If there is any purpose to this blog, it is to stop bullshit like this. Anyone can say anything on the Internet. The Wii audience is very large. Instead of talking to Wii only gamers, most people ‘imagine’ what they do as if Wii only gamers live on another continent. Wii only gamers also get chased out of Gaming Message Forums. No one was interested in what Wii only gamers think or feel except when they upset the market. Then everyone insults the Wii only gamer and tell them how they aren’t ‘real gamers’ after all!
“Whether it’s based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that’s what’s contributing to the really great sales we’ve had.”
What consumer data is this? It has long been the trend that kids who grew up with the Nintendo console tend to buy a Sony one later on. But that is not the Wii-esque type gamer. He doesn’t differentiate which is worrying.
House said that in Europe 40 per cent of PS4 early adopters didn’t already have a PlayStation Plus account. “That me was a good indication of whether they were new to this world,” he added.
That is his ‘consumer indicator’? Sounds more like wishful thinking. Just because someone doesn’t have a PS Plus account doesn’t mean they are ‘new’ to this world or a Wii only gamer.
“And anecdotally I’ve had people who were the Wii generation and who are back in the consideration set. It’s certainly something I hear about.”
Anecdotal evidence is garbage. This guy doesn’t have anything.
So why is he saying this?
“I hesitate to say this because I know committed gamers may roll their eyes about it, but there’s an opportunity with some of the remastering or re-imagining from PS3 franchises that will potentially find an audience that hasn’t played them in the previous generation because they skipped that generation,” House said. “We’re starting to see signs of that.
This is what it is all about. Sony is justifying their cash grab of re-releasing old games for their new system.
There is this thing called BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY that makes this ‘re-releases’ mute and predatory. PS1, PS2, and PS3 didn’t need it because they, at least at first, had backwards compatibility. GBA, DS, 3DS, Wii, and Wii U don’t need it because of backwards compatibility.
What this punk from Sony is doing is trying to say that removing backwards compatibility and ‘re-releasing’ old games is 1) good and 2) brilliant console strategy. He’s wrong on both counts.
If Wii gamers really wanted PS3 games, they would have bought a PS3.
In order for Wii only owners to buy the PS4, there needs to be games on the system they like. Are there sports games like Wii Sports? Fitness games like Wii Fit? Platformers like NSMB Wii? Is the PS4 a local multiplayer machine? (Pshhhh, no way).
And if Sony wants the Wii only customer, what does that tell us about the incredible and amazing hardly-core gamers? Why doesn’t Sony wish to attract more hardcore gamers and create more hardcore gamers?
Even if Sony is serious, their approach will not work. Wii only gamers and hardcore gamers are not compatible. Wii only gamers wish to be the primary customer, not seen as some second-class gamer. Wii and DS did this correctly and made the Expanded Audience gamer the Primary Consumer. The hardcore gamer was then placed as the second-class gamer… a role which is fitting to where they belong. This is what enraged the hardcore gamers who think all game consoles should revolve around them.
Hardcore gamers and normal gamers cannot both be the primary consumers. Choose one. You all saw the backlash hardcore gamers had when they aren’t the primary customer. Wii only customers have the same reaction. This blog and and its rants are anything if not evidence of that.