Toxic's The Dissenter #2: Quotiing
following segment, we will go over a few disheartening quotes from a
few successful developers about the Wii and the innovations it brings
to the gaming community. Even if they discourage you, they are full
of truth and should be given your full attention and consideration.
Caution, young traveler...
The Developer: Peter Molyneux
The Quote:"I am an incredibly lazy person when I play games…
when I have to get up, it’s painful."..."I realized, when I looked at
myself in the mirror, I actually looked really stupid...and even with
nothing in my hand, I get tired very, very quickly."
What he means: Using the Wii-mote for extended periods of time
is just too tiring. Even though the innovations present are
ingenious, they don't always work for everybody.
Why he's right: Peter is a 46 year old man in pristine
physical shape with no signs of asthma or any other respiratory
disease. However, even he feels that use of the Wii-mote is very
tiring. This becomes very interesting when you consider that Molyneux
is actually younger than a lot of the Wii's supposed core patrons.
Besides, do you really think you could last a couple of hours using
Twilight Princess's updated controls?
The Developer: Mark Rein
The Quote: "Don't kid yourself. You're going to see more
gimmicky, crappy, cheap, 'I wish I hadn't bought it' gimmick games
based around that controller than you can ever possibly imagine. I
guarantee you there's going to be lots of people who say the WHOLE
reason for this game is this controller; we made the perfect game for
the controller. And all it'll be is about the controller and not
necessarily a great game."
What he means: During the course of the Wii generation,
players will come across and experience games that feature no depth
for the specific player to undergo. Rein is stating that many
developers will ignore depth altogether and focus on the controller
as its main source of inspiration. This route of invention is looked
down upon when compared to truly thinking of a great idea and then
deciding how Wii controls could dramatically affect it.
Why he's right: The Nintendo DS is a prime example of why his
statement is true. Attributing a similar array of innovations, the
Nintendo DS featured many fantastic titles such as...
Feel the Magic: XY/XX! - Three hours of stylus-driven minigames!
Ping Pals! - Pictochat...for $30! Hooray!
Pokémon Dash! - Time to take Pikachu to the underground dog races!
Just to set the record straight, Rein never mentioned that there
wouldn't be a lot of great games for the Wii, there are just going to
be a lot of gimmicky ones as well.
The Developer: Keita Takahashi
The Quote: “I’m not really interested in it. I don’t think a
controller should have that much influence on the enjoyment of games.
I see what [Nintendo is] trying to do, but they’re putting such
emphasis on the controller; ‘Whoa, this controller lets you do this!’
and I’m thinking - are you messing with us? So, there’s nothing I
really want to do with it right now.”
What he means: Just because we have a new controller, doesn't
mean we can't have fun with a regular gamepad.
Why he's right: Ok, this is pretty simple. To help prove
Keita's point, I want you to look at your video game collection and
note all the ones that are fun. Ok, now take all of those games and
note all of the ones that don't require a special controller. If you
end up with zero as your final number of games, you should be able to
see where I'm going.
Politely agree or furiously debate here