Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ed, or TES, or The Eighth Sage, whatever you prefer. I do apologize for this rather terse blog as my first entry here, but I do believe this had to be said.
While navigating my way around the site, I came across this rather intensely written blog by SoulScreme battering Nintendo and their invention the Wii, using fairly colorful words that I will not repeat. Now I will try to counter this seemingly biased view on Nintendo's "next generation" console and the company as a whole.
While I do agree with SoulScreme that Nintendo's games, especially in recent days, have reverted to a sort of motonony, I also understand that this is all part of Nintendo's "big plan" to extend their audiences and allow for a further ranged demographic. So of course we will see simplfied controls and game mechanics for gamers, whether they be old, young, new or hardcore, to easily adapt to the Wii.
While on the subject of the Wii itself, let us also look at another drawing point of the Wii; the price. The Wii is by far the cheapest and therefore the most popular of the Big Three, which also enforces Nintendo's outlook on its business plan.
As for the games, Nintendo is deliberately family friendly, and purposefully tries to eliminate itself from the so called "Console Wars", because they care about what's truly important. And what's not important is how realistic the graphics are, how powerful the machine's horsepower is, how responsive and complex the controls are, or even how violent a game could skate by on an M rating and raise a lot of hell. The important thing is what every gamer wants at the end of the day, what every game developer intends for every game; a fun, entertaining experience. I believe a lot of you Sony and Microsoft fanboys(and girls!) have gotten so used to the gore and violence, so expectant of the so-real-its-unreal graphical packaging of a game, that you've forgotten the true essance of the game is just that, the game itself.
I am not trying to say that Nintendo is perfect. I am a Nintendo fanboy at heart because that is the system that I grew up on, as is the case with many gamers. However, that does not mean I condemn them simply because I am a fanboy of any console, even by just a little. Regardless of intentions, fanboyism does seem to play into who says what and why. Still, I have tried to remain as unbiased as possible, and though I do berate fans of other consoles just a little, perhaps it is an opinion that will reach otherwise deaf ears.