Posted by: seanmalstrom | June 14, 2014

Email: Nintendo thinks Twitch Streaming isn’t important

I thought you’d love this article.
Basically unlike the Xbox One and PS4, Nintendo didn’t bother wasting time or resources putting any sort of online social video streaming feature on the WiiU and has no plans to.
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I like what Reggie said here: “Your specific question of just purely streaming gameplay, what we’ve got to think through is, so what’s fun about that? From a consumer standpoint, what’s fun about it?” Fils-Aime continued.
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Hardcore gamers are outraged over this because the age of social media has made them feel like they’re special and can share their gaming skills with the world.  Hardcore gamers are extremely narcissistic about the gaming abilities and want everyone to see how amazing they are, and in the past, you either had to set up a video camera in front of the TV or spend a lot of money on software like Dazzle.  Ever watch any let’s play videos on youtube? First of all, I have a hard time finding one with no commentary because every video creator needs to sit there talking to no one.  A vast majority of these are dumb teenage kids screaming and cursing and thinking they’re funny and clever.  But of course the internet gaming culture of message forums has led hardcore gamers to think they’re all special and have something worthwhile to contribute.  The hardcore were mad that in Mario Kart 8, all they could do was upload a highlight reel of their race as opposed to the entire race because sitting there watching someone else play Mario Kart is sooo engaging (sarcasm).
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The Wii audience and the Malestrom audience don’t care about uploading their gameplay to the internet.  Especially given most modern industry games just lead you down a corridor to the next cut scene.  At least with the NES era games, people found cool tricks, cheats and shortcuts to outsmart the game.  Heck now, you could watch a ton of games on youtube and never have to worry about spending money to play them yourself since you know what’s going to happen and your play through wouldn’t be any different.
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Seriously, how self centered to think anyone gives a damn about your 30 minutes of gameplay footage you uploaded from your console?  Go out and get a real life.

 

I think it has more to do with Nintendo’s integrated hardware and software nature. Nintendo wants the Wii U Gamepad to be shown off or with Wii games to see the player doing the motion movements. Streaming in the traditional sense would be a liability except in the case of normal games like Smash and Mario Kart.

 

 


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