Spore Developer Chris Hecker Apologizes For Calling the Wii a "Piece of Shit"

Remember Maxis developer Chris Hecker calling the Wii a "piece of shit"? He has an apology for you.

"I don't know who has read the internet, yesterday. In a [unintelligible] panel I said a bunch of things. I was trying to be thought provoking and entertaining and fun and a lot of the stuff went too far over the top-on the entertaining and fun side, so that it was no longer thought provoking, just inflammatory. And in the process I hurt a bunch of people I care about. And so, I want to apologize now.

When I'm on stage, I'm me. I'm talking talk from me. From me. I'm not representing EA or Maxis.

I want to make two things perfectly clear.

I do not think the Wii is a piece of shit. Nintendo needs to be applauded for trying to interface on the controller front, the user interface front, on making games accessible, on making a console that you don't need to mortgage your house to afford.

Secondly, it's totally obvious-and I'm sorry that I implied otherwise-that everyone at Nintendo is passionate at making great games. Some of the games give me hope that we will be seen as an art form on par with movies and books"

Chagy6040d ago

so that dont mean anything the Wii is still crap 2 me

Marty83706040d ago

And I'm another thats passing on the underpowered Wii. I much perfer the PS3 which I will be getting on the 23rd March.

mellowspaz6040d ago

Unlikely to be a fad, the price point makes nintendo's system a second go-to system. Considering that many gamers are purchasing a wii in addition to a 360/ps3, it's not going to end up like the gamecube. An opinion is an opinion, but the fact is Nintendo wii's are still extremely difficult to purchase 5 months after its release, can't say the same for ps3.

OC_MurphysLaw6040d ago

The GDC used to be a "developer" only type event where the developers all came and shared info, OPINIONS, and techniques...

Clearly given the media coverage this GDC has gotten...those days of free speech by roundtables for devs is gone. I get why EA had him do the retraction...they had to. With so much attention drawn to that statement and EA's name being tagged with it...well its not surprising at all.

What it is though is disappointing that this conference like E3 used to be is becoming more of a media circus. It will increasingly be used a showcase event instead of what it should be. Oh well....such is life I guess.

CaliGamer6040d ago

He should have been more thoughtful before he spoke, while I might agree with what he said, as an employee of EA, a company who does business with all 3 console companies it doesn't look good for him to make statements such as this. Common sense will tell any adult that sometimes you have to bite your tongue for the greater good, or in this case your job and your pride. He's lucky he didn't get fired.

MaximusPrime6040d ago

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."

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PRIMORDUS5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

I would have loved a F-Zero GX remake, not remaster, or a brand new F-Zero game.😞

Agent755d ago

The problems with that are it'd probably weigh in at a full price game and it wouldn't include the AX tracks that are weirdly in the GameCube version but can't be accessed.

PRIMORDUS4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Actually I thihk you can get the AX tracks but it's really hard to do it.
But I think you might still need to find the arcade of AX, that would be nearly impossible today. There is hope, there is a rom hack for the GC rom that has all the AX tracks in there. 😁 Just search for: F-Zero AX Direct Boot

Abear215d ago

This. Why Nintendo won’t fan service us with this and give Wave Race the same treatment is beyond me. Switch 2 launch games would sell them out of consoles, but we’ll prolly just get another Mario because they figure that’s enough. Sadly, they are correct.

Soy5d ago

If you want more F-Zero, make sure to give this one some love then.

sadraiden5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

Was Tetris 99 a new game built for modern hardware? What about Mario 99?

Does this person not know that Fzero 99 is built on the SNES title? Were they actually expecting a brand new Fzero game? hahahahaha
Also, what's with all of the spammy ass tags?