Saturday, March 13, 2010

Imitation is the Sincerest form of Rip-Off


Sony, Sony, Sony.

I loved the PS1. I loved the PS2. When the time is right, I will love the PS3.

But "Move"? For shame, Sony. For shame.

The design is the same.

The ads are the same.

And yet the product itself doesn't even seem to work as well as the already-in-our-hands WiiMotionPlus.
"My first impression of Sony's Move controller is that it has a lot of promise, but it's not quite there yet. But for the sake of this interview, let's assume it duplicates the Wii experience -- nails the controls and they work just as well as Nintendo's, if not better."

~Matt Casamassina, IGN in an interview with Reggie Fils-Aime

So, what have we learned?

Well, seems every gaming journalist with a "hardcore" following thinks Sony's Move is fresh, innovative and fun. I've already read dozens of articles in which the author treats Move like a breath of fresh air. As if the doors to Nintendo's dank, musty, motion-controlled basement have been flung open! "A ha!" they proclaim, "this is how motion controls should be!"

Somehow games with [party in the title] are now fun!
Non-games where you raise [furry little creatures] are now for "hardcore" gamers!

But, that's for the delusional "hardcore" media to think - it seems they will never change. Despite reports of lag and detection worse than the WM+, they are enthralled with the promise of the Sony Move.

For me? I'm just disappointed in Sony. They had a chance to take something good and make it better. I have always subscribed to the theory that "good artists borrow, but great artists steal." So I see nothing wrong with the essence of Sony Move, it's Business 101, for Pete's sake!

But in execution? Well, let's just say that it really seems half-assed. And even the most staunch Nintendo hater has to admit, Nintendo approached motion control with their whole ass. Good night.


Maxi said...

Yeah I don't get what sony is doing with this move. At least try to differentiate yourself with the controller as far as the look goes.

Gwaihir Scout said...

GameSpy is less than thrilled with the results:

Spiracy said...

great post. This is exactly what I'm talking about. If you're going to rip something off at least make it just as good if not better than what you're aping.

From what I've seen so far it's prett much like some school clique making fun of your clothes then turning around and wearing the same thing you wore and saying it's in style now that they're rocking it.

Greg Meyer said...

The whole Sony Move deal is a bit ridiculous. With all of their advertising lately, you would think they're in first at the moment. Sure, they have some great momentum going for them, but they seem confident that they're going to catch and ride the Wiiwave.

I personally think it's going to be harder than they think.