Saturday, May 31, 2008


A Moment of Selfish Fanboy Glee

The latest numbers over at VG Chartz show Nintendo's Wii leading the pack in every major market in the world. It took Microsoft two and a half years to build a market base in America that Nintendo built in only one and a half years.

I had a feeling that it was inevitable, but it's still interesting to see it happening.

You can already taste the sour grapes flowing from the PS3 and X-Box aficionados. "But... but... sales don't mean quality! Wii games are dumb! The Wii's flooded with shovelware! It doesn't have the cool featuresssssss!"

Yeah yeah. Sure sure. Look, I was a Nintendo fanboy for the past ten years, so I know what you're going through. In the coming months, you will see support promised by third party companies begin to dwindle as people like me tear your little fucking hobby apart and turn it into something more suitable to our tastes. It's going to hurt when the solid facts start to demonstrate that the box of computer chips you bought for $600 is turning into just another footnote in gaming history, the sort of system that people describe with some variation of "It really had some must-own games, but..."

And it's going to serve you right. Because you've spent your entire gaming career shunning and marginalizing everything about video games that I enjoy. And you're going to see what it's like to have to hunt everywhere for that game you were anticipating because nobody's going to want to stock it anymore.

But it will make you a better person. Because you will come to realize that there are more important things than winning video game wars. You will see that your loser, third-place game box can still make you happy to the extreme. You will stop carrying around a chip on your shoulder that makes you believe that you're better than everyone else because of a piece of electronics that you own. You will still find software that you want to play, and you will enjoy it all the more for its scarcity.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy your long, slow slide into total irrelevance. The Wii will be here when you're ready for a real system.


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