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Worst Christmas Ever For Gadgets?

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the please-santa dept.

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An anonymous reader writes, "CNet says this will be the most disappointing Christmas ever for gadget-lovers. The Playstation 3 is delayed across most of the world, the Zune MP3 player is cancelled for everyone outside the US, Vista won't be out for home users before the big day, and even Final Fantasy XII won't reach Europe in time. From the article: 'It's enough to make you slit your wrists with the shards of a smashed Christmas tree bauble... Santa fails to deliver on almost all of his Yuletide promises. Most of the major technologies that were supposed to be ready for purchase have been delayed until next year.' The writer goes on to suggest phrases to use over Christmas dinner when the offending companies' products are mentioned. To reduce the pain of a Zune-less party, he suggests remarking: 'Imagine the stability and usability of Windows migrated to an MP3 player. In short, imagine a small portable version of Hell.'"

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305 comments

It'll be the best Christmas ever (0, Troll)

Sexual Asspussy (453406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16765973)

if Hemos comes through for Taco with the USB-powered double dong.

Re:It'll be the best Christmas ever (3, Interesting)

aetherworld (970863) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766067)

It might be! :)

I'm certainly looking forward to the Wii! And maybe to upgraded Mac Minis (Core 2 Duo). And to Samsung's SPH-M8100. No honestly, it might be a nice christmas. And because there is no Vista and no PS3, less people will bring their christmas presents back to the shops to get something else instead.

Re:It'll be the best Christmas ever (1)

white_eskimo (1007149) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766081)

or mac book pro... you dont see many laptops out there with the intel core 2 duo yet. It looks like Apple will be doing well this Christmas season.

Re:It'll be the best Christmas ever (2, Informative)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766251)

Apple is slightly [dell.com] behind with that [gateway.com] technology. [hp.com]

Re:It'll be the best Christmas ever (-1, Flamebait)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766297)

Are you retarded? The mac mini is not a laptop. Apples professional line of laptops, the macbook pro, has already switched to core 2 duo, and all signs point to a switch of the basic consumer line any day now.

Re:It'll be the best Christmas ever (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766591)

Apparently today, if the C2D MacBook (vanilla) intro page is anything to go by, along with the yellow 'back soon' sticky note to the rest of the Apple Store.

Re:It'll be the best Christmas ever (1)

white_eskimo (1007149) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766375)

i dont see any of those companies offering the 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Plus with the new shuffle out, Apple has a lot to sell...

Re:It'll be the best Christmas ever (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766255)

i think microsoft charges you twice the purchase costs of Vista to return it. And maybe an additional fee for every day you don't use it. Coz you know, it's their "IP".

Wii! (5, Insightful)

skeib (630324) | more than 7 years ago | (#16765979)

In one word - Wii!

Re:Wii! (2, Insightful)

Zigg (64962) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766047)

Yeah, holy crap, what's TFA got against Wii? You can point at your TV to play games. Instead, we're going to whine about the incrementalist PS3?

Re:Wii! (3, Interesting)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766231)

PS3 versus Wii [google.com] . For those that didn't see it yet, I found it hilarious.

Re:Wii! (1)

GamerCowboy (954246) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766085)

It may surprise many but over here in the Middle East, Nintendo's Wii has not gathered as much interest as Sony's PS3. I'm an admitted Sony hater but I can understand why others might like the brand. Nevertheless, it really doesn't make any sense to me why so many supposed gamers have not even glanced at what Wii can do.

Other than that, I disagree that this will be the worst gadget Christmas ever. The Fine Article is actually rather short and lists only a few disappointments- none of which I was interested in anyway. I'm planning on getting two Wiis, some DS games, a new mouse, and maybe a new PC for my parents.

Oh the humanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16765989)

...the Zune MP3 player is cancelled for everyone outside the US, Vista won't be out for home users before the big day...

Oh noes!!!1!!1!eleventy!!2

Santa fails to deliver on almost all of his Yuletide promises.

