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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012 6:00:07 PM PST
http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/11/09/peter-molyneux-on-the-future-of-touch-control

IGN: What are your thoughts on what Nintendo is doing with the Wii U overall?

Peter Molyneux: I struggle to see anything amazing coming out of Nintendo. There are a few, ''Oh, that's smart,'' but there's nothing that makes me rush out as a consumer to buy the new device. I'll give you a great example of how tech should be used. It's what Nintendo did with the Wii when it first came out. They introduced motion control. They were one of the first companies to introduce motion control and they had a fantastic Wii Sports Game. As soon as I picked up the controller and started waving it around, I got it. I already understood it. But I'm not sure there's a same sort of application out there for Wii U. I think to myself, ''Well, what's the reason to get it?'' Do you see what I mean?

IGN: I do. I've tried out a lot of the launch games and outside of the Nintendo games like NintendoLand and Ubisoft's Rayman Legends and ZombiU, there's not a lot of innovations. And I did find it challenging, even while standing at the kiosk, focusing on both screens.

Peter Molyneux: There you go. I had exactly the same experience. I played those games and I thought, ''That's cute.'' But the psychology of making a game is hard enough because plasma screens are so big now. It's hard enough to get the player to move their eyes from the center of the screen to the borders.

When you're designing a game for a plasma screen you've got to really flash the corners of the screen. You've got to get movement in, otherwise people don't notice anything in the corners. Getting people to move their eyes from the screen down to their laps is incredibly hard. There has to be some huge motivational thing like the words coming up, ''Look at your GamePad now.'' If you're going to do that, from a design perspective that sounds a bit clumsy and complex.

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People don't like the man, and Nintenfans are going to simply dismiss his points, but it makes sense. Maybe too much sense from the ol' Molyster.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:03:13 PM PST
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Zen Kaizoku says:
Sometimes I don't understand the so called "professionals" of the industry our favorite hobby calls home. Enter Peter Moleneux, this man is what you call a relic. Not to be mean or disrespectful to his remaining fans (the few they are) but what the hell do you still see in him?

I know, he created Populous an absolutely horrid game IMHO but that's my opinion, he created Black and White, basically founded the God game genre and most importantly - at least where I'm concerned - he's the creator of Fable. Ah, Fable and it's better version Fable: The Lost Chapters, how fondly I still think of you, you may have been my favorite Xbox game ever. To heck with Halo, you were the sole reason I wanted an Xbox - being cool be damned - I loved you.

Notice I said loved... then came fable II with Moleneux's grandiose promises - very little of which actually were fulfilled, and Fable III which was... well... yeah. Then came the dark ages, Fable the journey and Fable Heroes - MY GOD MAN! What you done? And that's the question of the year, what has this man done recently to earn this continued awe and respect. I swear when this man opens his mouth the rest of the world stops and holds their breath. Me? I stop to tie my laces then continue walking.

So the Esteemed Mr. Moleneux says he doesn't see the point of touch based games right after releasing his touch based game "Curiosity". Way to back-peddle there friend, now if anything is curious, that certainly is.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:05:27 PM PST
Aku says:
Really? The dude lost his damn mind and spends his days creating a tap-a-cube phone game. And even that is plagued with server issues and glitches. He's the last person I'd go to for hardware insight. Or ANY insight.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:05:28 PM PST
Who do you think would win in a fight, Molyneux or Myamoto?

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:15:48 PM PST
There has to be some huge motivational thing like the words coming up, ''Look at your GamePad now.'"

Odd. I didn't have this problem with Dreamcast. In games like Code Veronica I depended on the VMU display.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:17:25 PM PST
Miyamoto wins. Flawless Victory. Fatality.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:18:41 PM PST
Zen Kaizoku says:
Molenuex would probably win if you're talking a fistfight, but in terms of game design? Don't even get me started.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:19:45 PM PST
Lol, funny how when someone says something we disagree with, they become a "so called "professional" of the industry" (ignoring the fact that the man has made games that have sold millions)
But when the opposite happens, we say "man's a genius"

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:21:26 PM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
I'd rather buy Fable 4 than anything Nintendo puts out.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:22:17 PM PST
Is Flores really so butthurt over the Wii U that he is defending the creator of Fable?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:24:07 PM PST
To be fair, the three numerical Fable games are pretty great.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:24:24 PM PST
Zen Kaizoku says:
Yes, yes he is. What a sad situation.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:24:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2012 6:27:59 PM PST
He is still a game designer with a reputable pedigree, and not a "so called professional"
Regardless if I like the games he makes or not.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:27:37 PM PST
His points do make sense though, outside of DS-like minigames, and moving the inventory/map tabs to the bottom screen, Nintendo is in a ''prove it was worth the extra cost'' situation. They may very well prove it too, they are the throbbing N after all.

