Quick! Three Wii tidbits! I don’t own one – a unit did sit at my house for months and months, but apart from the occasional non-gamer waltzing in and demanding a game of bowling or something, it happily gathered dust. Still, its a darling (cheap) machine with a software catalog that is finally starting to look like something. Fact is, you still get the bulk of better games on the PS3 and 360, but the Wii is getting there.
In fact, its motion-sensing stuff has evoked enough response that Microsoft is copying the idea with its own remote of the 360. Yes, that means that soon you’ll have lots of games on the 360 that, like the Wii games, mostly don’t know what the hell to do with the control system. This might even mean that future 360 games will get stuck with the annoying mini-games forced by the publisher to exploit its new (expensively researched) hardware. Kinda like the Sixaxis, which still has to show a better use beyond flOw and balancing on logs in Uncharted.
Gosh, I’m bitter…
Good news, though – Telltale’s Sam & Max series has finally been confirmed for the Wii. This has led to a lot of talk of resurrecting the adventure genre, though a lot of people seem to be missing the point of the adventure golden age: those game were too f***ing difficult! The new Sam & Max stuff is a lot friendlier, but lack depth. Although I received review copies of the season 2 games, I also noticed that the series is more like a sitcom and less about our two heroes. I don’t want to play a game with Bosco, Sybil and all the rest. I want Sam & Max. Hopefully TT will dump most of the characters in Season 3, as well as cut down on the annoying American in-jokes. But regardless, this is a major thing both for adventure and the episodic model.
Finally, the BBC has decided to tap into the Wii market. iPlayer, its utility to get great shows from its site, now works on the Wii and will soon work on new televisions as well. Okay, something different – Seven Gaming Urban Legends!
Last Updated: April 10, 2008