下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

My PS2 Controller is Dusty

My intarbuddy Scott sent me a heads-up about the new Sakura Taisen that Hiroi Ouji recently announced for the DS. My ST mailing list was already abuzz about it, but his message got me to put into writing some things I’ve been thinking about lately. Here’s my response to him:

I have already done my wiggly dance about this one, but thanks for the heads-up! It has gotten me thinking about portable games versus home games, and how much more likely I am to play a DS game than a PS2 game these days.

Portable game pros:

Home game pros:

Come to think of it, if the next-generation DS retains its charm but adds tech specs comparable to the PSP, many of the home game’s advantages would go away. Give me VGA, CD-quality sound, and a way to hook it up to the TV, and I may never need to buy a home system again.

Okay, now I’m worrying about how ST, a game that’s all about voices, music, and high-quality art, will get away with being on the DS, a system that doesn’t really excel at any of those things…