Wow; I wasn't expecting these two episodes to be two of the best episodes in the history of the New Disney; but they managed. And we have our second perfect episode in the New Disney. Enjoy and comment please. So next weekend; it's the final episodes of Fish Hooks and some Kick Buttowski before we get to Goof Troop on Canadian Thanksgiving. So I'll see you all on Saturday with All Fins On Deck and Cattlefish Ho! Cheers!
Update 1 (09/28/2012): http://blog.bcdb.com/michael-rye-94-car
Well; this is sad. The voice of Duke Igthorn and King Gregor passed away last week at the age of 94. He was one of the voices of Trample in Road To Macadamia on TaleSpin.
Here's USIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0082614/
Here's Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ry
And anyone who thinks Sony is fine and dandy needs to read this articles:
Because Sony's culture depends on the health of the third party which is dying in the first article; and it's wrecking havoc as demonstrated in the second article. I said this before and I'll say it again: I love competition as much as the next guy and I get that competition is a good thing. But when your competition is so stupid and doesn't believe that they are doing anything wrong; then you might as well have no competition; because it's the same thing basically.
Nintendo of America has been DARING people to abandon Nintendo handhelds for years to buy a PSP and later Vita; and fewer and fewer people are taking the bait anymore. Let's face it folks: Sony is stuck in a moment; they cannot get out of it and Rome is burning while John Koller is shooting about something that is only aimed at the fanbase because the gamers who haven't bought Sony products aren't going to spend $600 combined (before games are considered) for two platforms that might not have what it takes to match Wii U (which costs $350 at the most; and most of that is on the Gamepad which is still cheaper than Vita on it's own.) in terms of quality and few developers will care about using because of the high cost of gaming in the first article.
Isn't it hilarious that Nintendo's market value is higher than Sony's now? Isn't it funny that the very thing that was considered a gallstone around Nintendo's neck (first party sales domination) is now becoming the thing that puts Nintendo into a much better position than Sony and to a lesser extent Microsoft could ever achieve? And it's also nice that Emily Rodgers not only gets it; but doesn't stoop to the fanboy low that mobile devices are nothing. She gets the fact that mobile devices and smartphones (although calling them smartphones is really stupid since they are still electronic devices and their IQ is dependent on the user/creator. So it's not smart. Mobile device is a better term for them anyway.) are doing great damage; but mostly on the guys not named Nintendo. Not to say that Nintendo hasn't suffered damage themselves from them (although the annual loss that got was mostly contributed to Nintendo being way too cocky during tough economical times); but considering the ink spilled on "Nintendo is doomed" throughout the years, it's like noticing the splinter in the eye of Nintendo; while ignoring the logs in their eyes and Nintendo's competitors.
Bottom line: When you do the same stupid stuff over and over again and no one is buying your new portable and fewer people are buying your console due to your reputation; and don't realize that ideas and not budget puts asses in seats; you deserve every bad thing that happens to your company. You can say that people need a place to work; but I say back: There are a million tech companies and quite a few third party developers who would love to have your services that are smarter with their finances and they are creative and making stuff customers want. Just quit and go there if you want my respect. Staying in the same company who has been failing for years is admitting that you support their failure. Screw you! Like I said: crappy competition equals no competition in my eyes; only at least with no competition, you can always compete against either yourself, or indifference. You cannot really do that with crappy competition because you have to worry about them somehow coming out of their shell of crapiness even if the chances are almost zero.
So yeah. Thank you Emily for probably the two most insight articles I have seen this year (and on par with a good number of the 2006/2007 Sean Malstrom articles). I knew Sony was in bad shape; but I didn't really get the scope of it until now.