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For once, a non WoW entry from me!

I bought a Wii over a year ago.  It was a happy day.  My girlfriend and I scooped it up, one of five remaining consoles, and purchased it with Wii Play and Metroid Prime.  We played the shit out of it for awhile.  I got a few more games for it, all of them fun.

Then I got the Xbox 360.

I won’t lie to you, I mostly bought it for Halo 3.  I adore the game, the story, the online play.  I also knew that every game coming out in the future that I was at all interested in was for the 360, so it was a good purchase in the long run.  And with Netflix, HD-capable games, Rock Band (and it’s DLC), I haven’t been sorry once for the purchase.  Meanwhile, my Wii gathers dust, except when my girlfriend Shannon dusts it off to do a little Wiifit (which she loves).

The Wii should be doing better.  If you’ve played any first person shooters on this thing, it far surpases any sort of controller on the 360.  Metroid Prime 3 was INCREDIBLE.  But for some reason, the Wii has decided to not be a console, but instead a toy.

Wii?  Sit down a minute.  Let’s talk this out.  I have a few ideas to make you a better system.

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Forgive me for the academic subject for this mornings post, but my colleague MJ clued me in on this from the Economist about the durability of the gaming industry. There are some interesting points in here, including their assessment of the cyclical trending of the industry.

Every few years a new crop of consoles is launched, spurring a wave of sales as gamers upgrade. During the cycle the prices of the consoles fall, bringing in more buyers. Each cycle is bigger than the last as gaming becomes more popular and the average gamer becomes older and richer.

This is a good look at how the current generation is dominating the last one, which dominated the one previous, and so on and so on. The article continues to discuss what I told Microsoft when my Xbox broke – that working males in their twenties “who regard gaming as an important part of their lives, rather than a form of discretionary spending” are their bread and butter. I couldn’t agree more.

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Ok I know I might lose some of you by posting about Wii, but I couldn’t help myself when it came to this rumor about a supposed co-op Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for the Wii.

I’m down for this though, granted I own 1 Wii game (smash bros) and barely play it, but I bet if the circumstances and the people were right, I could do a little fourway action. Shotty Raphael!

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