I posted a…well, I don’t know that “defense” is the correct word, but definitely a something about Wii Music yesterday. The short of it is, I don’t have any particular interest in the game…but I also don’t see it as a clear and present danger to all that is good in the world, either.
Have self-proclaimed hardcore gamers always been this hysterical about “non-game” software? I feel like Wii Music is the latest in a long line of toys and apps that Nintendo has been churning out for years; nothing new in the least. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t lurking in the proper corners of USENET back then, but I really don’t remember Mario Paint eliciting so much FUD back in the day; on the contrary, people seemed to love it, and it’s still regarded fondly. While I was in Tokyo last week, I came across a set of Famicom Disk System titles that appeared to be Mario-themed lessons on sewing; for that matter, Nintendo even published (or at least played host to) a Game Boy application that could be used with a sewing machine to create special patterns. And let’s not forget the Game Boy Camera, which was basically an add-on that let you do a simplified version of what the DSi promises to enable — but people thought that was awesome, whereas the collective mindset regarding DSi’s 0.3 megapixel camera is that it’s the dumbest thing ever.
Nintendo’s modus operandi doesn’t seem to have changed so much over the years…is the problem simply that people who play games are becoming shriller and more egocentric?