Author Archives: Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a technology and video game columnist. You can see what he's up to each day on Twitter by following him @donreisinger.

The Wii U Needs to Be Replaced By A Real Contender – Now

The Wii U Needs to Be Replaced By A Real Contender – Now

Can we all finally admit that the Wii U is in huge trouble? I mean, for months I’ve been saying it here on SlashGear, and yet, the company’s most ardent supporters have continued to say that the console will be just fine. But again, that argument flies in the face of the facts.

Nintendo earlier this week announced that during the last quarter, it sold just 160,000 Wii U units worldwide. That’s right – worldwide. To say that’s an abysmal showing for a console that hasn’t even been on store shelves for a year might just be the biggest understatement I can think of at this moment.

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Who Knew? Hardware Is the New Software

Who Knew? Hardware Is the New Software

It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft supporters and fans would laugh at Apple and Steve Jobs, saying that as wonderful as he was believed to be, he never had the kind of money that Bill Gates did. At the end of the day, those people would argue, it was software that sold products and actually mattered; not hardware.

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Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

When I look around the technology space, I can’t think of any single product that is so poorly associated with another device than Microsoft’s Kinect. The sensor, which is supposedly designed with gamers in mind, actually delivers very little value to gamers nowadays. In fact, the Kinect is designed for computers and entertainment – gaming is an afterthought.

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Why Nintendo Has No Choice But to Go Multiplatform

Why Nintendo Has No Choice But to Go Multiplatform

I know what I’m about to say will annoy millions of Nintendo fans around the globe and maybe even make some of the executives at the company scoff, but the way I see it, there’s no other way out for Nintendo than to end its love affair with consoles and go multiplatform with its hit titles.

I understand that, for years, Nintendo has rebuffed all suggestions that it should bring its titles to other multiple platforms. The company believes that it’s still going to benefit most from offering hardware and software on a single product and can’t fathom the thought of putting Mario or Zelda on an Xbox or PlayStation. First-party titles are the secret to its success, after all.

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Kids and Tech: Is It Going Too Far?

Kids and Tech: Is It Going Too Far?

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with technology. Any product I could get my hands on, I would use. And when I had a chance to pick up a game console, you can bet I was rushing to the stores to get one. Technology ruled much of my childhood.

Still, I was able to handle the real world. I could converse with both kids and adults, and I was engaged enough in school to know that there was a time and place for my technology. I also understood that getting too obsessed with tech could make me socially awkward, which prompted me to question how much time I should be spending around it.

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Why Google Could Win the Console Wars

Why Google Could Win the Console Wars

If Google TV taught us anything, it’s that the search giant has some interest in competing in the living room. The company’s platform, which runs on set-top boxes and televisions, is designed to run atop the user’s television service and deliver full interactivity with both that programming and all of the entertainment options available on the Web.

When Google TV was announced years ago, everyone knew that it was an ambitious project. But Google seemed focused on breaking into the living room and succeeding.

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Why the Xbox One’s Abysmal Start Won’t Matter on Launch Day

Why the Xbox One’s Abysmal Start Won’t Matter on Launch Day

Microsoft’s Xbox One has gotten off to an exceedingly difficult start. Although it impressed nearly all gamers and entertainment lovers at its unveiling in May, when the details on the console started flooding in, everything changed. And many of the gamers that had previously thought highly of Microsoft and the Xbox One had second thoughts.

Much of that reaction modification was due to Microsoft’s announcement on “check-ins” and used gaming. The company initially told the world that gamers would be forced to “check in” to Xbox Live once every 24 hours to continue to play games offline. If more than 24 hours elapsed, offline gaming would not be allowed.

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I’ll Never Wear A Smartwatch. Never

I’ll Never Wear A Smartwatch. Never

With the news surrounding Sony’s possible plans to launch a smartwatch in the near future, I’ve been inundated with comments by the geekiest of the geeks, saying how they can’t wait to get their hands on any and all smartwatches. Those devices, they say, will dramatically improve their lives.

As one of the geekiest geeks out there, one would think that I, too, would want to get my hands on a smartwatch. After all, I’m a gadget fanatic and love everything there is to love about this industry. Why wouldn’t I want to slap a smartwatch from Sony or Apple or any other company on my wrist and be done with it?

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What Makes Apple Different?

What Makes Apple Different?

I have a question for all of you that, for the life of me, I just can’t answer on my own: what makes Apple different?

Yes, I know it’s a question that’s been posed before, and some have said in the past that it was Steve Jobs or the company’s massive cash coffers. Others have said it’s a corporate culture. But I just don’t think any of those answers fully captures what truly makes Apple special and different.

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Thank you, Apple. You’ve outdone yourself on the Mac Pro 2013

Thank you, Apple. You’ve outdone yourself on the Mac Pro 2013

I’m a complainer. I know it. My family knows it. And anyone who has read my repeated diatribes here on SlashGear knows it. I don’t like products that I feel could be better. And I can’t stand when companies seem to ignore the consumer’s plea for enhancements.

That’s precisely the way I felt everytime I even looked at the Mac Pro I’m writing this on now. I felt that Apple has ignored my pleas for a better desktop for years, and it seemed as if the company didn’t care. The Mac Pro was an afterthought, I believed, and there was not a single thing I could do about it.

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