Whilst you have to respect any man (apart from Wacko Jacko) who keeps Llamas, makes mind-bogglingly strange games and defiantly chooses to live out in rural West Wales, you also have to agree that Jeff Minter is well...to put it mildly, a bit strange
The man who created Hover Bovver for the C64 (click for info)
back in 1983 is perhaps best well known for Llamasoft and more recently for the Xbox360 interactive visualiser which he calls ?The first step into a future filled with beauty, light, creativity and fun?. Being in his brain must be ace!
It seems that Minter really has fallen for the 360 dream, judging by his latest comments in his new, regular Edge magazine sound-off. Speaking about ambling into his local Carmarthen branch of GAME whilst enjoying a nice Cornish pasty, and being baffled at not
wanting to put his name down on the PS3 pre-order list, Minter has a few harsh words to say about Sony.
Firstly, on the lack of a new Wipeout for the PS3 launch: ?Sony could probably have completely had me if there was lovely, sweet HD footage of a new Wipeout for PS3 at E3 ? I?ve made sweet, animal love to each iteration of that series over a succession of Sony consoles, and the thought of spending my Christmas in a comfortably enhanced frame of mind zooming around eye-poppingly beautiful HD circuits at insane speeds with some banging choons on would have had my name at the top of the preorder list in no time.?
Minter continues: "They seem absolutely certain that even when they say that it's going to be considerably more expensive than existing consoles, and that maybe there won't be that many titles actually available at launch, nonetheless us eager customers will rush out in droves to buy it because, hey, it's a new PlayStation."
"Yeah, you've got the lion's share of the current market, but don't get smug, Sony. Nobody likes smug, and it's not an attitude that has served companies well in the videogames industry."
Then, to really stick the knife in, he has a pop at the PSP: "Just making the shiniest, most expensive hardware doesn't cut it these days. Sure, the PSP was beautiful, shining, pretty and posh, whereas the DS was definitely the ugly sister. But hey, the ugly sister is better in the sack." This, it should be made clear, comes from a man that has animals as his best friends, plus helped design the Atari Jaguar.
Elsewhere in Edge, the Sony-bashing continues unabated, with Mr Biffo sticking his funny old oar in. Here's Biffo on Sony: "When the games were unveiled at E3 it was obvious the console falls far short of the sort of power Sony has been hyping. It was a bit like the disparity between Spinal Tap's vision of a towering tryptych and the on-stage reality."
Sony-bashing ? harmless bit of fun or misguided bandwagon jumping? Let us know what you think in the forum.