No. Companies including Sony and Microsoft have failed to deliver on their promises. As usual. The only news here is that CNet are surprised by this.

In summary... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16765991)

In summary...

Sucks to be you, Europe!

It'll be a very merry christmas outside of the wasteland.

Re:In summary... (4, Funny)

imdx80 (842737) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766017)

Sucks to be you, Europe!

in other news sony have revised the number of PS3s being distributed to 5, 3 to North america and 2 to Tokyo

Re:In summary... (1, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766053)

in other news sony have revised the number of PS3s being distributed to 5, 3 to North america and 2 to Tokyo

The good news is that this is an increase on previous estimates... ;-)

Re:In summary... (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766243)

in other news sony have revised the number of PS3s being distributed to 5, 3 to North america and 2 to Tokyo

So how come there's 7 for sale on E-bay?

Re:In summary... (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766291)

One of them is a box, a couple are posters, one of them is a PS2 with the 2 crossed out and 3 scrawled on, and another is a PS2 taped to a PS1. The other 2 are imports.

Re:In summary... (3, Funny)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766395)

and one of them is a P-P-P-Ps3

Maybe it's time to go low tech (5, Insightful)

locksmith101 (1017864) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766003)

seems like it's high time for an unplugged Chistmas - how about we all go back a few years back in time and forget about all that never ending search for silly gadgets that have a life time span of 3 minutes...what ever happened to pets? to imagination? to communication skills?

Re:Maybe it's time to go low tech (1)

Alicat1194 (970019) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766021)

what ever happened to pets? to imagination? to communication skills?

Nope, sorry, no Lego this year either :)

Re:Maybe it's time to go low tech (1)

Proud like a god (656928) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766023)

A pet is for life, not just for christmas. :-P

Re:Maybe it's time to go low tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766349)

I will correct it for you:
A pet is for pet's lifetime...
I usually kill the kittens at new year.

What ever happened to pets? (4, Funny)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766075)

"...what ever happened to pets?"

Wha.... OH GOD!!! I'd forgotten! Fluffy! Sure enough, I found that skeleton behind the couch. Thanks a lot, way to make my day!

Look at the bright side (5, Insightful)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766203)

You can use that skeleton for a real nice case mod ;-)

Re:Maybe it's time to go low tech (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766257)

Wait, what, MOM?!

What the hell are you doing on Slashdot?

Re:Maybe it's time to go low tech (5, Insightful)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766389)

Pets? Do you have any idea how many animals end up at shelters because some jackass thought "hey a puppy would make a cute christmas present"? Buying (or better yet, adopting) a pet should be an informed decision involving everyone in the household, not a surprise.

Re:Maybe it's time to go low tech (1)

poddys (950236) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766405)

Geeze - you mean we might all have to go back to sitting as a family around the dining room table playing board games! Marvellous idea.............

Not that upset, really... (5, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766011)

The Playstation 3 is delayed across most of the world

I'd rather have a Wii.

the Zune MP3 player is cancelled for everyone outside the US

I'd rather have an iPod (if I wasn't perfectly happy with my Rockbox'd iRiver).

Vista won't be out for home users before the big day

I'd rather have a lobotomy.

and even Final Fantasy XII won't reach Europe in time.

Never mind that, when's Final Fantasy III coming out for DS?

Re:Not that upset, really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766277)

i couldn't agree more - even about the iRiver

Not many gadgets for the first Christmas (5, Funny)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766015)

this will be the most disappointing Christmas ever for gadget-lovers
Unless the archaeologists have missed something, there appear to have been precious few items available for gadget-lovers circa 5 AD.

Re:Not many gadgets for the first Christmas (4, Funny)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766105)

"Unless the archaeologists have missed something, there appear to have been precious few items available for gadget-lovers circa 5 AD."

