Monday, October 1, 2012

Central City Census - October 2012

The month of September is over, bringing with it the monumental collapse of the U.S. Ryder Cup team and the end of summer in North America. Oh, and I guess the closing of September's Central City Census is important, too, for the purpose of this story. Let's see what the results of 111 votes look like.

This generation alone, how many consoles have broken or died on you?

Four or more. It's unbelievable.
  5 (4%)
Three. A concerning amount.
  12 (10%)
Two. It's very vexing.
  15 (13%)
Just one, thankfully.
  36 (32%)
None at all. I'm fortunate.
  43 (38%)

Votes so far: 111

Ah, census results where the votes go from low to high, an ascending order! It doesn't take much to excite me, does it? Anyway, September 2012's Central City Census talked about a subject that I know all too well, consoles breaking, dying, and becoming fantastic (and expensive) paperweights and doorstops. My Wii just didn't turn on completely -- the first time a Nintendo platform has ever stopped functioning on me. My Xbox 360 died just a month or so out of warranty, and I certainly wasn't going to pay for repairs (and hope the repaired unit worked) or pay for a new one and reward Microsoft for making the shoddiest console in history. Oh, well. "Y'know, things break," after all. 38% of you are quite lucky. But over half of you have had a dead or broken console. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have a reliable console than one that pushes one million polygons per character but overheats easily. How about both, hardware manufacturers? With my miniature rant out of the way, let's scope out what October's census asks.

This next generation is going to begin on November 18th, 2012 when the Wii U arrives onto North American shores. It comes in two varieties: a Basic/White and a Deluxe/Black package. After September's Wii U preview event, we saw a lot of new information that was once shrouded in secrecy, such as the launch lineup and pricing, but we still don't know everything. That said, October's Central City Census asks if you are going to purchase a Wii U. Poll closes after Halloween.

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