Developer Attacks Nintendo Wii Development, Technology
Ever since its triumph over the Sony PlayStation 3 this past holiday season, the Nintendo Wii has been the darling of both the mainstream media and casual gaming population. That's to be expected, with the console offering a unique, laid-back approach to gaming for half the price of the competition. However, there's evidence that not everyone is happy with Nintendo's present strategy. That became clear late last week, as at least one industry figure lashed out at the Wii during the Game Developers Conference.
According to Chris Hecker, founder of developer Definition Six, "The Wii is a piece of [expletive]." The rather blunt attack was made during Hecker's short speech at last week's "Burning Mad: Game Publishers Rant" seminar.
Hecker went on to say, "I have uncovered the secret to Wii manufacturing. The way you manufacture a Wii is you take two GameCubes and some duct tape".
Hecker's argument is one of the first to lash out at Nintendo's decision to use graphics technology not drastically superior to the last generation of consoles. The Definition Six founder believes "interactivity is about doing something interesting with that input and threading it back to the user. You can't do that with a piece of [expletive] underpowered computer."
Nintendo fans will certainly find solace in the fact that Definition Six (or 6) is hardly an industry leader in development. However, Hecker does know a few things about video gaming: he's a key editor at Game Developer Magazine, is an expert in OpenGL and graphics technology, and has worked with Will Wright on the massively anticipated PC title, Spore.