Yeah, I remember. The iPods back then were the size of a phone booth and only held 128K worth of iTunes. Coal-fired CD burners, too. Yeah, those were the days.

Re:Not many gadgets for the first Christmas (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766241)

Coal-fired CD burners, too.

I believe those were called kilns.

Re:Not many gadgets for the first Christmas (1)

toleraen (831634) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766159)

I didn't think people started celebrating the birth of Santa until a few hundred years later, I could be wrong though.

Like we really need more gadgets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766029)

What were you hoping for anyway, Vista under the tree?

I don't care much about gadgets... (2, Funny)

mrjb (547783) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766035)

...as long as Duke Nukem Forever is released.

I'll take the coal, please (4, Insightful)

cpuh0g (839926) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766039)

What kind of person says "I really want Windows Vista for Christmas"?? For that matter, what kind of dork asks for any specific operating system for Christmas anyway? I can see wanting a new computer, but a specific OS, for Christmas?

Regarding the Zune thing - aren't there already like 50 different MP3 players on the market - not counting the iPod family? So again, who the hell cares? What a stupid article.

Re:I'll take the coal, please (1)

wumpus188 (657540) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766077)

You must be new here.

Re:You must be new here. (1)

OneSmartFellow (716217) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766125)

Now that's funny !

No, I'm New Here (5, Funny)

New Here (701369) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766209)

No, I'm New Here

Re:No, I'm New Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766417)

You created a slashdot account just to make a silly joke every time someone makes that comment. That's impressively nerdy.

At last... (1)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766233)

...a reason to be thankful that the kids are only interested in playing with the box.

Re:I'll take the coal, please (1)

TomorrowPlusX (571956) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766273)

What kind of person says "I really want Windows Vista for Christmas"?? For that matter, what kind of dork asks for any specific operating system for Christmas anyway? I can see wanting a new computer, but a specific OS, for Christmas?
Well, I was happy when OS X 10.3 came out on October 25th a few years ago -- my birthday! Yay... I spent the next few days cursing because Xcode 1.0 sucked so hard.

Re:I'll take the coal, please (1)

gutnor (872759) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766281)

"What kind of person says "I really want Windows Vista for Christmas"??"

Thousands of computer shop owners ...

Being able to display areo on your demo machine and have the salesman proudly talking about the very top most latest new release of Windows during the most important sale period of the year ...

"So again, who the hell cares?"

Considering the burden of shopping during Christmas and the insane prices on almost everything related, I say, why do people still care about Christmas at all? Wait January for real deal on Christmas crackers :-)

I have 4 comps in my house, + a server (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766355)

and if one of them runs a different os, it's not the "END" of the world for me..

Someone in a one computer household, that's old and decrepit and up for renewal- will go to someone like me for a reccomendation.

I'm the one that's going to tell them to wait for vista to be loaded on the machine...
    they are going to hold onto that machine for 2-3 years at least- and it's the only advice I can feel safe giving a neophyte right now.

Final Fantasy XII (2, Interesting)

Karaman (873136) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766055)

I am from Europe and two of my friends have already done Final Fantasy XII on PS2. The game is yet not playable on emulator, cause you need 2 analogs to navigate the heroes through the terrain. The game is the greatest FF for PS2 so far.

Re:Final Fantasy XII (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766095)

Why would that stop you playing on emulator? I have a ps2-style pc gamepad (including dual analogue and rumble) with a usb plug on the end. It works fine with the ps2 emulator, although I can't say the same about the emulator itself yet...

Re:Final Fantasy XII (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766809)

The game is the greatest FF for PS2 so far.

Famitsu believe it to be the best Final Fantasy so far, giving it 40 out of 40 [wikipedia.org] , a feat achieved by only 5 other games.

Add one more (1)

(trb001) (224998) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766079)

Just to add another item that's been pushed out past Dec 25, the WoW expansion won't appear until sometime in Jan 2007, at the earliest.

