, the 3DS only has 2 very low powered (286Mhz I think) cores and one is reserved for services! Providing background services is far more CPU intensive, so maybe a very light version of android (heavy) or linux (lighter), but ideally it should have an optimized real time OS (RTOS), but depends on man hours working on it and if it supports game engines (most likely android).

re: start recruiting C/C++ programmers Atari had hundreds of game developers in the early 1980s. Mattel had well over a hundred video game developers on staff as well.

I should have been clear and said, not internally, I meant like an open device, ie apple and android... more like ouya! The ouya built a large community of dev's very quickly before it even came out! Put out the SDK, docs and how to build a reference target and host a forum, it's all pretty standard stuff (especially since it can interface with a mobile).

The thing with Ouya, it was android so it had generic engine support, which is what 90% of gamedev's use these days. I thought TT said it will have engine support then on a different video thought I heard him say it wont, so not sure. Not being compatible with engines is a huge decision, but one I hope they make. It's not hard to code a simple 2D game from scratch in C/C++, it's very retro and old school! The low end hardware and programming to the metal, is a barrier of entry by itself.

If their SDK and doc's are good 'enough', it could also be educational, especially for Computer Science (C/C++ programmers).. similar to what the NetYaroze was with the playstation, but a lot cheaper and could be the start of careers gamedev or not etc etc... but it has to be something they actively want to do, they already have the real gamedev people as mentors, that's for sure!

If they're smart they will opensource most of it (obviously not the store, or even the SDK). Legitimate consoles need to provide security on their platform to avoid store piracy, but I think they can provide both, ie ouya or steam. The hardware will get hacked regardless and it will build a community around improving it, porting apps, services etc, so may as well contribute to it. If it's linux kernel base (linux & android), they'll have to release their kernel anyway, not sure about RTOS.

But it's all speculation, we'll see what they do with it! :D

Marketing

When it comes to the web today, it's a battlefield for hearts and minds! Anyway this is what I'm seeing regarding Amico's website (https://www.intellivisionentertainment.com) and their web marketing. The Amico website is a very arty site but is a slow and horrid mess on mobile! And apart from a contact form, it's just a static corporate site. Tommy does a great job at being 'social' and getting the message out.. via youtubers, social media accounts and a email list. But announcements aren't targeted at consumers, it's written to the press.. and worse still.. are the PDF files??? Looking around social media, links are just links to the PDF file, it's not web friendly nor is it consumer friendly IMO. IE: announcement tweet links to a PDF https://twitter.com/Intellivision/status/1123580195250696192 Also VGL links to a PDF https://twitter.com/VideoGamesLive/status/1123580624097275906

--- FYI: Links to PDF's don't auto generate thumbnails. ---

A proper generated HTML/CSS page for releases that everyone can share with a pretty embedded thumbnail.. gets attention and more shares, not a link to a business PDF file! To be clear, I hope the Amico team aren't relying on "gaming journalist" to be "traditional gaming press" and to get the message out!?? It's changed a lot in the last 5 years! The majority of the online gaming press these days tend to write negatively about developers, publishers and gamers to generate traffic to their clickbait, outrage articles! Maybe suggesting they could face blacklisting!

I think any press is good press, it's all attention! But press releases wouldn't do much in this day in age, IMHO

Anyway, there's nothing new here, just my thoughts.. Mike.

My thoughts on Amico's website and marketing Hi Just providing some "constructive criticism", I wouldn't waste my time if I didn't believe in this project. I'm a retro guy myself, and I like the 'old ways' of doing thing.. but when it comes to the web today, it's a battlefield for hearts and minds! Anyway this is what I'm seeing regarding Amico's website (https://www.intellivisionentertainment.com) and web marketing.

The Amico website is very arty site but is a slow and horrid mess on mobile! And apart from a contact form, it's just a static corporate site.

Tommy does a great job at being 'social' and getting the message out.. via youtubers, social media accounts and a email list.

But announcements aren't targeted at consumers, it's written to the press.. and worse still.. are PDF files??? Looking around social media, links are just links to the PDF file, it's not web friendly nor is it consumer friendly IMO. IE: announcement tweet links to a PDF https://twitter.com/Intellivision/status/1123580195250696192

Also VGL links to a PDF https://twitter.com/VideoGamesLive/status/1123580624097275906 FYI: Links to PDF's don't auto generate thumbnails.

A proper generated HTML/CSS page for releases that everyone can share with a pretty embedded thumbnail.. gets attention and more shares, not a link to a business PDF file!

To be clear, I hope the Amico team aren't relying on "gaming journalist" to be "traditional gaming press" and to get the message out!?? It's changed a lot in the last 5 years even! The majority of the online gaming press are progressive left wing advocates (VOX, polygon, Kotaku, twitter, etc etc). They will only talk negatively about this, especially with any known conservatives in your team! They will make horrible titles to generate traffic to their 'opinion' articles, which are commonly single sided, non-truths or out of context trash.

I think any press is good press, it's all attention! But you have to speak louder and more frequently then they do and you need a lot of people on your side to comment on these pieces! Press releases wouldn't do much in this day in age, IMHO

You're site has to generate content, to get people from social media hive sites, to your site and be active there. I get it's a console mostly for children (and that's great!), so maybe all this is irrelevant.. but thought I would write it how I see it ;)

Anyway.. I'm looking forward to the live stream :D

Mike. PS: I'm mostly here because Andre' Lamothe is a big idol of mine :D




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