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Has Nintendo changed the definition of 'gamer'?

Cnet: As the months have worn on and more Wiis enter homes around the world, I'm left wondering if I'm an "old school" gamer that has been left behind. Sure, I own the Wii and I've played all the games listed here, but if we are to believe that sales figures can adequately determine the preferences of gamers, I don't think it's out of the question to say that I'm no longer the typical gamer. And it's Nintendo's fault.

There was a time when I was the typical gamer. I played all the major franchises like Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy and loved to play the obscure titles like Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete. More often than not, I was enjoying the games that topped the charts each month and all the consoles that sold best were usually the systems I was playing most often.

Then something strange happened: for the first time in years, Nintendo reclaimed the top spot in the video game industry. Maybe we can chalk the Wii's success up to its features or maybe even its price.

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Zeus Lee3565d ago

No,what they've done is transformed traditional gaming into an everyday interactive activity.

Pennywise3565d ago

But the "gaming" that they are doing isnt anything a traditional gamer wants to play.

They have watered down games to 2 buttons and arm flailing.

JokesOnYou3565d ago (Edited 3565d ago )

Now with that said I do understand the point that the author is trying to make. Obviously the traditional meaning of what a gamer is has changed because of Nintendo. It's pretty damm amazing what Ninty has accomplished, I've said it before the vast majority of wii owners are not your traditional gamers, they have always had interest in games but its no more than a simple desire to play something, simple, easy & fun....the same people who think videogames are just a kids toy...they wouldn't be caught taking this hobby seriously...the wii belongs to their kid for them it's just a little diversion from important things, the same folks who play word gaames, puzzles and minesweeper on their computer during lunch....Nintendo hit the jackpot, it appeals to that coveted mass market most companies would kill for....My Grandma, your Aunt, the neighbors kid, the gamer who buys all gaming consoles....unfortunately for the "hardcore" gamer like me....its the least appealing. That said you have to give credit where credit is due....and Nintendo has clearly found their "market".....and what's worst news for micro and sony is that most of these folks have no interest whatso ever in either ps3 or 360, ironicly both sony and micro will still be successful based on the spending power of the much smaller but consistent gaming habits/interest of the traditional gaming community.

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Voiceofreason3565d ago

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But the "gaming" that they are doing isnt anything a traditional gamer wants to play.

They have watered down games to 2 buttons and arm flailing. "

Gotta love the ignorance of that statement.. An industry that started with 1 stick and no buttons being taken all the way down to a controller with 2 buttons for a handful of games....Oh well keep on spewing it like you have a valid point.

Xander-RKoS3565d ago

The only thing "old-fashioned" about this writer is his lack to see really anything beyond what the internet tells him.

"But as the months have worn on and more Wiis enter homes around the world, I'm left wondering if I'm an "old school" gamer who has been left behind. Sure, I own the Wii and I've played all the games listed here, but if we are to believe that sales figures can adequately determine the preferences of gamers, I don't think it's out of the question to say that I'm no longer the typical gamer. And it's Nintendo's fault."

This statement is a load of bull. And "old school" gamer who has been left behind? If you want to consider the 3-D GTA's or Halo series "old school" then those of us who have been playing since the SNES and Genesis days must be "ancient".

"I'm not happy about it. Based on my testing, the only fun Wii games come from Nintendo. Third parties simply haven't been able to develop titles that can match the first-party games."

No More Heroes, Boom Blox, Deadly Creatures, House of the Dead: Overkill...has he seen anything about Madworld and The Conduit? Heck, Marumasa looks completely old-school with a next gen kinda feel.

"Worse, I don't really enjoy the Wii's control style and more often than not, I find myself frustrated, wishing I could enjoy the game the "old-fashioned way.""

Maybe this is problem. Most of the best games on the Wii can only be played with Wii style controls. But still, if he can't adapt to a different control scheme, then he really is in no position to judge a Wii game is he, since any frustrations he has with a game can be traced back to something that most other gamers have well adapted to.

"I know I'm in the minority. I realize that as I keep plugging away in GTA IV or Halo 3, more people will be finding reasons to buy a Wii and games that are developed by Nintendo. I think NPD sales numbers have proven that.

Maybe I'm just another victim of age, or perhaps I'm unwilling to change. Whatever the reason, I'm just not convinced the average person who is playing games is like me anymore. Today's new gamer doesn't want to waste their time playing through an epic adventure; they want to jump on a plastic board that's connected to the Wii."

The minority? I wonder when he realized that? Was it when reports came out that flash games were more popular than retail games about 6 or 7 years ago? Hardcore games have always been the minority.

I kinda liked the bit about the average gamer not wanting to go on an epic adventure, like what? Super Mario galaxy wasn't epic? No More Heroes? The Legend of Zelda? What about the pretty epic line up for 09? Here is some news buddy, the "average" gamer cannot be so boiled down to "wanting an adventure". We all have our different favorites or are you saying that people who are competetive fighting game players not hardcore? How about any game that is primarily multi-player? That not traditional?

You wanna know my spin on the "average gamer"? The average gamer is someone who is looking to have fun. If you think playing Shaun White Road Trip with the balance board is fun (and it is) does that makes you and more or less a gamer than someone who plays Halo? Do we have a checklist of qualifications that makes someone gamer? I don't think so.

So to make a long story short, no, Nintendo has not changed the definition of what it means to be a gamer and this author's vision is so blurred by his own sense of self-importance and his status of "true gamer" that anything that deviates from his small circle of familiarity is seen as threatening. Instead, Nintendo has made becoming a gamer more accessible so that more people can share that we have.

gumgum993564d ago

"So to make a long story short, no, Nintendo has not changed the definition of what it means to be a gamer and this author's vision is so blurred by his own sense of self-importance and his status of "true gamer" that anything that deviates from his small circle of familiarity is seen as threatening. Instead, Nintendo has made becoming a gamer more accessible so that more people can share that we have."

My point exactly.

Anyone who thinks Nintendo's Wii is "threatening" the average gamer is obviously insecure for no reason at all.

Th3 Chr0nic3565d ago

apple and nintendo should form a partnership and then they can sell their fad yuppie electronics to all the iDiots they wish.

TheMART3565d ago (Edited 3564d ago )

No, they just got in the non gamer... As their current software also cannot be described as games, but generic entertaiment without a clear goal. But hey, it sells so they will forget about real gamers. Too bad for us, good for Nintendo.

To see what they've done watch this:

http://www.rtl.nl/component...

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YOu can click disagree all you want, but they've followed the 'Blue Ocean Strategy' and they got non gamers in buying the Wii.

Gr813565d ago

Excellent, excellent post. I agree 100%.

I feel the only thing that has changed is the gaming media's attempt at grasping their own denial. The gaming media has a problem, they are begining to be left behind by the general public. So what happens is their pride and idea of being superior to the average gamer causes them to lash out at whatever they can scapegoat. So far it has been the Wii. Everyone of his "points" are the same buzzwords and catchprases we've been hearing for 2 yrs now. it no longer holds weight.

Third parties don't sell on Wii? Are you sure about that? As someone who seems to consider themself a gamer, a statement like that shows me nothing but a lack of knowledge and research done on his part. But what do I know, I'm just a Wii gamer.

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