Posting in a gaming discussion topic, I can't help myself, really.
The way I see it, so far this is by far the WORST 'generation' of gaming consoles, I could go into alot more detail than I'm going to but I'm just going to express my opinion on the subject in hand, gaming trends.
Nintendo: Now, I love Nintendo, I've been amazingly loyal to them up to the point where I would probably axe my leg off if it was the condition to own the latest Mario or Zelda title. But what I can't seem to understand these days is their current trend of taking us loyal customers and fanboys and (pardon my french) aquiring a rather spikey variety of plant and sticking it up our fucking arseholes. With the intorduction of the Wii, Nintendo has catered far too much to the typical 12 year old girl or 67 year old grandad casual gamer who see this little white stick of wonders being used to simulate 'actual' Tennis or take puppy for a walk and quite frankly that fucks me right off because it leaves us loyals to wonder why the hell the Wii is making so much money yet they're avoiding us like that fat goth girl in your class who tries to bite your ears off if you even glance in her direction for a second.
So, the Wii now has a Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart and a Super Smash Bros. title, which means it has churned out many of the regular Nintendo franchises that we so valiantly yearn for. But as a long time Nintnedo fan all I can say is WHAT THE FUCKING HELL? All of these games are at best 'pretty cool but nothing special', except for Mario Galaxy which I beleive has sun shining out of its behind and I would mass murder anyone who thinks otherwise, and the reason for this? Casuals. Casuals are buying the Wii far more than us true Nintendroids and it's making them much more than they ever expected it would, so, in effect, Nintendo are making their games more friendly to this niche of gamers (who are going to fucking pick MY BARBIE ADVENTURES over Super Smash Bros. Brawl anyway) and ruining it for us, I could go into the nitty gritty with Brawl but I'm not going to say anything else other than TAINTED TO MAKE IT CASUAL FRIENDLY.
The other thing that Nintendo have really annoyed me with is their complete lack of knowledge towards online gaming. Sure, it's "safe" and "secure" to hide my real identity and only play with people I know by sharing my 'magic' code but FUCKING HELL, COME ON, it makes shit twice as fucking hard to do becuase I can't simply add a user I see in one of my online matches to my friends list and see if he/she plays any other games I do, and to tarnish any comeback of "it's making it safe" all I can say is you shouldn't be playing games online with people, let alone HAVE the internet if you get convinced by some peadophile to visit his house to "play some Smash Bros. if you get my drift", which makes me realise that 90% of Nintendo users now must be about 7 and with some kind of mental disability. End of rant.
Microsoft: Well I guess I lied about this not going to be long but be rest assured I'm not going to write three god damn paragraphs venting my rage again. Along with all consoles this generation, Xbox also has it's flaws, it's main one being that it's hardware is so stupid it can't recognise the difference between 'play game' and 'blow up CPU', but everyone already knows enough about the RRoD for me not to go into it, besides M$'s main trend is to serve you every generic FPS game which features a 'real life' world coloured in dark green and shit brown with far too much bloom. In short, X360 pisses me off because of two reasons. 1. The console is suited for 12 year olds who have ADD and a desire to hurt other people as can be demonstrated by purchasing a copy of Halo 3 and playing online with your headset connected and 2. Because it's releasing an endless diarrhea of generic FPS bullshit that we have played a thousand times over, it's hard to find a game that's a) Not an FPS b) Actually decent c) well supported online play. I want to say more but I want to wrap this up as quickly as possible so;
Sony: Well, to start, I don't own a Playstation 3, so there, you can officially stop reading now as my opinions must be nothing but falsehood, but, I do know enough about it to note it's current trend and obvious flaw. That is it's lack of a good library. Ok, so that's all I can really gripe about, not having played it, but because they created some kind of "super-console" that was meant to be the golden beacon of light, developers have to spend so much more time and money that all they seem to be doing is developing their games not to the full extent of what the Playstation 3 can offer, but to the extent that it can also be released on the 360 because, let's face it at the moment the PS3 clearly isn't making enough money to make developers keep their Sony loyal franchises (GTA, DMC for example) on the black box.
Sigh I really didn't want to vent this much, but I get like this when I need to express my opinion about something.