Not Everyone Still Wow’d by Waggle
Over at Wired.com, Clive Thompson has written an article on why he believes the Wii controller is just as artificial as a regular controller. I enjoyed the read and was pleased to know I wasn’t alone. His article was inspired by playing EA’s Skate which relies heavily on the thumbsticks to simulate skateboarding, and he comes to the conclusion they do a much better job of nailing that ‘realistic’ feeling that Wii promised and have not delivered.
I have yet to play a Wii game that didn’t annoy me with it’s controls. Someday that game may arrive that finally shows me that the Wii controller can be used in wonderful ways, and won’t make me wish I could just plug in the classic controller instead. We near the one year mark of the Wii, and I still can’t bring myself to finish Zelda: Twilight Princess simply because of how annoying it is for me to flick my wrist to do a simple sword swipe animation. Even more recently, Rockstar’s Table Tennis showed me how awkward it can be to try and use awkward button layout combined with poor motion controls.
Either way, agree or disagree with my growing dislike of Wii controls, the article is a good read. Check it out here: