Vita May Resonate With Older Gamers
So sue me, I happen to really like the PlayStation Vita. But I'm starting to figure out why.
I've mentioned the available software before, and that amazing screen. However, there are plenty of other factors at play here, and it leads me to believe that older gamers will be enticed by Sony's new portable.
First and foremost, I really believe those who have been playing games for several decades are more resistant to gimmicks. It's a general rule of life that the older we get, the more resistant we are to change and this is no exception. For instance, while I think the PlayStation Move has a ton of potential, I really don't care about it. I like that motion-sensing has gotten millions of gamers moving, which is probably a much-needed feature for a weighty population.
But I'm sorry, for me, playing games is a sedentary hobby (I get my exercise elsewhere), and other gimmicky features just aren't doing it for me. That includes 3D and the integration of "social" websites like Facebook and Twitter into our games. I'm hardly the only one my age who thinks this way; those over the age of 30 just don't put as much stock in this stuff; our priority is - and always has been - the games. So although the Vita has plenty of nifty options and features, the focus is on games and furthermore, it's a focus on traditional gaming.
We've got the sticks; we've got just about everything we have when holding the PlayStation controller in our hand. Very much the same controller, by the way, that we had 15 years ago, and remains similar to other old-school gamepads. On top of which, the somewhat prohibitive price of the Vita means those who are more settled in life are likely to pick it up immediately. You should - ideally - be making a little more money than you were in your early 20s, and although time might be an issue, your bank account should be able to handle the cost of the unit.
Lastly, you've got the types of games: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, Dungeon Hunter Alliance, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, etc. are all geared towards a slightly older age group. At the same time, we do have plenty of family-friendly options, but the point remains: this software lineup doesn't look like Nintendo's. When you combine all these factors together, you get a machine that might - at the start, at least - appeal to the 25-40 crowd rather than the 13-24 crowd.
2/23/2012 9:22:04 PM Ben Dutka