Cliff Bleszinski Likens The Wii To A "Virus"
Posted by Damien McFerran
Outspoken designer agrees with earlier comment by ex-Epic colleague
Back in 2008, Epic's Mike Capps described the Wii as a "virus" which infected gamers in the short-term but didn't leave any lasting impression.
It's a virus where you buy it and you play it with your friends and they're like, "Oh my God that's so cool, I'm gonna go buy it." So you stop playing it after two months, but they buy it and they stop playing it after two months but they've showed it to someone else who then go out and buy it and so on.
Years later, former Epic colleague Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski has backed up Capps' assessment:
If I departed from Epic every time I said something dumb I wouldn’t have made it the last 10 years there. (P.S. Mike Capps was right…the Wii was a virus after all.)
Bleszinski rattled a few cages recently when he predicted a future where Nintendo only makes software, but he's no hater — he had positive things to say about the Wii U prior to its launch, and has repeatedly stated that he's a big fan of the company, having grown up playing Nintendo games.
Do you think Bleszinski — and Capps — have the right perspective on the Wii? While the console has provided a great many classic titles, it's fair to say that everyone knows at least one relative who bought one off the back of Wii Sports and used it for months rather than years.
When you shift almost 100 million units worldwide, is it not almost inevitable that some of those systems are going to be gathering dust in cupboards? Post a comment to tell us what you think.