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Could motion control cause a game market "crash"?

GamesRadar: Many of us aren’t old enough to remember the Great Videogame Crash of ’83. It was a horrible time for gamers, but the innovative and complex (for its time) NES ended up saving the games industry. Yet it could be Nintendo’s penchant for innovation that sparks a plummet back down that filthy, shovelware-encrusted hole we crawled out of in 1985. I’m not just pointing the finger at Nintendo on this one, but rather at the “me-too” attitude the whole industry has been parading around like a toddler’s proud pile of steaming excrement. I’m talking about motion control, and how it’s reshaping the industry as we know it.

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Cajun Chicken2661d ago

This is a great article and says everything I'm worried about motion controlled casual 'games' taking over. Well worth a read, makes you hope that both Natal AND Move fail miserably, for the good of gaming.

Megaton2661d ago

That's what I'm hoping for. If I wanted Natal or Natal-like games, I would have bought one of Sony's cams years ago. If I wanted to waggle the night away, I'd own a Wii.

Leave me and my controller alone.

Cajun Chicken2661d ago

Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of a good motion control contextual game, NMH for Wii is a great experience and an argument FOR motion control.
But, those type of games are never really going to be made because it's more complicated than a game catching balls in a net.
These 'games' and demos we've seen thus far are not for the people who actually follow gaming. They pretend to be technology tests and then the developers take nothing further, expecting someone else to do the hard bit and implement them properly.

These 'games' are like 'picture books' to novels, sure, it's a book, but a very uncomplicated, dumbed down book for a lesser audience than the majority of novels. If all of a sudden modern authors suddenly stopped making novels to make picture books and everyone started reading them, things would simply go backwards and something would get lost, sure it would be EASIER to make the picture books and the authors would get MORE PROFIT, but at some point, everyone's going to realise everything's gone far too backwards for the industry.

I really can't understand why the industry and even old industry heads are insistent on dumbing down gaming for the lowest denominator, except money.
I'm not saying people are stupid, because that isn't the case, it's the small thrills that people have ONLY just realised they can be in control of something moving on the box that usually has little people inside of it. Because quite simply, to only acknowledge the medium of videogames now, obviously makes these people technophobes...

Mahr2660d ago (Edited 2660d ago )

Uh, unless another 17 game consoles suddenly come out and are also motion-controlled, and the internet suddenly implodes, no.

"That uninformed new audience – coupled with Nintendo’s complete lack of third-party quality control – has turned the Wii library into a bubbling soup of one-note casual crap."

Here's the thing, though. These people aren't uninformed; they actually like Just Dance. No one liked ET.

"If enough of them come and go, the industry will expand, and then contract. Painfully"

People have been making this argument about handheld systems for years. 'Look at that system, so small. You play games with it for five minutes while you're waiting at a bus stop or bored at work? Those things will never last.' Two decades later and the top system in gaming is the DS.

"Remember the old Nintendo Seal of Quality, and how that meant something once?"

Yes, it meant "If you put this game in a Nintendo console, it will turn on and work".

You know, because during the crash, there were dozens of different systems and no one knew which game was compatible with what and the games themselves were so poorly programmed that even in the right system there was no guarantee that they would work. The Seal of Quality failed to keep Superman 64 off the market. You want to bring that back?

"All of these trends lead back the argument I’m making: that history may indeed be doomed to repeat itself."

This would be slightly more concerning if the article had even a basic grasp of history.