|Nintendo be hatin' the Grand Theft Auto, yo!|
Mark Asher - News - 06/10/04 - Link
[Note to readers: Did I get that headline right? My kids aren't home to authenticate my jive talk, which I know isn't even called jive talk anymore. I had to wing it.]
Guess those low-hanging grapes that have brought Sony and Take 2 money in dumptrucks must seem pretty sour to Nintendo. The big N's European managing director David Gosen had this to say about games like GTA in a Game Industry.biz article:
Gosen was also critical of a number of other trends in the industry, picking out the current vogue for mature games in particular as a problem. "Grand Theft Auto, ultimately, is a dead end street," he told the summit, saying that "as a businessperson, I don't relish the role of defending our business from charges of gratuitous violence." You'd think, as a businessperson, he'd enjoy counting up the profits that a game like GTA would have made for Nintendo as an exclusive? Maybe he's just not a good businessperson.
Gosen also was upset that Microsoft was accelerating the lifecycle of consoles:
While he admitted that it was too late to change this cycle this time around, he argued that it was vital that the industry break out of it in the future - and he had some particularly barbed comments for Microsoft, for whom he claimed that games profitability "is not their key motivation" in aiming to launch the Xbox' successor during 2005, after only a four year lifespan for the original console. It was refreshing, at least, to see that Gosen has gamers' best interests at heart. He even explained how bundling games with a console was a bad idea and how having us buy the games instead was better.
"In every cycle, some manufacturer not profiting from the current cycle is eager to kick-start the next one," he commented, but went on to suggest that first-mover advantage was not necessarily as important as it may seem, quoting the example of failed consoles such as the 3DO which launched well ahead of rival systems.
"Every free game is taking away hours that could be spent playing games they had actually paid for - imagine that!" Oh, we can imagine it, alright. Hey David, do you have any twenty year old NES games we can buy? Yeah? Really? Excitebike for only $20? Such a deal!