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American McGee on PlayStation 4: 'Meh'

Alice designer says he enjoys how new platform is more developer-friendly, but overall thinks consoles will "struggle painfully" against mobile and online games.


Alice designer American McGee is not impressed by the PlayStation 4. Speaking to Forbes, the industry veteran said he's happy the new platform appears to be more developer-friendly, but overall has many reservations about new consoles in general.

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"I was hoping for innovation in control input. Didn't see anything meaningful, so 'meh,'" McGee said of the PS4. "It's nice that they're moving towards what looks like more developer-friendly hardware and indie friendly distribution. Remains to be seen if the appearance matches reality."

"Overall, I think this generation of consoles will struggle painfully against the momentum of mobile/online games we're seeing globally," he added.

McGee also addressed the launches of Diablo III and SimCity, both of which arrived with widespread server issues. He said that ultimately gamers just "need to relax."

"Do gamers or the media think EA or Blizzard wanted things to go so badly at launch? Do they think all the screaming and gnashing of teeth actually helped resolve those issues more quickly? There's got to be a balance to the relationship," he said.

"Just because you've given a restaurant your business doesn't entitle you to throwing molten cheese fries in your waiter's face if your margarita comes out frozen instead of on the rocks," he added. "People need to relax a little and stop turning everything into World War III--Gamers vs. The Man. There are no winners in that scenario."

McGee is currently gauging interest for Alice 3 after his Kickstarter campaign for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters was successful.

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