The idea of a more powerful playground for Ninty's franchises is great, and that's what the Wii U represents, but Molyneux does raise an interesting challenge that will have to be overcome.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:29:40 PM PST
Zen Kaizoku says:
Yes, but when you have nothing new to contribute to the industry, you go away. In a company you receive your severance pay, et cetera. You retire.
And for the record I've never said Moleneux's a genius - perhaps once - at Fable: The Lost Chapters credits. Since then this man's been nothing but a nuisance.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:29:41 PM PST
No arguments there and I agree. It's just funny to see Flores have such strong antipathy against Nintendo that he defends someone who was so close to Microsoft.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:34:49 PM PST
And you have your head so deep inside Myamoto's arse that you choose to ignore when someone makes valid points that go against your beloved N.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:36:40 PM PST
User says:
Will it be awkward to look away from the screen? of course, for a period of time. we`ll get used to it. eventually it'll be second nature.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:37:00 PM PST
We should all be a bit skeptical after the Wii.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:38:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2012 6:39:24 PM PST
Wait...I thought you had Xbot fantasies about me? Now it's the Big N for me? What changed your mind?

In any case, I didn't ignore Molyneux. I just disagreed with one of his points based on my experience playing video games with more than one screen (Dreamcast, using GBAs as Gamecube controllers, DS, 3DS...)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:39:46 PM PST
Zen Kaizoku says:
Come on Flores, really? You gonna go there? Your entire presence here in this thread, revolves around the fact that this has-been said something negative about Nintendo. And we all know you start getting a bit moist whenever that happens. Behave yourself.

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Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:44:17 PM PST
I kind laugh over stuff like this when I read articles like this talking about how the Wii-U is going to change how we play games:

"I've had the Wii U for one day, and the way I play console games at home has already been forever transformed. I think you should know how. It's the only rational reason I have for sharing half of the floor plan of my apartment with you. (Please don't turn it into a Counter-Strike map!)

If you're at all interested in the Wii U, this is important.
Nintendo sent me a Wii U earlier this week. I got it yesterday and took it home. I set it up in my living room (you can see its location in the floor plan above). I powered on the new Super Mario Bros. game it's launching with. The game's graphics appear on your TV and on the Wii U's GamePad-the signature controller with the six-inch screen-at the same time.

I looked down at the GamePad.

I started playing.

Then I started walking around my house and learned the three things about the Wii U that will literally reshape how I play console games at home.

See, most consoles force you to play their games on your TV, so I can only play an Xbox 360 game on my TV. The PS3 clumsily does let you stream some games to the PSP, but I could never get that "Remote Play" feature to work. (I should try it with my Vita but haven't yet.)

The Wii U, however, lets any game that supports "off-TV play" run on the controller. This controller is wireless, which means... maybe I could play New Super Mario Bros.-oh, I don't know-in the bathroom?

Nintendo suggests that the GamePad can work up to a range of 26 1/4 feet, but that's presumably under ideal conditions: big open rooms, through thin walls, etc. I live in a pre-war condo in Brooklyn New York. The walls are thick. My WiFi router, which is in my bedroom, can't get its signal through more than two walls (it gets into my dining room but not beyond into the kitchen). So... the Wii U?

The results of my test:

The GamePad can still play Mario when I go to the far end of the living room, meaning, I can give up the TV to my wife, plug headphones into the GamePad and continue playing a Wii U console game at the other end of the room, while she's using the TV. This is a very good thing.

The GamePad can still play Mario when I go into the bedroom and lie on my bed, which means that I can stay up late, in the dark, playing a Wii U console game. I can also leave the GamePad on my nightstand, power it and the Wii U on with a press of the GamePad's power switch and start playing my console in the morning-without getting out of bed. Note: this may have a radical effect on my ability to play Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer at strange hours.

The GamePad cannot still play Mario when I'm in my bathroom. Hell, it can't even reach my bathroom. The signal fails when I begin to walk down the hallway. I can't even get past the coat closet let alone to the door that follows, which leads into my bathroom. Thus: the Wii U will have to wait when it's time for me to go to the restroom.

I'm not sure I can effectively convey how odd it is to have these new options for playing console games at home. It's not quite like the shock I felt in the late 90s when I got a cell phone and was suddenly able to make phone calls while walking down the street, but we're in the same ballpark at least. It's impressive and exciting to have these new options, and I'm curious to see how widely-implemented the support for off-TV play will be. I'm also curious if advances in tablet gaming and dedicated handhelds will diminish how impressive this is in the coming years. But, for now, the prospect of playing a new console Zelda in various rooms of my house? I'm into it.

A few extra notes about the test I ran: 1) The GamePad also ran Mario when I went out my apartment's front door, closed it behind me and walked halfway down the stairs. 2) As you reach the GamePad's outer range, the framerate of the Mario game begins to get choppy, but, oddly, the chop is more pronounced when you're walking to that outer range and then smooths out if you stand still. 3) I've only tested this with New Super Mario Bros. U and therefore have no idea if any of these tests would have gone differently with different games. I don't see why they would, but you never know.

We'll have tons more on the Wii U in the days and weeks to come. The system will be out on November 18.

http://kotaku.com/5958862/my-wii-u-is-in-the-living-room-but-i-can-play-its-games-in-my-bedroom

Gee Molyneux I thought there was nothing innovative coming out of Nintendo...

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:44:50 PM PST
You guys formed a nerd Voltron of crappy internet posts to take down ol' Flores.

He must really get under your skin, else you guys would surely not have to mob and throb, getting excited to try to tear down someone's opinion like it was a nuclear weapon.

*Broadly Land0wned*

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