By DrRandle 40 Comments
It's (Probably) Your FaultI apologize ahead of time, this is me venting. Please do not take it personally, but feel free to engage in reasonable conversation.
The Wii, and I've said this time and time again, is a perfectly viable hardcore system. Saying otherwise is stupid, and clearly only dependent on the "logic" presented by brand loyalty to the other consoles created over the past couple of generations. So the system isn't the most powerful, and has a flimsy internet infrastructure. That doesn't matter.
In case you don't know why I'm frothing about this, may I point you out here to an article about MadWorld only selling roughly 66,000 copies. People keep saying it's beceause the Wii isn't a "Core enough system" or that it's only for kiddies or stupid shit like that. Idiot's like Yahtzee and the rest of the non-core gamers who believe it's all about the tech-specs. That's like saying a great movie is all about the special-effects budget: it's not, and if you think so, you are clearly part of the problem.
The fact of the matter is that GTA didn't sell well on the DS, either. Are we going to now argue that the DS isn't a core system? because that is outright bloody lunacy to argue. If you think the Wii is not a core system, you are wrong, and in my eyes, you are not a core gamer. Because if you were, you would try and expose yourself to as many great games as possible, but instead you just play your casual CoD and Halo 3 and Gears, and that's it. Accessible games about shooting people = Casual games. Animal Crossing = Hardcore. Facts.
I am upset to see these sales figures for MadWorld but I'm not surprised given the general view of idiots. Between this and The Conduit, I'm afraid that it might be over for the Wii's hardcore base which is just sad because there is so much amazing potential to be had on the system not yet recognized by the "hardcore" contingency as a whole. I admit the system's not perfect and a lot of games fail to take advantage of it, and I think that's because it's new, and because developers fail to recognize the kind of system they are developing for.
So in short, if the Wii fails as a hardcore gaming system, it's clearly your fault (unless you support the system, as you should support all the systems (except the cd-i)). And as such, I have little respect for people who are willing to let great things go. Pardon me if it sounds rude, but this is my favorite hobby and I don't like watching it deteriorate and circle around the drain because people are stupid.
I'd love to see your argument if the Wii never caught on to the mass crowd and this whole "casual" argument never happened.
-You've failed to make it a good one, so far. Thanks.
Randy "Dr. Randle" Marr