on Feb 27, 2009
I own a Wii. (I mean I have one of my own. There is another Wii in the living room, used by the rest of the family.) I never play games on it. I basically use it as an exercise machine with the “help” of WiiFit. But I am glad the machine exists. Even though the platform doesn’t really feature games that suit my taste*, I think the Wii will have a larger and more lasting impact on videogames than either of the other two consoles, and I think those changes will be for the better. And so I feel compelled to take the critics of the machine to task.
Now, I expect most of the Wii critics are simply Xbox / PS fans who don’t like that their chosen platform isn’t justifying their purchase by way of sales numbers, and so I’m probably selling garlic to vampires with this one. Still, I think it needed to be said. I’m content to do all my gaming on the #2 and #3 platforms knowing that the seeds currently being sown on the Wii will probably pay off in the next generation.
*Madworld looks pretty exciting, though. I’ll probably be grabbing that one.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.