I have to say, I was worried. "Worried about what?" I was worried about the sudden influx of "new ways" to play games, namely Wii/PS Move and Kinnect. I can't remember what comedian said it, but there was a line I was fond of that went something like "I don't play computer games to get a stitch."
I always got the concept of making games more accessible to people who wouldn't normally play them. I also got the idea that it allowed people to do things they might not be able to do for real (eg the Wii ad with the pensioners playing tennis). But I had a real concern that these new peripherals were a) the start of phasing out traditional gaming and b) stopping people doing things they could easily do for real (I'm primarily pointing the finger at football games on Kinnect. Xbox + Kinnect + game = several hundred pounds. A football costs roughly a fiver and you play it better, for real, and get some exercise, use your head).
Personally, I find gaming in it's traditional form one of the most engaging things a person can do. And I don't need to be flailing around for that to happen. In fact, I find moving is often a distraction, as you stop concentrating at anytime you can rest. I also am not a major multiplayer fan, I prefer games as a solo pursuit, me time, but that is a discussion for another day. But today my fears were alleviated, and I can rest tonight knowing that for the foreseeable future, the gaming I like is safe.
I have a lovefilm.co.uk account. I cannot recommend this highly enough for gamers. Why pay £40 a game when you can pay £10 a month and rent as much as you like for as long as you like. Now I am an Xbox360 gamer, and have over 30 titles queued to rent. However, recently, my family purchased a Nintendo Wii. I do like some of the games on the wii, namely some of the Resident Evil titles, so went to add them to my list. I also then went to do what I did when I first signed up with my Xbox titles and scanned through their library just adding games I wanted to play to the list. And doing this today is when it struck me...
How many games are worth playing on Wii? There's the Mario titles, that always offer quality. Donkey Kong Country Returns, which is kind of a mario title. The Resident Evil games, a few shooters (Goldeneye primarily), maybe Metroid? And all the games I have mentioned I don't see wouldn't have happened without the Wii controls. Some, in fact, are updated version of older great games that have just been improved with the addition of using the Wii remote to target.
And then I think further. I haven't seen any game for Kinnect that I believe is worth playing, never mind forking out £100 or so to get the kit and the game.
Basically, I'm saying that these are just new toys, and I think the novelty is quickly wearing off. To actual gamers, and not to people who just want to fart around or lose weight, I see the appeal being very limited. I can't speak for PS Move really though I suspect that it's much the same. I do like what they have done with the controller and Killzone 3, but this is no different to what they did with the Wii Blaster.
Until someone does something well with these controls, consistently, I honestly can't see me ever paying for a Wii or Kinnect.
Am I the only one who feels this way about this? Am I the only one who thinks that this may be a flash in the pan thing?
PS: Another thing that is irritating me, particularly with Wii. Why do they feel the need to make some actions motion controls, regardless of whether it is suitable to do so? It's like they just do it because they can. I remember playing Sonic And The Secret Rings and thinking "this is a good game, but why do I have to flap around like an idiot just to make Sonic jump? Why can't I just press a button? It's making it unnecessarily hard to time things." Has anyone else had an experience like this?