Nintendo renames the Revolution
Nintendo is the US after September 11th. They built up a great deal of good will, especially after developers revealed they’re making real games for the system. But like Bush II, Nintendo has squandered the world’s interest by pursuing a terrible PR campaign and bombing Iraq. So the analogy isn’t perfect. My point is Nintendo had everyone listening and now they have everyone laughing. Image has long been one of their main problems and they seem to revel in not fixing it.
With that, I present to you the Nintendo Wii, pronounced “we.” In case the pun wasn’t painful enough, Nintendo has named the Revolution controller the “wiimote.” In order to stress how stupid their marketing people are, Nintendo’s press conference consisted of terrible puns. “Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else. Wii will put people more in touch with their games.”
So Nintendo has may have sealed their fate by using a stupid name that’s hated by everyone but the people paid to come up with it. What’s next? Deciding what we should call it. Nintendo “Why?” seems fitting and isn’t as repulsive as Wii. The W2 is also not too bad, but it reminds people of paying taxes (fun!). I could definitely see myself asking a friend if he plans on getting a Nintendo Wizz. Adult terms for urine are far more palatable than child terms. Most likely, I’ll just stick with Revolution.
Not playing video games leads to violent behavior
A father angry over his son’s gaming habit fires off a round. Sounds like he needs a hobby that allows him to vent his frustration in a safe, consequence free environment.
Square-Enix announces its E3 line up
Last year at E3 Squenix couldn’t stop talking about Code Age Commanders and its enormous line of tie ins. There was a PS2 game, a cell phone game, a comic, an enema, and a Broadway musical. Apparently it never made it to these shores and taught Squenix to stop trying new things. All ten of these titles are based on a pre-existing series. I wonder if any will have absurdly stupid character design or feature androgynous men.
EA settles lawsuit, still evil
Because they are completely innocent, EA has decided to pay nearly $15 million to employees who worked over time without pay. As popular as it is to be the “innovation is dead” cynic crying about how EA is bad both as a company and for the industry, it is even more popular to be the middle of the road guy who reacts to those people. The “Oh yeah, EA is bad just because they make money, sure” sort of thing. Chalk up another point for the doomsayers because EA actually is evil (as long as you consider slavery evil).
HD DVD and Blu Ray finish talks, decide they’re just too different
There will not be a unified format. Place your bets now and fight the urge to buy anything, unless you have too much money and hate charity.
EA brings Madden to the Revolution
The regular studio that does the Madden games will not handle this title. What must it be like for that regular studio who works on the same game every single year and adds only graphical tweaks and roster changes? Do these people contemplate suicide all day or just succumb to the mind numbing effects of working on an assembly line?
Anyway, EA’s support of the Revolution is a good sign. The last console they refused to support because they’re douche bags was the Dreamcast and it cost Sega dearly. Their support means they see a potential for profit from the console (or just that they don’t have a grudge: see Sega Saturn EA game sales) and to top it off, the Madden won’t just be a port with slightly better graphics and a new roster. They are redesigning it for use with the wand controller. Nintendo may really be able to pull off the Revolution. Let’s just hope they don’t make any enormously stupid PR blunders.