Originally Posted by schticker
What we're seeing here are BR kids that just figured out that there's a hot debate here, and they have to defend their decision, which is already tempered by teen-angst low self esteem.
You're making an incorrect assumption. I don't have decisions to defend. I have a PS3. I bought it Blu-Ray playback. I don't have a horse in this race. PS3s will be around for years, regardless of the outcome of the format war. I don't have to hope in the success of Blu-Ray to ensure that I'll have hardware I can buy in 5 years that will play my Blu-Ray collection. I'm fine with HD DVD winning, as I said before, I'll have hardware I can buy for years to come. I'll have a number of hd movies that I won't have to re-purchase should HD DVD win.
I'm planning on buying a HD DVD player soon, hopefully the Xbox 360 add-on
(if my wife allows the purchase of another gaming system). The only things that I'm still hesitant about are the lack of studio support for HD DVD, and the rabid, misinformed, name calling fans. If you want to bash 'kids', you might want to take a look at the HD DVD 'kids'. I'm impressed with where HD DVD hardware is NOW, and the price point. If I buy a collection of HD DVDs, I do risk not having new hardware in 5 years to buy should my player break. If the Xbox had an embedded HD DVD drive (and HDMI), I would have purchased it already.
I'm more a fan of technology. That said, I'd say i'm pulling for Blu-Ray to win. I'd rather have 200GB discs for my data needs than a 51 GB disc. I'd rather have a format that gives studios a little more wiggle room with their movie transfers. I'd like the studios to have a choice of codecs, not just the one that looks good enough at a low bitrate.