--trb

You think You've Got it Tough? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766091)

Back 10,000 years ago, someone invented the wheel and everyone was saying that 'this'll be the best xmas, ever!'. Indeed it was, but little did they know that that would be the last new gadget for over 2,000 years (until someone invented the Iron Maiden, when of course xmas became way more fun.)..

Bad news ? (1)

alexhs (877055) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766139)

the Zune MP3 player is cancelled for everyone outside the US, Vista won't be out for home users before the big day

And you think it's bad news ? :P

Distracting tree decorations (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766157)

" 'It's enough to make you slit your wrists with the shards of a smashed Christmas tree bauble"

I see someone has yet to discover the amazing simplicity of the Festivus Pole.

PS3 Delayed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766171)

"The Playstation 3 is delayed across most of the world"

I think you took what CNet said out of context...I mean, if you consider Europe as being "most of the world", then I guess you would be right, but Europe isn't "most of the world" IIRC.

Nothing wrong the the quote (1)

gzunk (242371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766629)

So you believe that Africa, Australasia, Asia (excluding Japan), the Indian sub-continent, South America and Antartica are all getting their PS3's this year then?

No? That's what I consider to be "The rest of the world" (with Europe as well I might add)

thus quoth the Geography nazi (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766801)

"Asia (excluding Japan), the Indian sub-continent"

Kind of redundant: India is entirely part of Asia.

Oh no (1)

debrain (29228) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766179)

Our Pagan [wikipedia.org] -Coca Cola [wikipedia.org] holiday will be ruined! lol

Re:Oh no (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766917)

Meh. It's pretty common for Christian festivals to coincide with pagan festivals.

A witch I used to know reckons it's because whenever a missionary was trying to convert a bunch of people, the people would say "Well, we've got this festival at this time of year and it's all great fun" and the Church had set festival dates so the missionary would be able to reply with "We have something similar".

Maybe for geek gadget lovers (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766199)

Face it, the article was written for the /. crowd, not to the average consumer. For the average consumer, there's still a lot.

1) Wii
Okay, it's a crappy name, but at $250 it's very affordable to most households.

2) iPod nano 2nd gen
One word: colors. No self-respecting geek would buy a pink iPod but every female I know that doesn't have one wants one.

3) Sansa e200 series players
There is an alternative to the iPod. SanDisk should step up their marketing.

WoW Expansion delayed too... (1)

talieos (673224) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766201)

So no more Warcrack until January. Well, at least, no less either.

Missing Option (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766205)

I'm Jewish, you insensitive clod. Oh - and the 8 presents for Hannukah, one per day, is just an urban myth - at least when I was growing up :-)

No impact on the Open Source Community (1)

jamesl (106902) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766211)

Because they've been plugging away all year creating Free and Open Source portable MP3 and video players, games for Linux and web-connected refrigerators. Which they're building, documenting and sharing freely with all their friends. Great holiday season ahead for FOSS.

Re:No impact on the Open Source Community (1)

SleepyHappyDoc (813919) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766517)

What a great idea! I'm sure the kids of the world will be thrilled when they look in their stockings on Christmas morning and find little slips of paper with Freshmeat urls on them.

My Christmas Gadget (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766249)

I'm after a digital camera. I'm looking for one with a decent optical zoom (at least 6) and I guess something like 6 Megapixels. To make matters worse, I don't want an SLR as I can't stick that in my pocket when I'm snowboarding, and I want it to be under £300.

I think I'm more likely to find a PS3 lying in the street to be honest.

digicams (1)

OmniGeek (72743) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766365)

Hmmm, if you'll be wearing it in your pocket while snowboarding, it BETTER be small and cheap -- you don't want a spill to deprive you of either an expensive gadget or un-dented body parts. ;-) I suspect that a 6x optical zoom in and of itself will preclude easy pocketability on account of the optics, regardless of the size of the electronics involved...

