Originally Posted by RemoWilliams84
*psst* Nintendo cares. Have you seen how soon they're releasing a new console after the casual market they won over stopped buying games? Have you seen that they are pushing this next console as a core gamers console?
I'm still not sure what
audience the Wii U is going for. So far, there's no software, only a bunch of tech demos. And everything I've seen/heard looks like it's just a bigger HD version of the DS. The promised "hardcore" games shown at E3 weren't especially "hardcore." Nintendo doesn't have a good track record with third parties, so I'm still not sold on the Wii U being for the "hardcore." They say
it is, but that doesn't mean it actually will be (and I'm speaking as a stalwart Nintendo console player).
Originally Posted by Daekwan
Now this is crazy. Engadget just posted an article in the past hour arguing the exact same thing a few of us are arguing. That the tablet/smartphone is DEFINITELY a threat to the videogame console:http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/15/c...e-the-industr/Who cares about ancient history? If you're a gamer you should, because it's happening again. This time, though, its console gamers lobbing the same lamentations at Angry Bird players, Words With Friends addicts, and ever-sneaky Fruit Ninjas. As smartphones and tablets get more powerful, the dedicated gaming machine looks more and more quaint. Where once software supported hardware in one big, happy family, it's all becoming rather more... disjointed. For a gamer like me, that's a little troubling. If app gaming does for consoles what those consoles did to the PC scene a decade ago, a lot of big game studios are going to be in trouble, and a lot of gamers are going to be pining for the good 'ol days.
I agree with the basic history, but I disagree with the sentiment. The industry needs a major facelift. Big-budget AAA retail releases are mostly dull rehashes of the same **** that's been released for the past decade. If console gaming dies, it's because it deserves to.
I'm all for a new gaming paradigm that's based on mobile gaming and downloadable titles (Steam, XBLA, PSN). That's where all the most exciting, experimental, risky, fun games are happening right now. I say, bring it on.
Big studios have already died over the past few years, and many of those employees have gone on to set up small-scale studios for mobile, social, and downloadable gaming. There's a lot of talented former PC and console designers now making even more impressive and cutting edge games. And, from a gamer's perspective, these games are much cheaper, more abundant, take bigger design risks, have faster development cycles, require inexpensive hardware, and so on. Those are all good things!!
EDIT: Put it this way: Angry Birds is the only game that me, my sister, my brother, my dad, and my mom all play regularly. That's pretty f-ing awesome IMO.