People have some strange compulsions. Counting steps, hair-twirling, sacrificing kittens to the full moon god -- we all have quirks, you know?
Mine is keeping my electronic devices clean. I thought about electrifying my monitor to deliver a mild jolt to coworkers who feel the need to touch it when showing me something. So the new glossy electronics trend has been less than ideal.
And then Nintendo DS had to go and screw things up. Previously, people using portable touchscreen devices were PDA-brandishing, stylus-wielding professionals. Fair enough. But now, Nintendo started encouraging people to touch the screen
with their greasy McDonald's wifi-using fingers. And then they had to go and make an assload of money doing it, with an all-ages portable entertainment device. Sure, there's a stylus. But unlike with PDAs, you could often go all thumbs and still be effective.
Now this insidious touchscreen control blasphemy has spilled over to portable media players from Apple, Samsung, Cowon, and others. I can't help but assign the DS some blame. Not only can my shiny devices be covered in fingerprints, I can enjoy the great viewing experience of looking through a blurry head-stained subway car window. Either that, or carry a polishing cloth around, ready to deploy it like the OCD lovechild of Felix Ungar
This I say, future interactive entertainment manufacturers: Keep your degenerate, filthy fingers off my screen.