I’ve never understood the idea of purchasing a product to show “support” for something. Unless proceeds are going directly to a charity or special cause. In the video game world, dropping money down to support some invisible idea really boggles my mind. For example, I have a friend that to this day will pick up any game with ‘Dynasty Warriors’ in the title. Not because the recent games themselves are any good, but because he’s always been a fan of the series and wants to see it keep going. Even if the latest iterations haven’t been worthy of a purchase.
That brings us to the topic of the day. In a Q&A session with ONM (Official Nintendo Magazine), Eric Nofsinger the Chief Creative Officer was asked how Wii owners would react to The Conduit. Here’s his answer,
“We were really hoping to raise the quality bar of games on Wii. All the developers and publishers we’ve talked to, I think they’re playing sort of “wait and see” just now. If it does well and the gamers support it, then I think we’ll see a lot more titles like this. Otherwise we’re going to see a lot more games with Fit and Sports in their name.”
What’s funny is that Nofsinger isn’t alone in his thought process. I’ve been to many sites, and read through many forums with people rallying support for The Conduit. I ask, why? The answer always reverberates back to — we want to see more games like it. See more games like what? Derivative shooters with bland A.I and a lackluster single player experience?
I’m being rather inquisitive today, and I’m going to keep going with it so here’s another question. Would you rather play the most amazing experience of your life in a Wii Sports game, or play a mediocre shooter or action game? Ponder on that as we move on.
While I would love to see more FPS games on the Wii, I’m not going to purchase a game to support that statement. What we should really be clamoring for is just more quality titles in general. Be it platformers, or shooters. In the ONM article I linked above, MadWorld is mentioned as a game that hasn’t performed well sales wise. The reason for that is because quite honestly it isn’t deserving of a purchase. The game is short, and the gameplay while fun the first time through isn’t worth playing through again. So, you’re left spending $50 (price has gone down now, so it might be worth your money) on a game that only provides 8-10 hours of entertainment. I might be alone in this, but I require more than that for a purchase.
If you have played The Conduit, and bought it because it provides you some fun and entertainment then that’s great. I hope the game provides you with hours upon hours of shooting frenzy. If the game is sitting on your shelf because you want to see more games like it, then please tell me your reasoning. Either way, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the situation.