Jeff Rivera is a representative of 1080up.org. They are an organization dedicated to ensuring the Revolution will support High-definition televisions. In an interview, Perrin Kaplan, a representative from Nintendo, stated the console will not include the support. That sent video game message boards into a frenzy with countless debates on both sides, but Jeff is here to clear things up.
Please explain who you are and what you do.
My name is Jeff Rivera and I am in charge of the 1080up.org project. Basically we are a movement created by gamers that is dedicated to creating a platform where Nintendo fans can express their opinions regarding Nintendo's decision to nix HD support from the Revolution. We also ensure that Nintendo is hearing the voices of each member that joins the movement.
Why do you feel HD support is important in the Revolution?
I feel that Nintendo has been the great innovator in the gaming industry for many years; and they do have a solid history of competing on a technological level as well. I don't see any reason why they should abandon one or the other. Many gamers out there bought their first HDTV because of gaming this generation supported by the Xbox and PlayStation 2 and many more will make that decision during the next generation as HDTV prices are continually falling. Should the Revolution not support HD resolutions, the Revolution is going to be behind the technological curve by years when compared to the competition. I want to be able to enjoy Nintendo's library in high-definition. Shouldn't we all? Right now Nintendo isn't leaving it to the developers to decide whether or not to implement these HD resolutions; it should be their choice. I don't think it's wise for Sony or Microsoft to be forcing the HD on developers either, it should remain optional, just like it has been for this generation.
How do you respond to those people that believe it's not necessary, or state that only a small number of homes actually contain the necessary equipment?
I really don't have to do much besides point out that prices on HDTV sets are dropping quickly. You can go to a Wal-Mart and pick up an HDTV for less than $500 now. Admittedly it's not the best set out there, but even the big name brands like Sony, Sharp, Samsung, Panasonic, and Mitsubishi are dropping their prices. Gamers on message boards are constantly showing pictures of their new HD sets as the prices have really come down the past year or two. I would expect with all NTSC broadcasts going to 100% digital programming that the prices will drop even further as analog sets will be made completely obsolete.