Does Move Suffer Due To Woefully Out Of Shape Gamers?
I'm sorry, I just have to ask.
I despise stereotypes more than anyone, and as our PSXE Show viewers have seen, I don't really qualify for any of the standard hardcore gamer stereotypes. I also know plenty of gamers who are normal in size and social ability. The idea that all avid gamers are fat, lazy, and afraid of sunshine really irritates the hell out of me, especially when the anti-game activists make such rash assumptions.
But sadly, most gaming is sedentary and while the industry is now mainstream, most long-time gamers were the outcasts when younger; they were the nerds, the geeks, the opposite of jocks. Hence, they weren't in the greatest shape. And of course, as we get older and our metabolism decides to take a permanent vacation, it's even harder to get - and remain - healthy. Hardcore gamers tend to own systems like the PlayStation 3 and unfortunately, their history involves never moving when playing a video game. Fingers don't count.
The Wii is different. Don't freak out, Wii fans, it's true and you know it. Kids and senior citizens don't exactly qualify as hardcore gamers, and neither do most girls between the ages of 25 and 35. We're not pulling any punches, here. We're owning up to facts. The PS3 and 360, on the other hand - and who has heard anything about Kinect, recently? - tend to appeal to the hardcore; those who put gaming at the top of their hobby list. I really believe the PS3 is the ultimate hardcore console, too; the 360 has far more mainstream influence.
Therefore, at the end of the day, Sony is trying to convince the hardcore gamer that PlayStation Move is worth their while. And I'm just afraid that too many in the audience are woefully out of shape, and that's at least part of the reason why Move, while hardly a failure, isn't exactly a runaway smash hit. You do have to move a little with Sony's motion system, even though you can get away with just wrist action at times. At the end of the day, I have this sinking feeling that one enduring stereotype of the hardcore gamer remains at least somewhat true, and it's hurting PlayStation Move.
8/3/2011 9:07:34 PM Ben Dutka