December 2, 2006

Writing On the Wii

So I've not been writing enough as it seems my narrative style has gone stilted and my brain's vocabulary selection mechanism has come up short as of late, so I have to write a bit more to get back into the groove of things. You, my friends, will be the victims of this. Speaking professionally and Writing are very similar for me in that if I don't do enough of them, I am not as good at them. The last sentence as a case in point, how tortured is that?

Could I have written it better? For sure, here's a pass...

If I don't write, or give speeches for that matter, I get worse at it.

Ugh, too choppy, how about:

Speaking professionally and Writing are very similar for me in that if I don't do enough of them, I get worse over time.

Well, it's factual, but not very fun to read. How about...

I've found that if I don't speak before crowds, I get worse at it. The same is true of writing.

Not awful, and leads well into future sentences, I'll stick with the last form. Let's continue, shall we?

I've found that if I don't speak before crowds, I get worse at it. The same is true of writing. Accordingly, I'll now subject you to an essay about the Wii.

I think the Wii is nintendo's attempt to 'DSify' the home console. What do I mean by that? Well, if you look at the long history of the Game Boy, you'll see a steady , iterative advance of the handheld through Game Boy, to GB Color, GB Advance, Micro through to modern DS and DS Lite. This iterative approach maintains a certain amount of backwards compatibility, but not much of it, maybe 3 iterations or so depending. Comparing against the NES, SuperNES, N64, WII, you'll see a third of the offerings and it seems an interesting analogy might be comparing Nintendo's handheld offerings to web development while the consoles are more like packaged software, with long vistaesque release times and a concomitant expenditure on marketing and years of sunk costs.

As such, I think we'll see a DVD playing WII, an HD WII, multiple WII colors (Like my Blue one, above) , a super small WII, a stereo cabinet friendly WII, and a WII that will play DS games. I think they'll come out every year or so, and Nintendo will leave the big money iteration game to MS and Sony, to what end, I'm not sure anyone can predict, no matter how keen the various game blogs seem to enjoy slamming the two companies.

1 comment:

Rev said...

If I may suggest:
"I find that writing is a lot like public speaking. Impractice makes imperfect."
See you soon,
T