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Eulogy for the officially dead HD DVD format

Our friends at Engadget Japan (English link) were able to live blog a press conference that ended a few hours ago where Toshiba president Nishida-san officially confirmed earlier reports that HD DVD had fallen for good in the console war. During the conference a lot of numbers were dropped on the overall impact of the HD DVD format, but instead of just dolling out the info like we've been doing all week long we thought we would write a letter to our downed friend and tell him how we really felt.

Dear HD DVD,
Hey, it's everyone here at X3F. So you had a good decent run in the high definition format war and it didn't go the way you hoped. Now, like all those ET cartridges buried in the desert, you've found a new home padding Nevada for some kind of future nuclear test. Take solace in the fact that you have around 730,000 HD DVD players worldwide taking up space in homes like an overweight passenger who has to buy two seats on a United flight. Our fans made up for 300,000 of those units by way of the Xbox 360 add-on and while we here at X3F tried to give you as many shout-outs as possible it just didn't look like you were getting on anyone's good side.

It's funny, this whole thing really has nothing to do with video games but we keep talking about you. Maybe it's because of the whole Xbox 360 add-on thing or maybe we're just trying to ignore the fact that a new optical format in the age of digital distribution makes about as much sense as controlling an escalator with a chicken-n-beef burrito. So will Toshiba start making Blu-ray players or begin work on a new format? They won't say. What we know for sure is that somewhere Michael Bay is licking the sweet tears off of an HD DVD owner's face while pumping a fist to the sky crying for the head of Mr. Bill Gates. Wow, that rhymed! We're poet's and we didn't even know it! Nice, two for two.

With love,

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2-27-2008 @ 4:30PM

aeron said...

Oh cmon DIEGO!
This site and joystiq did nothing but mock the inclusion of a BR drive for the last year +....

I think a little victory dance is deserved, no?
"Everyone calling for a BR add on all of which mocked its inclusion in the PS3..

Dont hate the player hate the game! And learn to cry by yourself at night as the 360 turns into the Dreamcast 2..Once again MS has bonered a product.


Blu-ray still sucks c**k, and people are fine with reg. Dvd's. No1 cares. and you do.......

And about the shotty hardware, sony's psp actually breaks my psp umds........ so yeah, I guess they have quality control....


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