First on the more fun things, after a week of Shogun 2, I finally moved on to Crysis 2. Only to find that there’s a bug with ATI Crossfire, this actually brings me to a point when software companies choose to be sponsored by one brand over another. In this case, this was NVIDIA over ATI. From a marketing and funding prospective this all sounds great, but at what cost to the end user who ends up not having a compatible card simply because their manufacturer wasn’t the one to foot the marketing bill. In my opinion, this is one of the major advantages of consoles, no worry about MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte or ATI, NVIDIA, etc. You just put the software in and you expect it to perform. I understand the idea of having competition but it should not come at the cost of end user experience. I’ve only played 30 minutes, I’ll see if i can give a quick review next week.
Glad to finally launch a product we’ve been working on for awhile. I want to thank all the guys in the focus group for helping with the QA process and the fine tuning down to the last details, I know there’s still a lot of discussion about whether or not H2 is a good product but I think nature will take it’s course. I’m really excited about the H2 because it’s one of first of many:
1. Finally a “Classic” design that a lot of fans and users have been asking from NZXT. We purposely spent more time on the H2 to make it different from other cases on the market, users who look at the details will notice everything that’s gone into it.
2. The first product to go through the focus group. ( Go James, Dave, Craig and Jamie! )
3. The first product our new product designer worked on. ( Go Shin! )
4. Since June of last year, I finally decided to stop doing everything myself and hire a team of innovative, creative and young guys/gals who all love NZXT the same way I do, I love you all! :) I promise one day we’ll have an awesome office of our own! With our own room for League of legends!
So far there’s been the very good, good, average, and very bad reviews so I’m seeing a lot of debates in the forums. I’ve had the urge to write and vent but I didn’t want to do that under emotional pressure, that’s why I choose to use my blog to express myself. Monday was really a downer at the office, after seeing a youtube review of the H2, all the hype, expectations, and hope that we had put on H2 was shattered. I have to say, I was only able to watch it once, perhaps I’ll keep it in my favorites folder to watch when I need to show up to a meeting with a mean face :D It’s hard to describe the feeling watching it, it’s like if someone asked your child to go up in the middle of the classroom and have all the kids, teacher ridicule him. Well, after many sleepless nights i managed 8 hours of sleep yesterday, I’ve finally gotten over it. Like I said, we made a point to design a lot of neat features in the H2, and I still believe that users who buy it won’t be disappointed.
We will be making some slight changes to the way to powder coat our plastic/steel, it seems the rugged/rough finish are giving people the impression that it’s “cheap”.
Keep up the good work everyone, believe in everything that you do and don’t let the negative comments keep you down. As long as we stick together and try our best we’ll get there one day :)