July 1, 2013
Gamers Drooling More Than Usual Over Ouya
The Ouya gaming console has been steadily making its way from Kickstarter campaign to real life product for nearly a year, and as of June 25th, it’s available to nearly anyone who wants one.
In fact, it’s been gaining so much popularity that Amazon had trouble keeping the thing in stock on the first day of availability. Ouya is also sold at Best Buy and Target stores, as well as GameStop and online at Ouya.tv. Those who backed the campaign on Kickstarter have been receiving their open source and indie-friendly console since April, however.
Don’t know what an Ouya is?
It’s a tiny box that runs Android and can be hooked up to your living room television to play video games. Indie game developers love it because of its Android open source platform and the ease with which they can create and sell games.
Gamers love it because it costs $99 and lets them try games before they buy them. You can also easily connect up to four consoles and play with friends.
Nerds love it because it’s “disruptive,” completely “open,” (they even encourage hackers to dig into the source code and do their own things with it) and they can run their media centers on a device that’s roughly the size of a small box of tissues. Ouya also runs Android apps and even runs emulators, meaning you can play all those old Nintendo games if you want to.
All this and more has made gamers salivate (literally salivate) with anticipation for this little gray and black box.
I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t gamers known droolers anyway?”
Yes, but this is a different kind of salivation, the kind saved for dreams about Laura Croft or brand new 3D rendering engines.
redOrbit game blogger A.J. Loving has mentioned his excitement (with less drooling, I’m sure) in previous blogs, mentioning how this new console essentially levels out the playing field and gives indie developers the chance to do something really great.
“This console gives light to the companies who couldn’t distribute major releases because of certain circumstances, even though they had more heart, talent and creativity than most of the major studios of today,” wrote loving back in March.
“Now the big boys will have to swim with sharks instead of relying on big names and advertising, since developers are required to offer free versions of their games and find their own ways to generate revenue with their product.”
Ouya is cheap, it’s open and it’s tiny yet packed with potential.
And if it means anything to you, I’m considering buying one of these things myself just to poke around and load up a Super Mario Brothers emulator. (It’s the only game worth playing.)
Why should this sway your opinion?
Because I haven’t owned a console in more than 10 years, and if something like this has me willing to pick up games again, then it must be some sort of exciting.
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