December 31, 2007

Wii & DS

I have to say, I’m happy to see Nintendo getting some success with the DS and the Wii. I’m happy because it is nice to see a company trying to be innovative about how to make games more fun, something I think that Sony and Microsoft don’t really have a handle on.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to look at those high-end graphics, but I remember the days when graphics meant actually seeing the pixels, and I remember the excitement of a really good game. I don’t remember ever thinking “if only the graphics were better” about any of my favorite games.

The only thing I’ve ever lamented was speed: speed in loading a game, choppiness in the video processing, etc. And a lot of that is a result of trying to increase the flashiness of a game. Pushing those boundaries has rarely had anything to do with increasing gameplay.

To each his own. I’m sure 1337 gamerz get a chuckle when they hear that retirees and kids love both the Wii and the DS. But young kids haven’t yet been jaded (or goaded via peer pressure) by the industry-encouraged race for better graphics (better is always easier than good; improvement easier than innovation). And retirees just don’t give a crap.

Posted by James at December 31, 2007 4:31 PM
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