Re:My Christmas Gadget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766529)

A 6x optical zoom on a non-SLR? Fuck me, you don't want much do you? The optics alone would cost you most of that £300, unless you're happy to have an f-stop in the mid-teens.

Back away from the tinsel, we're here to help... (4, Insightful)

mogrify (828588) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766269)

It's enough to make you slit your wrists with the shards of a smashed Christmas tree bauble...

Is it just me, or is the list of events requiring ritual seppuku getting a little crowded?

Title is misleading (4, Insightful)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766271)

Title hould Read: Worst Christmas Ever for Gadgets in the UK

Here in the US all these gadgets will be here. Good Luck laying your hands on one of those overpriced-ForcednewMedia-PS3s though.

Speaking of the PS3. I just realized this High Price, Low Volume, pre order only console strategy is a valid strategy. A strategy to sqeeze one more Xmas out of the PS2. Selling at 129 for the slimline/bundle, it is the Wii's only real competition. And they managed to sneak it up on us. And I thought they were Idiots.

Re:Title is misleading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766523)

Your comment reminds me of a certain [vgcats.com] comic strip.

No Problem! Make Your Own! (2, Interesting)

mrs clear plastic (229108) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766285)

Look at this in another way! Take this opportunity to make your own gifts.

I have not done Christmas 'shopping' for close to 10 years now.

Every year, I make my own gifts for my family.

Popular opinion says that it's far better and more deeply personal to hand make your holiday gifts. By making my own gifts, I also give a part of my own self with each family member.

I have three hobbies that bless me with thie freedome. Sewing, electronics, and glass. I have made a variety of gifts for the family, ranging from unique rainwear; unique clothing crafted from upholstery and drapery fabrics; glass art; and this year, very unique burning mane inspired clear plastic rain bonnets lines with el-wire, or what some of you know of, as glow-wire and cold-neon.

Surely, all of you must have some creative energy and spirit. Let it flow free. Give it a try!

Luv

Re:No Problem! Make Your Own! (2, Funny)

Throtex (708974) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766307)

Can you make me a PS3?

Re:No Problem! Make Your Own! (0, Troll)

Duds (100634) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766675)

In other words, you're a cheapskate.

Is that legal? (1)

gzunk (242371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766695)

I also give a part of my own self with each family member.

I always thought sending body parts through the mail was illegal,

Its more like a cause for celebration (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766287)

No need to get caught up in the xmas rush. Save your money and just join us mac users for our Christmas at Macworld. Honestly though, so what is Vista/PS3 or the Zune is delayed/restricted? You're only disappointed if you wanted these items in the first place. The Wii is here and that is just one example of a tech product for christmas.

Wha? (4, Insightful)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766293)

What a silly article. Personally, I feel it's high time there stopped being one or two overhyped "must have" gifts every holiday season that everyone suddenly wants, filling the pockets of whoever crapped out the flashiest ads. Whatever happened to getting people thoughtful gifts you know they'd like, out of the large number of things possible to actually get without a second mortgage and a sideline dealing heroin to metal bands?

There are pantloads of gadgets and non-gadgets out there I'd love to receive this holiday season, chances are you've never seen a television commercial for any of them, none of them will cost you a week's pay, and if you know me you can guess what they are. And I hope whatever I give you is just as appreciated.

Who gives: (3, Insightful)

Upaut (670171) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766299)

Who gives gifts of several hundreds of dollars in electronics? One can geek out in holiday shopping without breaking the bank. Thinkgeek sells fine geeky gifs at a great range, for example.

Or a good book? "The Ascent of Science" by Brian Silver is quite a nice read. Buying for an eight year old? May I reccomend a reprint of "the Golden Book of Chemistry" (Go to LuLu books. Several versions of differing quality. Some are very good labors of love, others not so much, yet still useful.).

Or a subscription to MAKE, CRAFT, National Geographic, or some other magazine?



