The PS3 Is More Of A Party Machine Than The Wii
The answer is almost inevitable when you ask someone why they bought the Wii: "for the multiplayer," or something to that effect. They sure as hell didn't buy the thing for the software. Therefore, the Wii is always hyped as being the choice for social gaming gatherings of any kind, especially family-oriented.
...why? Just because everyone can wave an electronic wand around? Should we completely ignore the multimedia capabilities of the PlayStation 3? Here's just one example (and yes, I'm well aware that its entirely anecdotal): I just got back from a fairly large Memorial Day party that quite literally ran all weekend - ranging from languorous lapses to staccato bursts - and with a PS3 on the premises, the entertainment really didn't end from a video perspective. Not only could everyone sit and play any number of games, ranging from Guitar Hero to Killzone 2, but they could also peruse the PlayStation Store. Hell, the girls were downloading TV episodes and renting movies while the guys had several Blu-Ray flicks that, obviously, aren't exactly playable on the Wii. And oh yeah, there were games that included motion sensing, too - Rag Doll Kung-Fu, anyone? - so what exactly were we missing by not having the Wii?
As much as I applaud Nintendo for producing an electronics item that really caters to the non-gamers worldwide, this whole fallacy that the PS3 (and the Xbox 360) aren't as "good" for social gatherings and parties has to die. With the multimedia options on the two true next-gen systems, it's a no-brainer. People were uploading pics, setting playlists, downloading new demos, hopping on the still FREE Network, and in general, doing whatever they wanted. The PS3 wore many hats this past weekend, and besides some intricate wand-waving, it did everything the Wii could do plus a whole lot more. As I was driving home, I figured Nintendo should probably clarify that the Wii is best for social groups of a younger age demographic, while adults who party may be more inclined to give something like the PS3 or the 360 a chance. At this point, there's very little the PS3 can't do, and the capabilities will only increase in number and quality over time.
I watched one girl spend a solid hour decorating a space in Home. That just doesn't happen on the Wii. I'm sorry, but as time goes on, I'm finding more and more reasons to discount the Wii in my brain. So sue me. As I always say, I just calls 'em as I sees 'em. And yes peeps, I am back, and with E3 coming up, we're gonna go off the chain at PSXE and give you everything you desire. I suppose that may include my gaming and even non-gaming related rants, too! You know, if y'all want 'em... ;)
5/25/2009 Ben Dutka