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28 November 2005
Target Arcade Machine = Windows PC, Rip-off
Ok, this officially kills my interest in Target's top-line arcade machines. From the updated description:
Multifunctional console plays thousands of retail Windows-based titles, lets you surf the Internet and plays MP3 music and DVDs
Oooooooh! I can stand up in front of an arcade machine and play Windows games, download pr0n, listen to my Burt Bacharach CD (with rootkit!), and play my Matrix DVD. Brilliant. How exactly does this make any sense, given that anyone in America who might be interested in this machine already has a Windows PC, a stereo, and a DVD player.

So, let's see:
  • Middlin' speed Windows PC, $500
  • 27" monitor, $500 or less (example)
That leaves me with $2500 for arcade cabinet, two joysticks, two sets of buttons, and licensed versions of 80 games. And do we get to know what those games are? Target's not saying.

Sure, I might not be able to get all 80 of those games legally for $2500, but compared to the price-per-game at StarROMs, this is a total rip-off.
--Matt Matthews at 22:14
Comment [ 5 ]

Comments on this post:

I told you man, 360+Arcade

By Anonymous jmro, at 28 November, 2005 22:02  

Don't make me come up there and crash your government, canuck.

Point taken. Won't see me buying an Xbox 360, though.

By Blogger jvm, at 28 November, 2005 22:07  

It has all the features you crave, even without any crappy next gen games.

Or you can ignore me and pick up a PS3, while it lacks all the features that make the 360 interesting. Somehow it will be slightly better than supporting microsoft.

As a target demographic male consumer, I will be getting both.

By Anonymous jmro, at 28 November, 2005 23:51  

My choice whether to buy a PS3 or not isn't predicated on sticking it to Microsoft, nor with getting an arcade emulator supermachine. Nice straw man.

Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie...

By Blogger jvm, at 29 November, 2005 00:06  

Besides, reading a list of games in Xbox Live Arcade... I saw Gauntlet, Joust, and maybe one or two others. Far, far fewer than is available on even one of the Midway Arcade Treasures collections.

I've only seen a listing of games in one place so far so the rightness of this statement is only as great as that source, but to me it seems that the classic arcade representation on the service is not very good at this time.

By Blogger JohnH, at 29 November, 2005 07:18  

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