Apple Damage

Apple Watch

By now, everyone knows about the $10K+ USD Apple Watch and I have no problems with Apple pricing that at a ridiculous price; let’s just attribute it all to high fashion and move on.

I’m hung up on the $449 CAD price tag for the Apple Watch Sport. This is supposed to be for commoners. It comes with the cheapest band, it’s built with aluminum instead of stainless steel and it doesn’t feature the scratch resistant sapphire crystal. They’re asking $449 CAD for an accessory to the iPhone. It’s important to stress that the Apple Watch is neutered without the presence of the iPhone. Without the iPhone, it’s a glorified sports band and digital watch.

The expected 18 hour battery life is fine if you remember to charge it nightly and refrain from long days. I am a fan of the magnetic charger which should make it painless to remove and charge. Having to fiddle with small charging ports could get annoying.

On top of all of that, I’m still not a fan of the look of the Apple Watch. I’m not a fan of square faces but there are designs out there that ooze class and style. The Apple Watch doesn’t emanate any of that. In fact, to me, it looks like a ginned up Timex.

12″ MacBook Retina

I’ve been waiting for this. A MacBook Air class laptop with a Retina display. Finally, a worthy upgrade to my 2011 MacBook Air. I was prepared to pay $1300- $1400 taxes in for one of these but after seeing what Apple unveiled, I’m holding off.

I like the form factor, I’m okay with the 12″ screen, the 16:10 aspect ratio is more than welcomed and needless to say but I’m also a fan of the choice of colors. I’m okay with the choice to move to USB-C; I don’t use my ports on a regular basis. I’m not okay with Apple not including the breakout box and charging $99 CAD for it. What Apple is saying is: “If you want to plug your USB stick into this computer, pay us an additional $99 CAD”.

That’s just dumb.

Hopefully Apple upgrades the MacBook Air line-up with a Retina display. The new MacBook’s 2lbs weight is nice but I wasn’t exactly clamoring for a laptop that’s lighter than the MacBook Air. I just want my MacBook Air with a Retina display.

Star Citizen

What is Star Citizen? A space simulation game headed by long time developer Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander fame) and funded by the people. It’s currently in development and nearly every single piece of media have shown quality work. There’s a buzz surrounding the game and I have no idea what’s worth getting excited about. The vision is grand and the attention to detail appears to be incredible. I’m just not convinced it’ll ever materialize in a reasonable amount of time. I want to experience something resembling a full product.

In the mean time, I will enjoy these pretty tech demos..

Checkpoint: Why I Bought Nintendo Edition

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The past week or so have not been kind to Nintendo. After announcing lower than expected sales and profits, they received a week’s worth of unrelenting criticism concerning their approach to hardware, business and games.

It’s a familiar tale to anyone who witnessed their troubles during the GameCube era.

It’s a no brainer for Nintendo to consider a new business model — the current one just doesn’t work. But I’m not here to help them out with that. I’m not even going to defend them or push back on the criticisms against them. I’m just going to tell you why I bought Nintendo’s 3DS and Wii U.

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PlayStation Now looks promising but I won’t use it

Unless it’s included with PlayStation Plus, I won’t be using the PlayStation Now service whenever it arrives in Canada.

A U.S only closed beta will begin at the end of January with public rollouts beginning this summer. There’s still no word on Canadian or international availability. They’re also not mentioning pricing models either.

I would love for it to be a feature of PlayStation Plus but if Sony is pushing this as the “Netflix” of video games, it will likely be a separate subscription. Minor compression artifacts and latency issues are forgivable if you’re only paying $7.99 per month (assuming it’s Netflix pricing) on your gaming budget. But when I already own some of those marquee PlayStation 3 games and already paying Sony $4 per month for PlayStation Plus, it’s a tough sell.

Sony have stated they’re going to start by streaming select PlayStation 3 titles before they go digging into their PlayStation and PlayStation 2 catalog.

I hope for the best but unless this is a dirt cheap option with a vast library of games that I don’t already own, I don’t foresee myself using PlayStation Now.

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