Sunday, February 25, 2007

Is the Nintendo wii next Generation?

For the past few months now, there has been this console buzz. The Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii have finally been released and people have stood in line for hours if not days in order to get their hands on the latest technologies. Now we have finally played them, the whole game industries is flooded with reviews. Wii fans, Xbox fans and Playstation fans all hit it head to head trying to prove which console is the best and giving advice on what newbie gamers should go for, and this is when people now pull out what i feel is the most misused phrase in the game industry "Next Generation". There has been a battle on which console is better than which and which console is next generation and which isn't.

The question here is what is a next generation console? Is it a console that has better and faster graphics or is it a console that reinvents the art of gaming. Does just popping in a new processor and graphics card into a box make in next generation technology or is it re-engineering the ways games are looked at and played. I believe it is the latter. In the case of the Wii, I think in terms of all the consoles released in 2006/2007 the Nintendo Wii is the only one that has the bragging rights to be called Next Gen, because they have actually reinvented the art of gaming and yes they do not have great graphics or an extra fast processor but those are easily available and can be done if that is what Nintendo wanted, but what Nintendo was looking for while building the Wii was a way to bridge the gap between hardcore gamers and non-gamers and the have invested time and money to come up with technology that is closer to doing that than any other major console manufacturer. Although there is a major resistance now by hardcore gamers who are not ready to trade soar thumbs for a work out. I think with time it would be revealed without a doubt that playing games with motion detection is the way of the future.

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