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Capcom Skeptical

by Kosta Andreadis - December 21, 1999, 9:13 pm PST
Source: FGN Online

Capcom President Bill Gardner speaks his mind on the state of the industry and "the Big 3." It isn't all nice either...

Capcom president Bill Gardener seems to have woke up on the wrong side of the bed as he issued the public with his views on the next-gen console race. Without anything nice to say about Sony, Nintendo and Sega he just dishes out negative comments about each company. I mean dissing Sony is great, Sega ok, but Nintendo?! Below are excerpts from FGNonline.

Gardener on Dolphin: As for Dolphin, Nintendo's highly secret console project, Gardner thinks more information should be provided to developers to garner significant third-party support. The console is scheduled to launch worldwide in fall 2000, and Gardner says, "From our perspective, we've got to be a little skeptical on [a Dolphin launch] next September, because unless some information comes quick, we won't have a product ready for them."

Gardener on PS2: Gardner explained his skepticism to mmWire that PlayStation2 can sell for less than $349, a price which he believes is too high to succeed in the mass-market. The complicated nature of a dual console and DVD player could also cause problems he predicts, saying, "Most people still can't program their VCR clocks. What if PS2 doesn't have a 'play' button on the front of it? I didn't see one." So is PlayStation2 set to be jack-of-all-trades and master of none? "I would argue that if you're a DVD player, then you're a DVD player," says Gardner, "and if you don't have the controls for it, you're not a DVD player."

Gardener on Dreamcast: Gardner maintains that the industry will not support three platforms, and further insists that Sega's much-reported product shortages will not be well-received by consumers and retailers. He comments, "If retailers lose customers because of a lack of product, there's going to be some hard feelings."

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