E3 2010 recently ended, and for those who have been keeping up with the updates, you'd notice that E3 was all about cashing in on new technologies. Sony and Microsoft announced the Playstation Move and Xbox 360 Kinect receptively; both are basically stabs at breaking into the profits of the motion-controlled sector of the video game industry, an area where Nintendo has indisputably dominated with its Wii. Meanwhile, Nintendo focused on the 3DS, a 3D version of its handheld DS.
Nowadays, it seems like the gaming industry is less focused on gaming and instead more focused on gaining a wide audience in order to reap the most profits. Innovations such as the Playstation Move, Xbox 360 Kinect, and 3DS are all great, but no serious gamer is going to be overly enthusiastic about 3D gameplay on a handheld or motion-controls that force him to wave his arms around like an idiot. (Which is also why serious gamers and serious game developers have preferred the Xbox 360 and PS3 platform over the kiddie-like motion-controls of the Wii.)
Do you think that the direction the gaming industry is taking is alienating serious gamers in an attempt to appeal to a larger audience or do you think that these new innovations are going to be accepted as a gaming standard in the future?
Yes, except the controller less controls. But I like the 3D
answered Jun 24 '10 at 20:19
No. I do not like the motion sensing trend pattern at all...
First up was the Wii with its "nunchucks"... One stick is ok but when you add the secondary control to it, it looses all form of user-friendliness. The way i see it is that they do not take into consideration that there are a minor group of people (like me) that are missing parts of or the whole hand. In my case, i lost all my fingers and half of my thumb on my left hand before birth in some bizarre way.
I have played a vast number of console, handheld and PC games with minor to no problems at all. i own a PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3, PC, SEGA Master System, NES, N64, iPhone, Xbox and i did have a Gamecube for a while too.
The N64 controller was a bit of a pain but i did manage it, the others is pretty much no problems at all, minor snags here and there though...
The Wii's "joystick" controller is so rounded that i cannot even grip it. Even if i could grip it, i would not be able to use its controller. Now that Sony is coming out with their thing, i atleast hope that it will be easy to use but most likely not...
answered Jun 24 '10 at 22:35
It's been the same complaint over and over again since they moved video games out of the arcade and into home consoles. I remember getting worked up about how dumbed-down games were when I was 10. You know what? I'm swiftly approaching 30 and I don't have time to repeat the same level 20 times anymore, let alone start the game over because "saves" haven't been invented yet. I'm glad of "dumbed down mass market games" - they gave me some modern favorites like Mass Effect, my collection of Wii minigames that I can play with my 2-year-old, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Burnout Paradise. It's all good. I'm excited to see new interface innovations - if they suck, they'll fail (here's looking at you, Nintendo VirtualBoy), but if they're awesome, they may change the way we interact with our "dumbed down" games. : ) (Besides, they have this feature where you can change the difficulty level if you want these days - ME2 in insane mode was plenty challenging enough for me).
answered Jun 25 '10 at 10:51