Thursday, 28 August 2014

Miyamoto Wants To Leave "Passive Gamers" behind

The Wii did well, I mean really really well, A 100,000,000 sales. It probably really kickstarted the "casual game" trend and something Nintendo has tried to cash in on during the Wii U's life but Legendary games designer and father of Mario, Zelda and Metroid, Shigeru Miyamoto wants to change that.

During an interview with EDGE magazine Miyamoto was discussing his plans moving forward and his desire to move away from gamers who what he refers to as having a "passive attitude". The designer lamented their attitude of "Okay, I am a customer. You're supposed to entertain me" he even goes as far to say "it's pathetic they don't know how interesting it is if you move one step and challenge yourself".

The gaming legend believes it time to move one "Because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now" and the shift away from the "passive" gamer is a good one for Nintendo going forward, they no longer need to worry about the game fitting in with the daily lives of the general public.

Abe's Take
I dont see this as an attack on the casual gamer as the casual gamer doesn't care what "behind the scenes people" think, as evidenced by the whole " Candy Saga" early this year. But I think this is also aimed at the Call of Duty "hardcore" gamers, those who dismiss Nintendo based on style of graphics alone. As such I don't see this as the end of Mario or Nintendo's style.

I also don't think his words (pathetic) wasn't meant as an attack seeing as his is probably the only man in the increasingly corporate world of video games that is there for fun and refuses to take himself seriously.

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