PS4 Is “Meh” – American McGee
When you’ve got a name like American McGee, you’re bound to have some sort of chip on your shoulder or at least an inherent dislike towards the rest of humanity with their nice, normal names. So while everyone else is getting excited over the PS4 and developers especially are rather keen to create games for it, the Alice creator is decidedly indifferent about it.
McGee was unimpressed despite the console’s focus on being developer friendly and believes the future lies on mobile.
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“I was hoping for innovation in control input. Didn’t see anything meaningful, so ‘meh,'” he told Forbes.
“It’s nice that they’re moving towards what looks like more developer-friendly hardware and indie friendly distribution. Remains to be seen if the appearance matches reality. Overall, I think this generation of consoles will struggle painfully against the momentum of mobile/online games we’re seeing globally.”
He believes mobile is the place where the real excitement is to be found, and that the real revolution will come with new interfaces and devices like the Oculus Rift.
“Ultimately, people are going to choose based on power, size and convenience – and I think we’re going to see devices emerging which change their form, function and interface depending on where or for what they’re being used. More than anything it’s interface that’s going to drive the most significant change – things like Oculus Rift will radically change people’s demands and expectations – that’s where the real revolution is going to start.”
“Nothing will be able to compete with full immersion and seamless interface being powered by a processor stack in your pocket.”
Oh and since he seems to love playing devil’s advocate, McGee also defended the broken and troubled launches of Diablo III and SimCity.
“Do gamers or the media think EA or Blizzard wanted things to go so badly at launch? Do they think all the screaming and gnashing of teeth actually helped resolve those issues more quickly?”
“There’s got to be a balance to the relationship. Just because you’ve given a restaurant your business doesn’t entitle you to throwing molten cheese fries in your waiter’s face if your margarita comes out frozen instead of on the rocks. People need to relax a little and stop turning everything into World War III – Gamers vs. The Man. There are no winners in that scenario.”
I agree that lashing out at the developers or publishers does no one any good but that does not mean we should not hold those parties responsible. They knew what they were doing and they chose to release the game in that state. If a restaurant (to build extend McGee’s example) promises you the most delectable meal of your life but instead gives you a half-cooked chicken which is likely to give you salmonella then you have every right to be outraged.