The Times – What quality this isn’t

It’s amazing the amount of ill-educated journalism out there on the web. You’d probably expect it from a blog, dare I say it, such as this one. But from a reputable website such as The Times… surely not.

I point you to this article I read earlier this evening. Wiiiiii – What fun this isn’t. It’s a (sort of) review of the games console, The Nintendo Wii and it has to be some of the worst journalism I have ever seen.

Now before you stop me and say ‘it’s all a matter of opinion’ let me just point out that this person’s experience of the Wii seems to be only a go on Wii Sports and Wii Play. For those who dont know, Wii Sports come free with the console and Wii Play with a free controller. They are games designed to get you used to using the console, not proper hardcore experiences.

Yet the reviewer (Jon Holmes incase you’re interested) seems to think this is the only offering and criticises their simplicity and ‘kiddy graphics’. But then again, Jon himself claims he would rather shoot people in high definition, no wonder the country’s in the state it’s in.

Don’t get me wrong, I like shooting games, but there is so much more than just shooting games available. It annoys me how most reviewers seem to think shoot-em-ups are the be-all and end-all of video games.

Back to Mr.Holmes review. He claims he  ‘fantasy on a games console’. He says that games should give you an experience and offer escapism. I agree. he claims the Wii cannot achieve these things. I strongly disagree.

Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Excite Truck, Red Steel, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Mario Kart, Mad World, Resident Evil, Deadspace, Dead Rising, Paper Mario, Moto GP, Metroid Prime 3, Guitar Hero, The Force: Unleashed.

All of the above games are on Wii and all of them offer great experiences. From horror, to shooter, to platform, to beat-em-up to music to RPG to racing. The point is that the Wii has a remarkable choice of games, not just the two Mr. Holmes has seen. It also has a great potential as I feel the motion sensing has worked well with some games and future titles (when MotionPlus arrives) will build on that even more.

Perhaps find Mii (a game where you pick out people from a crowd) is not the hardcore gamers favorite game, but there’s more than likely some people out there who love it. They may not enjoy games which involve just killing everyone. Everyone is different and I believe the Wii offers something for all. I’m not trying to say that the PS3 and Xbox 360 don’t also have varied selections, they do. But the Wii has done the best and shouldn’t be judged by some of it’s simpler titles.

Finally I’d just like to point you to this quote: ‘“But the Wii keeps you fit,” they bleat. So what? The Xbox is far more important than that.’ Now I’m sure (well I hope) that was written tongue in cheek, but if it wasn’t and people do believe this, the God help our country! 

Perhaps next time Jon Holmes, you would like to research what you are talking about before putting it online to get some cheap laughs. I expected more from a The Times, but then again, it is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Maybe he’s the one who has these views.

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