New House, New Consoles, New James Bond…


The last few days have been a sleep-deprived, continuous cycle that looks something like this: work, fix house, play Viva Pinata, work, play Gears of War, fix house, play Wii Sports, work…

Nintendo has actually managed to make virtual bowling fun. I mean laugh out loud, heckle and boast, drink-beer-with-your-friends-fun. There should be some sort of special award for not making yet another crappy bowling game.

Suffice to say, I’m enjoying my Wii, despite (or perhaps partially due to) the absolute hailstorm of bad puns I’m constantly subjected to while playing with it. I want to say that “I’ve heard them all”, but man, this gutter clearly stretches to infinity. Anyway, Super Monkey Ball is next on my list of Wii games. I’m looking forward to it.

IMO, from what I’ve seen, Xbox Live Arcade is still miles ahead of anything offered by Sony or Nintendo. Of course, they’ll both ramp up sooner or later, but I think it will be difficult for them to close the gap between the offerings. After all, we’re certainly not resting on our butts right now.

Lastly, and on a completely unrelated note: if you haven’t seen the latest Bond flick (Casino Royale), go see it. Right now. It was the best Bond experience since Connery. There were almost no gadgets (and no Q) but I didn’t even care because Bond is finally a charming-but-utterly-lethal badass once again. I could say more but really, you should just go see it!

4 responses to “New House, New Consoles, New James Bond…

  1. Is this gap you mention defined by the content portfolio or the archetecture and user interface? I suspect both are lacking in comparison to XBLA, but I don’t think you should underestimate how quickly the content gap can be closed, given the right people. I know some folks, who are just one studio out of many, working on some very interesting titles for the PS3’s e-DI, and the LiveMove software might just facilitate a cambrian explosion of casual games for Wii.

  2. > Is this gap you mention defined by the content portfolio or the
    > archetecture and user interface?

    Both. I expect the feature gap will last longer than the content gap. Especially in Sony’s case; they haven’t proven especially good at the software side of this business.

  3. The Wii certainly achieves its goal of reaching out to a broader audience. I broke it out for the family tonight, and everyone grasped Wii Sports almost immediately. My sister’s friend and her mom played tennis together, making elaborate strokes and playing as far from the TV as they would from a net. My uncle got into the golf game so much that after his first hole he was offering patronizing advice to all of us. “You’re in the rough, so play it a little to the left, a little more, that’s good.” His real-life golf skills actually translated well into Wii golf, which I was honestly surprised by. Real guitarists aren’t any better at Guitar Hero, after all.

    Since I’ve gotten it, the Wii has been an frikkin’ social magnet. I don’t think I’ve had a it a single night where I played alone (of course, I’ve had it for only four nights). It’s a very different experience from a normal console, where you’d expect to keep it to yourself until the guests had left. Also, the controls are enough of a departure that everyone’s skill level is roughly equivalent. Of course, this might change over time as I become more adept, but at the same time, over a week and a half of playing, I’m still not intimidatingly better than a n00b. I hope we see more games like Wii Sports.

    Red Steel sucks. Ubisoft put their C team on it.

    The one thing I have felt when using the Wii is that the disc loading mechanism totally sucks. The console takes care of so much else for you, why you gotta go over there and screw around with some plastic crap? I.e. what’s the point of the power button on the remote if you have to walk over there anyway to put your game in? If any console maker has any brains, their next gen consoles will eschew physical media completely in favor of downloading games and caching them on local storage. I guess Live Arcade and the Virtual Console are steps in this direction. Make it happen man, my lazy ass is counting on you!

  4. I’m still waiting for you to hook me up with some sweet virtual gear in SL before I do you any favors, buddy. *grin*

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