By NickBOTT 1 Comments
I've been a gamer all my life and if you told 5 year old, Nintendo loving NickBOTT that when you're older Nintendo will be your least favorite system I'd think you were crazy. But as it turns out, when it comes to my XBOX 360, PS3 and my Wii, the Wii is the one that is least used. I loved it when it first came out but slowly I saw its playtime decrease and decrease to the point that I don't even have the damned thing plugged into an outlet anymore. A part of me thinks that this is due to the fact that the way people play games together has changed. The days of gathering all your friends together in the basement of your parents house and pulling out a piece of cardboard to tape to the tv so that you can play shooters without being able to see everybody's screen has died. Today you and your friends can all play together from the comfort of your own home and still maintain that feeling of socializing. The 360 has nailed online gaming to a T. With party chat rooms, gamertags, friend lists, alerts letting you know when friends have signed on or who are playing the same game as you, etc; the 360 gives you the feeling of your friends being in the room with you while playing online. On the opposite side of this spectrum comes the WIi. It is as if they refuse to see that online gaming is the present and the future of social gaming with their lack-luster online capabilities. Wanna play with friends? Sure just send them your friend code, which is different for each game, then get their friend code and you can finally play together. Ok cool so can we talk to each other? Umm no but depending on the game there may be quick corny texts like "good job" or "hello." I've actually done some cross-platforming to make my online experience better for the Wii where me and some friends were playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl while being in a party chat on the 360 so we could talk to each other. This was so much better than just sitting there and not being able to communicate at all with my friends. I don't know maybe its just me but as I said before the days of gathering your friends together around a tv to play video games is either dead or on its way out. Both the 360 and PS3 seem to have a grip on this, but the WIi just won't get with the program. As an old school Nintendo fan this saddens me because I've been a Nintendo guy my whole life, but I'm finding myself wishing that Nintendo would become like Sega and just make video games so we could see games like Mario Party, Mario Kart, and Smash Bros come to the 360 where they get online gaming right. Hopefully it won't come to this, but Nintendo really needs to wake up and open up the doors to better online gaming.