Or if you are going to break the bank on a gift, how about something not obsolete in a couple of years. How about a chemistry set? The CHEM C3000 doesn't suck. And given todays "chemistry sets", that is high praise. Or go all out if its a son/grandson/daughter/granddaughter. Buy a nice shed, build a chemistry workbench. Cover it in bronze sheeting (or copper. or brass). Buy some surplus glassware and an inkwell burner at American Science Surplus. And a lot of mason jars of varying sizes. A golden book of chemistry. A pack of three moleskin notebooks for their notes, and to top it off, privacy if they want it. Or get involved in their lives. Make it fun. Bond.

Re:Who gives: (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766533)

Or a subscription to MAKE, CRAFT, National Geographic, or some other magazine?

I asked "santa" for a subscription of WoW.

In the letter I stated "If you bring me the subscription to WoW I wont do anything [bad] for one year". And of course next year I would ask for another subscription.

Best Christmas ever? (1, Informative)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766305)

Check this site [worlddominationtoys.com] . Way cool gadgets for a fun Christmas.

Re:Best Christmas ever? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766519)

Informative!? I see toys, clothes and video games, but no gadgets.

Doctor Steel's gadgets (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766759)

"Informative!? I see toys, clothes and video games, but no gadgets."

Sorry. Gadget-wise, he used to sell a "remote anti-gravity flying saucer (for $625,000.99 U.S.)" [scifi.com] , but I can't find it in his catalogue anymore. He must have sold out.

News for nerds, my shiny metal ass (1)

TomorrowPlusX (571956) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766311)

Slashdot: News for consumers.

Re:News for nerds, my shiny metal ass (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766541)

Slashdot: News for consumers. Stuff you can buy.

And the european version:

Slashdot: News for consumers. Stuff you can't buy this christmas.

Ha. I love in Europe, but I care for nothing on this list.

huh? (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766369)

"Playstation 3 is delayed across most of the world, the Zune MP3 player is cancelled for everyone outside the US, Vista won't be out for home users before the big day, and even Final Fantasy XII won't reach Europe in time."

That just means it sucks if you are a european. Thats not exactly news. Vista not coming out is hardly bad news.

There is nothing on this list that make it seem like a bad x-mas. FFXII is europe's own damn fault with several different languages and PAL,SECAM and other TV standards.

Re:huh? (1)

Dasaan (644170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766575)

FFXII is europe's own damn fault with several different languages and PAL,SECAM and other TV standards.
Yep damn us for not using shitty NTSC.

No Zune, no Vista (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766385)

And this is bad news how, exactly?

Gift of Ubuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766413)

Maybe you'll be lucky and have some loving friend or family member give you the Gift of Ubuntu (tm)!

Hmm... (1)

Ichigo Kurosaki (886802) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766447)

Since when is Vista a gadget?

Re:Hmm... (1)

ThomsonsPier (988872) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766855)

Expensive, comes in a small box, and is inherently useless.

Sounds like a gadget to me.

World of Warcraft (1)

tangent3 (449222) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766471)

C|Net left that big one out.
But hey! Neverwinter Nights 2 is out!

Honestly... Is it really the worst? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766483)

I mean... doesn't 1795 still take the crown for gadgetless Christmas? Nobody was really able to follow up Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin from Christmas of '94. And honestly, I don't believe anyone really tried.

Aliens in the UK (1)

octalgirl (580949) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766553)

Along with the Tickle Me Elmo rush, sneaks in a little gadget called 'Test Tube Aliens' which actually comes out of the UK. They are freaky little things that I haven't quite figured out, partly because they are all still in the package and I haven't had the chance to tear one apart yet.

They are a cross between those slimy grow things that you put in water, and a little robot, because there are sensors popping out of them (they are electronic). There is a little trick in how they respond to their own web site when you put them up to the monitor (they read a bar code). I laughed when I heard it from someone who swears his was 'talking' to the web site, but I still bought a bunch ($14.00 at KBToys and others) for my neices and nephews, and extra for me of course!

