Dear Media: Mobile Gaming is Not Going to Replace Consoles, STFU
Now I understand that journalism isn’t a science, nor do I claim to know everything, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that mobile game is never going to replace consoles. So media outlets please STFU and stop making gloom and doom articles about it.
Or more importantly stop hailing Angry Birds as some mega game that is redefining the genre. You know why Angry Birds is popular? Because it’s the shallowest gaming experience you can find outside of Solitaire. Theres no story to keep you engaged, no plot development to delve into and no stats to manage. You simply throw various types of crazy ass birds at crap while in the grocery line or the airport. Angry Birds is not a full-fledged game, it’s no Halo, no Castlevania it’s just the stringy parts of whats left over after a real game is made.
Now that’s not say that it isn’t fun, I in fact have Angry Birds downloaded on my phone. But when I get home I don’t say to myself “I got an hour to spare, gotta get some angry birds time in!” I don’t text my friends about it, and I’ve never lost a night playing it till I passed out. Angry Birds simply does not carry the weight of a modern console video game.
Mobile gaming is a fun distraction while you wait to get back to real life. It will never EVER replace true console/pc gaming. And apparently the ones who haven’t figured out are the non gamers in the media. It seems like every week I read an article hailing the death incoming death of gaming since Angry Birds has sold like a gajillion copies.
Angry Birds doesn’t inspire me to buy a $100 collectors edition for an awesome bird statue. No one is willing to stand in a line for a midnight release of Angry Birds in Space. There aren’t comic, movie and book tie-ins with it either.
You know why Angry Birds cost $1?
BECAUSE ANYMORE THAN THAT WOULD BE A CRIME.
I’m just sick of people at Yahoo News and CNet overestimating the appeal of mobile gaming and undervaluing TRUE gaming. Gamers are willing to pay $60 for a game because there’s real value. Mobile gaming is meant to be light and carefree, something to do on the go and nothing more. While there is no doubt its a lucrative field that is starting to see some genuinely good games (Infinity Blade), it was never meant to replace traditional gaming and it never will.
Anymore emphasis on trying to make mobile gaming dominate will just create a fad. Something akin to the Nintendo Wii.
And tell me, hows that Nintendo Wii working out again?