Why Game Magazines Hate The Wii.

The more I read video game magazines, the more I want to cancel all my subscriptions. My letter to the editor went unnoticed, or maybe just purposely ignored. I am not a great writer and not even close to a professional journalist, but a I don’t make my life that way. However I have finally figured out why game magazines are trashing the Wii so much.

I was reading Game Informer when I encountered their review of Mario Strikers Charged. I did not look for it, I was just browsing the latest magazine and thought, hey I already played this game, lets see what they say. The more I read, the more I felt like this was not a fair review. Mario Strikers is such a fun game that both my wife and one of my friend’s wife wanted to kill us after a straight week of non stop playing. The online game play was smooth and easy to access, the action was fast paced and the controls right on point. The music, the graphics and replay had Nintendo written all over in a good way. So why did Game Informer hate it so much? simply because they hate the Wii.

The president of Nintendo of America said in E3 2007 that “This is an exciting time, the Wii is putting video games right along with music and movies as a form of entertainment for everyone.” While this is a bold statement, he does have something to back him up. The Wii is being embraced by gamers and non gamers alike. Woman and later age demographics are jumping at the Wii. Heck, my Mom, someone who raised a video game addict never wanted to pick up a controller before now wants a Wii.

So why do game magazines hate this? simple, they are not going to be very relevant anymore. Their readership will decrease as time goes on because of who they write for. My letter to the editor talked about how they had no right to say that games should be made for gamers only. Now I understand that pretty soon their lack of writing skills and depth will make them dinosaurs faster than news papers on the printed media world.

Game magazine writers try to be sarcastic and witty. Because of that I have always excused poor writing and lack of depth on not just their reviews but their articles. I have even at times felt that it would be cool to be part of their staff reviewing video games, but now I know that I did not miss much.

Martha Stewart and Jessica Alba are both Wii fans and have been open about talking about the awesome console. Maxim magazine and Rolling Stone have been writing good video game articles for a while now. Why buy a magazine that is at least not up front about what they are pushing by calling themselves a multi platform magazine. At least Nintendo Power is upfront about pushing just the stuff from one company. While the game magazines are trying to retain an audience of hardcore gamers that are more interested in reading things online than in printed media, other magazines are going to pick up the influx of new readers trying to find out about what the Wii has to offer.

I might be completely wrong, but before the end of the year the Wii is going to dominate the gaming market like the DS is already doing to the hand held. It is not all about pretty graphics, its about great game play and Nintendo became the innovator and took the step toward fun instead of being stuck on pixel pushing land which its already dominated by the PC. I cannot wait for Unreal Tournament 2k7 to come out and make Halo 3 as irrelevant as video game magazines are becoming at least for me.

Coloring Adults

Lately I have been wanting to restart my inner creativity. I have not started playing music again, but I might soon. For now I have been coloring. Yes as in picking up some color pencil and just going back and forth in a piece of paper. Why? Simple, it makes me feel like a kid again.

My current relationship is awesome because I get to feel like I am dating someone back in high school. I am excited every time I see her, and we laugh all the time. She is also a very deep and intellectual person, but inside she is a little kid at heart like I am. I get to let my inner child out and it feels good. My inner child gets very mischievous if he is kept inside for too long.

She was the one that bought the color pencils because she used mandalas in the past as relaxation therapy. Then watching the special with the Blue Man Group made me realize how right they were. We lose color as a form of expression every day. When kids we all paint, but as we get older we do it less and less. It does not have to be good, it does not have to be cool, it just has to be an expression of who you are or where you are in life. That made me decide to start this meme. Coloring Adults is the title and here we go.

Coloring Adults

1. Grab water colors, crayons or coloring pencils from your nearest kid… yes if it means going to Fridays or IHOP and obtaining some, do it!


2. Grab a blank piece of paper and just draw whatever you feel like. Then take a picture and scan it and join us on the flickr group. Flickr is not required, its just more fun. If not just send me an e-mail with it and I will upload it for you.

4. Link back to this post to see where the idea was originated (http://blog.logtar.com/2007/09/03/coloring-adults/). Even if you don’t use Flickr, make sure you link back to the group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/479900@N21/). Also make sure to link the person that tagged you.

3. Now the fun part for the meme attacker (that would be you). You get to tag 5 people with the meme, but you get to give them something to draw. I figured we should start with a Bee! So that is what I am tagging my first victims with. Play along, tag others, do as you please! Just draw and have some fun!

– Victims – Bea, Daniel, Eric, Shellim, and Andrea.