Bit Tech is reporting that legendary game designer Peter Molyneux has warned other designers developing games for the Wii's motion controller of potential pitfalls due to gamers inherent laziness. The speech was made during the GC Developer Conference in Leipzig Germany this week. Basically gamers are too lazy move their arms around too much.
"I've realized I'm an incredibly lazy person when I play games, and actually slouching back on the sofa, playing on my beer belly, is my most comfortable position. When I have to get up, it's painful. I make noises and start grunting."
He goes on further to say that the idea of using the controller to fight with swords is cool, but the players looks quite stupid doing it. This of course flies in the face of successes like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. Both games require you to stand up, be active and look ... well ... really stupid. I for one would not mind putting on my work out clothes and work up a nice sweat cutting the heads off ninjas for an hour or so. A fourteen hour marathon session may be out of the question
I would say that this kind of thing is what we have waited our entire life... I mean, many (if not any) of us, when we were just boys (and girls), wanted to play a game as if you were actually doing what the character does. The question is that came a little late... we're a bit too old to look stupid. =(
He has a point on something: My gaming position is usually all laid back with the controller between my legs (except button mashers, where I have to move to a more to a more aggressive stance. I don't make any strange noises while getting up, 'to.
However, most Wii games seem oriented to short burts of play, so maybe ths won't be issue at all, until someone thinks making full swings with the wiimote for hours on end is good gameplay practice.
What next-gen console is the only one not to include motion-sensor controls and who owns Lionhead again? Guess!
The idea of looking like a fool in the comfort of my own home doesn't really intimidate me, but if I had to look silly playing Mario Party in front of some friends, at least we'd have a blast laughing at each other.
I play a lot and while I don't make any noises getting up, my years with the Power Glove are a testament to my laziness. I used the built-in control pad more than I ever made use of the glove motions. However, this won't stop me from trying the Wii controllers out. The concept sounds like it's worth a shot, and we gamers could use something to keep us in shape anyways.
Every so often I jump on the treadmill while playing though some of my console games. I'm thinking that this might not work so well with a Wii. So will I actually be gaining exercise or losing it? :)
In any case, don't just jump out and buy a Wii when it gets released. Play it at the store, try out a friend's, or just look for a giant Van that nintendo's hired out to do PR in major cities (if history's any indication). I'm hoping that this will be the system people are enjoying, but I can also see it not being the "right system" for people who simply are too comfortable with traditional control methods.
I hope I'm not the later.
I'm like the rest, I'm not scared of looking like an idiot in my own home, in my basement where there are no windows and no one to see me cept my CS playing brother of mine. If I have freinds over, like someone else said, they'll prolly be looking like an idiot with me and the more fun we'll have.
I am actually concerned about the laziness thing, I mean, I wont be able to have my all night sessions when I can barely get up and Im covered in sweat. But then again, most of the games wont require a lot of motion. Nintendo said that most games require only a flick of the wrist and thats it.
On another note Im also worried about space. I can imagine a friend getting a bloody nose when I go to play baseball and I swing the Wiimote in my friends face. I mean, the people at E3 had a whole stage to play tennis, I have a basement filled with couches and furniture. It makes using the Wii a bit harder. I guess Its easy to move couches though...
"Watch out, I don't like the sound of this Color Graphics Adapter! People will go blind if they look at more than two colors simultaneously!"
"This idea of 3D space sounds frightening. Whoever heard of playing games in the third dimension? That's crazy talk."
"CDs? You're mental. Cartridges are the way of the future."