Joined: Oct. 2000
|Posted: Feb. 05 2001, 00:36
Urk. Unprofessional, sloppy, and poorly designed. That's what I think of the new (and old as well) website. It doesn't exactly inspire confidence in me that Mike can do anything with computers that a 13 year old can't do better.
Cutting edge? Has he seen what sort of 3D environments are being rendered on PCs and game consoles these days?
It is, in a word, terrible. Of course (and here it comes) I'm still going to get SVR because I'm a sucker for his music. But I expect I will go through the thing, get the music I want, capture it, mp3 it, and NEVER touch the actual "game" again.
I can already hear those who say, "but Mike even says that the quality isn't the same as SVR will be". I'm so glad you can be optimistic. But even taking that into account - this stuff looks sort of weak by 1996 standards; and a lot has changed since then. It doesn't look like a rough draft - it looks like an amateur's work.
In addition, as Tim pointed out, who is going to buy this outside of the already dwindling fan base? Mike's name isn't the draw it once was. Even if he called it Tubular Bells Reality it wouldn't sell. I love his music so much... but he seems totally unable to capture a wider audience. He keeps on trying - TB3 is a prime example - but he continues to fail. He COULD succeed! I believe he could grab more people's ears. But the way to do it is to do what he does best, and don't do a halfassed job of it. He's got to put time, effort, and heart into it... and he should stick to the medium that he has competence in - music.
A full hearted, full out music project, promoted with strategic marketing and a REAL tour could save this fledgling career. Sonic VR will go unnoticed execpt to the few thousand of us who know about it and care enough, and I suspect it will disappoint most of us in the end.
Sad, Mike, that it comes to this. When it comes to believing that something is cutting edge when it is actually old hat. For crying out loud, the number of polygons your pushing can be beaten by the old PlayStation, and that came out 6 years ago!
Ack... I should shut up. This is getting too long. But it has been brimming in me for months and this new update pushed me over the edge.