Web site is www.testtubealiens.com, but it doesn't have a good photo of the product.

looks like I got beat (1)

The evil doctor Matt (847030) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766609)

Looks like I got beat to the punch... Wwwwwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!! I will be waiting outside the store like a fat kid in southpark...

Gosh... (1)

masnare (922658) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766625)

Whatever will we do? I guess we'll just have to -- I don't know -- spend time with our families or something...

How about we cut consumerising Christmas? (4, Insightful)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766631)

So there isn't any compelling must have Christmas gadget this year, well, that is readily available (I am talking to you PS3). Boo hoo. How about sitting around the Christmas dinner table with your family and friends and give thanks for your good health, good friends, a place to live, a job and a full stomach?

Since I became an adult I am far less worried about what gifts I receive at Christmas and far more thankful for the gifts I already have. Not all gifts come wrapped in pretty paper and bows.

Merry Christmas!

When I was a kid.. (1)

ke4roh (590577) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766637)

The gadgets of 1492 were pretty simple....

But more seriously, I had to settle for a plastic JAWS and a Tonka fire engine. What are they whining about?

Cnet editors are idiots... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766687)

What the hell are they talking about???

There are a crapload of cool gadgets coming out. Want an example??? sure...

Mediagate MG-35 or the MG-350HD is a extrnal hard drive that acts as a movie player/server that has wowed everyone I have shown it to. It will play DVD's as a normal dvd with menu and extras from iso files. I have a demo unit with about 40 movies on it that blows away everyone thta asees it on the small 42" plasma we demo with.

Granted it's not a gadget for the techie that has no skills at all but its really stinking cool.

How about the top of the line whole house audio from Crestron? The adagio is way cooler than all other whole home audio systems, far more extendable and all around cool.

Cnet simply did not look very far. I could spend 20 minutes on several sites and come up with lots of cool tech gadgets that would be high on someone want list this year. (HDDVD did they forget that? the Wii? duh?)

duke nukem forever (1)

cyfer2000 (548592) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766827)

Can I get a copy of duke nukem forever for this Christmas?

C|Net lied. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16766831)

I'm not sure what the commercial-advertising agenda is, exactly, nor how it might have impacted what certain hype-swallowing editors have been told believe are the best gadgets for Christmas. But I do know they seem to be overly looking more cool stuff than you can shake a stick at!

Who in their right mind could *possibly* hungry for Vista? There are new MacBook Pros with dualcore processors and a vastly superior operating system! I guess Santa won't be visiting Ballmer, if that's what C|Net meant. Certainly impacts ad sales.

Playstation 3? Not at that price, thank you very much. The Wii looks to be a quite a fun gaming platform with far more imaginative games. Keep in mind not everyone is frothing at the mouth with a life-defining need to get HD/Blueray on the first round. That's just what the companies want. And not everyone wants an all-in-one device that attempts to constrict you ("give you new entertainment opportunties") into their service offerings. I want a gaming machine. I want fun games. I don't want to have to outlay for HD big screens for each of the kids to have fun. Next!

Zune? Zune?! I mean, really. You lost all credibility by pretending there's any strong demand for that thing. And you plain lied when you say there are a million "iPod haters." There is no significant base of people who *hate* the iPod. A small minoritymight prefer another option, but that's a far cry from hating.

Basically, the list was highly conservative. Sticking with big names. Nothing new or innovative.

By the way, software and games aren't gadgets. And the inexperienced Chris Stevens isn't an authority.

If delays with PS3 or Vista makes you suicidal... (1)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 7 years ago | (#16766857)

"It's enough to make you slit your wrists with the shards of a smashed Christmas tree bauble."

Clearly Chris Stevens has far bigger problems than suffering production delays from Microsoft or Sony. Who really ASKS for Vista as a Christmas present? (or any kind of holiday present, actually) How bizarre. It's an insult to suicidal people everywhere.

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