Posted by: seanmalstrom | June 18, 2014

Miyamoto mocks Oculus Rift

What to make of this!??

“When you think about what virtual reality is, which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U,” Miyamoto told Time. “And so I have a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not that’s the best way for people to play.”

There are several ways to interpret this.

A) Miyamoto is badmouthing a competitor’s product because it is a competitor’s product.

B) Miyamoto thinks anti-hardcore gaming is the way of the future.

C) Both A and B

The hardcore gamers are in meltdown over Blessed Miyamoto mocking their Oculus Rift. (You know if I said those same exact lines “Virtual Reality is for people who like to spend time alone playing in a corner”, I’d get tarred and feathered.) But does anyone reasonably expect Miyamoto, a member of the Board of Directors at Nintendo, to praise a competitor’s product? He’d be thought mad! Of course, the competitors’ products are ‘bad’.

The reason why I’m hopeful for B is that this is exactly how Nintendo execs talked at the waning era of the Gamecube days. They underwent relentless Hardcore Gamer bashing. When ‘journalists’ arrived at NOA to try out ‘Twilight Princess’, as part of their ‘goodie bag’, NOA gave the gamers soap and told them to use it (hahahaha).

I don’t know what Nintendo plans for Generation 9. I would HOPE that they would go to DS/Wii spirit again and run far, far away from ‘hardcore gaming’. The massive financial losses helped by the poor sales of Generation 8 Nintendo hardware should be reason enough to DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT NEXT TIME. But with QoL, Nintendo might think they can make Gamecubes and Virtual Boys all day while relying on QoL to provide profit to the company. But is QoL’s success assured? It doesn’t seem that way.

We need to pay close attention to Nintendo exec’s comments in the next couple of years. If they keep making anti-hardcore comments like Miyamoto did, we may see Generation 9 be more like Generation 7. If they start placating the hardcore and their behavior, then we’ll have a redux of Generation 8.


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