> Spending half your monthly income for a gaming console is crazy; doing so
> knowing that the difference with the previous generation is just more pumped
> graphics is totally insane.
> The Wii is another pair of sleeves because it has innovation. The N guys were
> smart enough to use innovation as a marketing strategy. Some people I talked to
> are sure they did so because they lacked the capability to produce competing
> hardware, which is something I doubt. But in case it is true, I hope all game
> hardware designers are taken by the aliens before the next generation of
Yah that's the problem. The hardware dev'rs for system have this tardish mentality that more higher the specs and delivering a prettier version of the same thing is right to do. They also have the mentality that your system should basically be a swiss army knife in that it does it all for you. Whatever happened to just going to the store, picking something (a game), and then just playing it and being happy your shit turned on and your $ wasn't wasted on stupidity?
Nintendo and MS were responsible this gen giving either innovation(nintendo) or expansion choices (MS) so you don't end up paying higher for crap you won't use (larger drive, hd-dvd drive, etc.) I think honestly hardware dev has lost it's view on where to go when making a quality game. Long ago it was about giving someone something new to do, something more expansive, something that will enhance the game. Now it's about realism in the eyecandy, fluffing up the same tired shit since a decade back or more, and pandering to the hardware minorities (hddvd/br, 5/6.1 stereo owners, hdtvs, etc) to try and say and show you're better.
I miss it being about the games and doing something new or special, sadly it seems either from lack of being able to afford to compete, or being genuinely interested in saving that art form, only Nintendo made the move with the motion controller.