A look into the Entertainment, Inc. board makes me sad.
by, 14th May 2009 at 06:34 PM (220 Views)
For three reasons.
1. Not enough love for sports.
2. Not enough love for anything not Nintendo (no Gamertag/PSN ID topics).
3. Not enough love for non-comic and non-franchise related movies.
I mean, come on! Even I like sports from time to time, but they're hardly ever mentioned on that board! And what's with all the Nintendo love? Yes, I know, it's kind of ridiculous to be surprised at it on a board based around a Nintendo franchise, but I mean come on! The Wii has its good games, sure, but it doesn't have the huge third-party support that the other consoles have.
In fact, when you look at it, it's downright scary how much of Nintendo's success has been attributed to first and second party support. Ever since the SNES era, its best-selling games have almost entirely consisted of games that either they made or one of their second-party publishers made. By the way, what's up with games like Wii Sports, Wii Fit, and Nintendogs? Is it too much to ask to go to the gym, or to actually do the sport? Do the Japanese prefer to eat dogs in real life rather than raise them? Any respectable pet owner - nay, human being - would know it's better to have a living, breathing companion rather than a simulated one. Or have people really lost that much social confidence?
If I didn't know any better, I'd say Nintendo is trying to take over the world by pushing forth their simulation franchises, getting everyone hooked on them rather than the real things (that wasn't a joke, by the way. I really am on the verge of believing that).
Plus said games aren't even all that fun! Like in Wii Sports; all you do there is play sports. But with something like The Sims, you can have a wide variety of free reign. Some people I know have made murderer characters; one uch guy was a charming, talent person in real life, and seduced women...but he took them down to his basement, locked them up inside prisons, and left them there. And every day at around the same time, he'd play the piano for them, make sure they stayed alive, and left for the rest of the day. You can also do crazy things with the console, like deleting the grim reaper when he comes to take away a dead Sim (leaving the corpse there indefinitely), or forcing two trapped people to do the nasty. Even something like World of Warcraft offers more variety than Nintendo's simulators! I guess some people will just eat out of that hand, though. This may be a step towards virtual reality, but I'd still prefer reality any day of the week.
My main point was the lack of third party support, though. You see a lot of games now coming out for 360 and PS3, but not the Wii. Good games. And then you get Wii versions that suck the shit *COUGHDEADRISINGCOUGH*
By the way, just because they're marketing games for the family doesn't mean the whole family will give two shits about them. Take old American cartoons, for example. They were presented as kids shows, but they had a humor style that made them enjoyable to adults too (and subsequently making them even more enjoyable for the kids later on in life). They're still around today, the most recent being Spongebob Squarepants. But shows that are marketed as actually being family friendly tend to bomb. It's the same way with video games. Tetris charmed the young and the old alike by just being Tetris, and other games (from Duck Hunt to Super Mario World; my family even personally had a thing for Bubsy 1 back in the day) did it too, but these new games are trying too hard. I guess it works in Japan at least, though, given the sales. :P
I'm not saying anything bad about Nintendo or it's games (...okay, not everything is bad). It's just something I noticed. That was brought on by noticing something else. Damn, I go off into sometimes ridiculous tangents in these kinds of things easily. @_@
I'd continue on into complaining about why people don't like sports here, but I've wasted enough time on this entry as it is. Maybe next time, though!
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