I've published arguments for, against and decidedly indifferent to the future of the way we will control our video games, following a piece I wrote arguing that unless Sony and Microsoft are willing to spill financial blood, their attempts will forever remain a niche product. A father wrote to me about his kids and pondered a future set of gamers whose first video game console, Wii, included motion from day one. Last night, a 14-year-old gamer wrote me with a counterargument. Here's what he told me.
"I highly doubt the future of gameing is going to be with motion controlers. Im only 14, but i hate the Wii because its so active, and im a fit kid. The PS3's motion sensing controler [Sixaxis] is enough for me, thank you very much. If anyone really wants to hold a gun and play an army game, enlist in he army, and how would a motion sensing conroler work on a super hero game? Everybody I know over the age of 12 hates the Wii, and they believe it is only fun at a party.PS3 and XBox wont have to worry at all about the Wii. The Wii is a smart invention, but not practical. Use it in retirment homes and in physical therepy, but not in my living room. If i want to play tennis or go bowling, ill do it in real life."
Let's not focus too much on his misspelled words. How many of you know kids around this age? Is this a common perception of the Wii? You'll hear the same argument on video game message boards all the time, but it's hard to identify who's who on the Internet. Drop your observations in the comments, but if you'd rather just e-mail me directly, go right ahead.