Poll: Was "Virtual Console" a dumb name? (85 votes)
Yeah, pretty dumb. 18%
It's not great but it works. 35%
No, it was cool. 45%
Jeff's mentioned many times over the years how dumb the term "Virtual Console" was and that always surprised me. I always thought it was a cool label for the emulated retro game catalog but am I alone on this?
It was a fine name. It communicated the idea that you had a virtual version of those consoles you could buy games for. It encouraged collecting and made it clear those games were for other, older machines (because you couldn't have a virtual 360 on a Wii.)
Compared to other Nintendo names (Wii U caused huge damage and probably cost millions of units in sales) Virtual Console is pretty perfect.
i think it's dumb insofar as it's a strange way to conceptualize software.
i mean i get it- if you're trying to express the idea to someone who doesn't broadly understand how hardware/software works, calling emulated software a 'virtual console' title kinda sorta communicates the idea. but if it were me i would have just gone with words like 'criterion' or 'classic' or 'legacy' or 'vault,' thereby putting the emphasis on the importance of the software vs. the physical device it came from.
I've heard a lot worse, at least it gives a reasonable sense of what it actually is, unlike the Xbox names... although at least I have absolutely zero clue what they'll call the next gen Xbox, so I have a surprise to look forward to I guess...
The name is whatever, my issue is people misunderstand what is really is. Then again Nintendo and terrible names for things are kind of par for course at this point. Just like Nintendo calling indie games on their platform Nindies. It's a cringy, terrible stupid name and anyone using it makes me want to kick in the face.