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The New York Times Calls Core Gamers Young Men Who Are Basement Dwellers

In a new article talking about the Wii U, New York Times writer Seth Schiesel uses a rather terrible image of core gamers to make his point about the Wii’s success.

Six years ago, while much of the video game industry continued to obsess over explosion-addled young men in basements, Nintendo had the gumption to move in a different direction with the introduction of the Wii. It was built around a vision of families having fun together in living rooms.

So that’s the stereotype for mature people who want to have fun with games? We all live in basements? We’re obsessed with Michael Bay movies? Oh, and that’s all ‘young men’?

Hmm… yes, you see that goes against what I see in my own life and I’m sure plenty of yours. I enjoy games like Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space, and Heavy Rain because of the mature themes, emotional experience, and engaging gameplay. Do I still enjoy games like Zelda and Mario? Absolutely. I grew up on games like that. However, that’s the key, I grew up. My tastes began to differ from what I used to get into. People change Mr. Schiesel. It’s a way of life. Change occurs. Praising Nintendo because they kept the same focus throughout the years is fine. That is their company’s motive. However, to insult a large portion of gamers because of the games we play is unprofessional.

Also, all of the female gamers I know enjoy the same type of games I said above and are in no way “explosion-addled” or live in basements. Also, I’m not a Michael Bay fan in the slightest.

The Wii’s success was due to the innovation Nintendo put into it. However, you can look at software sales and see that anything not made by Nintendo suffered greatly. That’s not the point of this post, though. The article on New York Times also goes into how the PlayStation  and Xbox 60 were less approachable and how the Wii and smartphones like the iPhone have reshaped personal lives and entertainment. Some of the most successful games on the iOS are mature-themed ones like Infinity Blade, Mass Effect Infiltrator, and Dead Space. Also, one of the most successful third party games on the Wii was Madworld, an M-rated game. You could also make a case for Metroid Prime: Corruption, which is obviously no where near the attitude or likeliness of Mario or Zelda. Samus’ adventure were always more dark and brooding.

I don’t mind that Mr. Schiesel wrote this article, promoted the Wii U, and gave his opinion. Hell, I’m doing the same thing right now. However, that quote at the top of this post is a stereotype about non-family gamers that needs to die out quickly. When you look at games like Beyond: Two Souls, Watch Dogs, and The Last of Us (all games revealed at this E3, by the way) you have to wonder who really is pushing the gaming industry forward.



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