E3 is quickly approaching and, as usual, it’s bring a ridiculous number of rumours with it as well.
Usually at this point, I’d be extremely excited. It’s common knowledge that I prefer to be optimistic when I have little to no information about a game or major event. Although that perspective has resulted in disappointment in the case of E3 recently, especially last year when I still had yet to own a 360.
However! This year, there is one rumour in particular that makes me want to chuck expensive things out a window and squash any hope that attempts to raise itself. Have you heard about this? (IGN and Wall Street Journal Online). I’m sorry, I might enjoy using tilt controls for Excitebots, or I might think the pointer controls for Twilight Princess, Lost Winds, and Trauma Centre are intuitive, but Wii Sports or anything that encourages me to fail my body about is something I might play every 10 months with a few friends and their parents. Fun, yes, but hardly included in my gaming routine. So the prospect of a full motion camera or some sort of 3D space controls makes me want to vomit.
In its defense, Microsoft has been doing a decent job at keeping the casual separate from the hardcore. This might be because their efforts haven’t taken off in the way Nintendo’s have, but in any case, I never felt or feared that Microsoft would start ignoring its hardcore market. This, however, might be more than the Playstation Eye or You’re In The Movies. If Microsoft has actually created some extremely impressive hardware enabling a user to only use her body to control games, it might catch the casual eye as “the new and improved Wii”. This could snowball into a change of direction for a lot of software and then an ignorance of the dedicated hardcore market that might feel all too familiar.
This is an outlook driven by fear, of course, but I’ve just become more uneasy since entertainment media has become so gimmick-driven. What about 3D movies and gaming? It might make a few people “ooh” and “aah”, but does it actually allow movie and game makers to be more creative? Perhaps I’m just turning into an old fart who will constantly say “back in my day” when faced with new technology, but I really fail to see how moves like this can enhance the medium. Developers are finally starting to explore what the powerful current-generation hardware is capable of, so why march out the distractions?
But what do you think? Am I over-reacting? Will Microsoft not even focus on this new technology and if they do, will they reiterate that it’s just an alternative to traditional gaming. Would you believe them? Hell, maybe all these rumours are just that: rumours. I hope that Sony’s rumoured redesign announcement comes with a price cut so that I’ll buy that system and hide away from all this for at least a little while longer.