GameCop vs. LameCop is a feature where Anthony and I argue about video game issues, playing the role of either the GameCop or the LameCop as we do so. We switch roles each time. The GameCop has your best interests as gamers at heart, while the LameCop is just what he sounds like: a total loser.
This week, we tackle several issues including multiplayer in single player games, Nintendo’s lackluster GTA: Chinatown Wars sales and E3 predictions.
GTA: Chinatown Wars may be one of the best games on the Nintendo DS, but has only been met with lackluster sales. Is this a sign of Nintendo’s theorized “casual market”?
I’m not really sure. I haven’t played Chinatown Wars, but from everything I hear, it’s a really solid GTA game, and those always do great in terms of sales. To be honest, it really could by a symptom of the problem that Nintendo could be creating for itself long term. This game in all rights should be a blockbuster title for their handheld system, and because of its adult nature, seems to have had lots of people shy away from it.
They insist that hardcore gamers use their systems, and while I’m sure they do, it seems that Nintendo may be creating a world where the only games they can make are light and easy. I hope this isn’t true, but you never know. Nintendo probably doesn’t care- they will still sleep easy on their bed of money tonight.
Casual market? Nintendo’s “casual market” is a fiction! Think about how scarce Wiis and DS Lites were for the longest time. You have to be hardcore to stake out the retail stores for days on end, calling the managers every day, bribing the UPS guys and bringing cookies for the stock boys in the back. GTA: Chinatown Wars failed simply because Nintendo fans have no idea what GTA is!
All they know is that lots of people die every year cause other people play GTA and they don’t want to become murderous bastards. It’s much easier to simply play Pokemon over and over than to branch out and try new things. That will teach Rockstar for trying to be the one company that succeeds with mature titles on the DS. How dare they expand their market base?
E3 is around the corner, and already we’re hearing rumors about PS3 motion control as well as 360 full body motion control. In addition, Microsoft claims that it will change the way we view home entertainment. Thoughts?
To be honest, I don’t think Microsoft and Sony understand what they are doing. The gamers have spoken. Those that wanted motion control games have all bought Wiis and those that don’t have either a 360 or a PS3. Those that wanted both, like me, have one of each.
Anything they do with regards to motion control will not sway the masses, who will view it as a cheap knock-off of the Wii and it will only anger their core customers and take resources away from more traditional games. I feel it is a mistake.
Are you kidding? A mistake? Look at all the money that Nintendo’s made with the Wii! It’s coming out of every orifice humanly possible, and they get to swim on that junk like Scrooge McDuck! I mean, maybe you don’t have the marketing “skillz” that people like I do, Anthony, but I can tell you right now that motion controlled 360 and PS3 games will be the “bomb”, “yo”.
First off, what soccer mom or old person wouldn’t want to play Super Halo Party 4: Cooking Edition Jumbo with their 4 year old kids every night? I know I would! Or what happy young couple wouldn’t enjoy a game of Metal Gear Bowling 3: Strikes of the Patriots before a nice evening out? The potential here is endless, and clearly, hardcore gamers are going to be all over that junk.
Recently, games like Uncharted 2, and other high profile and traditionally single player games have been caving to the pressure to add a multiplayer component for increased playability. Do these titles really need it? Fair/foul?
I think it depends on what the development time is for these multiplayer modes. Personally, I’d rather see a well-crafted and complete single player experience from an Uncharted 2 or even a Bioshock 2, which is also rumored to have multiplayer of some kind. I mean, have we really lost that much of an attention span?
Are games too expensive to just have a single player mode? I don’t know what the deal is, but I just miss the days of great single player story modes. Not every game needs a 10 man slayer or a capture the flag. Once I see Big Daddies tea-bagging little sisters, I’m done.
Oh, murdering Little Sisters to harvest their Adam is fine, but tea bagging draws the line? What are you, Keith Olbermann? Eddy, let’s face it, only anti-social losers want to play a game by themselves. I mean, so what if the multiplayer sucks on Uncharted? Look at Metroid Prime 2’s multiplayer: it was bare-bones and lackluster and all it did was piss people off.
Do you really think people have forgotten that? Naughty Dog obviously paid attention and is making sure that Uncharted’s online modes will be just as robust as Call of Duty 4’s or Halo 3’s. In fact, I am calling it now: Uncharted 2 will be #1 on Xbox Live by the end of the year. What’s that??? It’s a PS3 exclusive? They still have those??? Nevermind!
Now that you’ve seen the GameCop vs LameCop stance, what are your thoughts on these issues?