This is where i comment and offer my thoughts on a variety of game business related topics. With soon 25 years in this business, hopefully some of my insights are worthy of your time.
Wii is a Virus!
In a recent Interview that spawned a few other posts, here, here and here. I stated that the Wii is like a virus. I would like to hereby take a moment to clarify what I meant.
First off I believe the Wii is a phenomenal accomplishment and a great addition to the Video game space. Nintendo did a very smart thing by staying away from the graphics arms race and created a product that was different and could stand out.
Given this design direction the Wii in my mind is more of a toy then a Games machine, and i say millions of Wii Fit players agree with me!. It’s a Toy that plays some pretty good video games, but the majority of users that has bought a Wii I believe would never consider buying a X360 or a PS3. Simply because I believe they would not be interested in that experience, the Wii initial experience is so new and refreshing, they come over and play it with someone or see it in the store and it becomes almost an impulse buy.
They then play if a few times and BECAUSE they are not gamers, they put it away. It might come out from time to time at a party etc, where some new people get to experience the “fun” and now they go buy one, and the circle repeats itself, thus it spreads like a “virus”. How many people do you think has come over to a party and played a PS3 or X360 game and then gone a bough a console (Rock band and guitar hero games excluded!), right!.
So i really meant no disrespect to Nintendo at all or the Wii, just expressed the opinion that i think the Wii will need a successor sooner rather then later, as its Newness and Virus spreading capabilities will soon run out. Just my 2 cents!
I have produced and designed many games on many platforms in many genres. Have participated in the evolution of this industry from 3 guys in a garage to 50+ Million dollar projects. Still we got so far to go and so little time to get it done!
Now looking to participate in the revolution of interactive game development as we shift from a package goods products that "have to have it all" to the exciting concept of free to play, involve your customer, collaborative development.
My Current company Antic Entertainment is a game development company focused on developing free-to-play titles for all platforms!