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Why virtual reality gameplay makes Miyamoto feel uneasy

Thursday, 19th June 2014 10:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U is in direct contrast to virtual reality gameplay, according to Nintendo’s game boss Shigeru Miyamoto. He’s said that while the firm is interested in VR tech, that’s not how it wants Wii U players consuming games.

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It follows our gallery of photos that show Miyamoto being the happiest person at E3 2014 last week. Look at him smile.

Speaking with TIME, Miyamoto offered his thoughts on VR technology such as Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, saying, “When you think about what virtual reality is, which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U.”

He added, “So I have a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not that’s the best way for people to play. From Nintendo’s perspective, there’s interest in the technology, but we think it might be better suited to some sort of attraction style of entertainment, say something at a video game arcade or things like that, rather than something that one person plays alone.”

Miyamoto stressed that Nintendo is still interested in VR technology, but made clear that its aim for Wii U is to craft games that can be played by everyone in their living room.

“We want the Wii U to be a game system that brings video gamers into the living room,” he closed. “It’s intended to be fun not only for the person who’s playing, but also for the people who are watching.”

Do you agree with Miyamoto’s stance on VR? Let us know below.

Via MCV.

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15 Comments

  1. jonnymelamet

    I completely agree with him and I think this is a great way for Sony to make money from VR as well.

    If they start to introduce VR arcades with viable VR, it could be what makes Morpheus an economically viable project as well as bringing people back to arcades.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Digital Bamboo

    Can’t blame him. We all know how the Virtual Boy went.

    It would be amazing if arcades actually made a comeback in the West because of VR technology.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    Well, that’s kind of a ‘fuck you, introverts,’ isn’t it? This, from the regressive company that dislikes gay people, strong women, and now introverts. Wow, Nintendo, can you make yourself look any more low brow at this point?

    Introverts recharge by having alone time to spend in their imagination, or with similar creative endeavours. VR would be the gaming equivalent of having some quiet time with a book, and I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. Frankly, I’d love to see a good VR system running something like, say, Gone Home. Or a Myst game.

    Extroverts recharge with parties, getting drunk around other people, and generally being noisy and unintelligent. At least, that’s been my ongoing experience with them, which is why I separate myself from them as much as possible. My last experience with extroverts was at a lady friend’s place, which involved a bunch of teenage boys, on a couch, drunk, and yelling racist expletives at Call of Duty. That was fun.

    Welp. I have no problem thinking of NuNintendo as low brow. Back in the SNES days, they were just as much so. They became interesting around the time of the Gamecube, then they collapsed back in on themselves.

    Thanks for convincing me not to buy a Nintendo console, Miyamoto! I’ll admit, I was mildly considering it, but now it’s completely off.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. VTchitcherine

    Apologies to the staff for this digression, but it really needs to be done.

    @TheWulf

    There isn’t enough time before the heat-death of the universe to express in how many ways you’re a remarkably narrow-minded and hypocritical person who externalises their own prejudices and failings onto others without a hint of self-awareness. Everyone is ignorant about everything to some degree but it’s an especially loathsome person who espouses superiority, even implicitly based on that ignorance and resulting assumptions. Please, allow me to demonstrate by substituting some nouns in your post;

    White people recharge by having alone time to spend in their imagination, or with similar creative endeavours… Black people recharge with parties, getting drunk around other people, and generally being noisy and unintelligent. At least, that’s been my ongoing experience with them, which is why I separate myself from them as much as possible. My last experience with black people was at a lady friend’s place, which involved a bunch of teenage boys, on a couch, drunk, and yelling anti-Semitic expletives at Call of Duty. That was fun.”

    Also particularly anti-intellectual, not to mention immoral, is your citation of anecdotal evidence to justify smearing hundreds of millions, if not billions of people you’ve never met; the same contemptible pathology I typically only encounter in the very most odious people, like Islamophobes or white supremacists. This from a person who claims to abhor prejudice and bigotry, invalidates your supposed principles; it’s merely a cudgel in your hands against a different Other. It’s like the Pharisee wailing loudly in a temple or the US condemning the human rights record of other nations… utterly meaningless.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    @TheWulf you know that introvert kids, can be helped with the nintendo style of multiplayer games. Personally iam a very introvert person in nature, but thanks to external factors i can now move from both sides of the expectrum. For me the extremes are bad, introverts or extroverts, the best thing is to be on the mid field between the two

    At the right times, you can be introvert, at the right time you can be extrovert, finding that healthy balance should be the aim, for the people that are on the end of both extremes, VR and Wiiu, both help with that, be happy for both options existing.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. Clupula

    What? Someone from Nintendo being resistant of new technologies? Imagine that!

    #6 6 months ago
  7. bradk825

    2 words people. Total Recall.

    Yeah. Fuck yeah. Bomb dropped.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. bradk825

    @6 that doesn’t seem fair… Controll pad, light gun, powerglove (failed but they did go with it and try something), motion control, second screen…. the list goes on.

    #8 6 months ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    @bradk825 thats fine, and i do agree with you, however, keep in mind for some people, those might not count, thats the problem with listing things, people will judge them based on their view and preferences, and mindset, therefore what do you see as something with value, others dont.
    P.S this Is not aimed at cupula, just a general issue on the internet.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. bradk825

    @9 True enough about value, but it’s unfair to make a statement that Nintendo doesn’t do new tech when they’ve been embracing new tech from the beginning until now. Just because someone doesn’t value said tech doesn’t make them right. But yeah, I get what you mean.

    #10 6 months ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @4

    Copying Shatner’s style or Shatner?

    #11 6 months ago
  12. Stardog

    @TheWulf

    Agreed. This reminds me of the Nintendo that banned RPG’s from the N64. It’s another laughable decision from a company that should be embracing all game types.

    @VTchitcherine

    Your post is that of an insane person. Please leave.

    #12 6 months ago
  13. infernalism

    @Stardog, let Mr. Introvert fight his own battles. I personally haven’t really enjoyed a Nintendo console since the days of SNES, but I found VTchitcherine’s summary of Herr Wulfe’s input on this site to be well reasoned and quite accurately put together.

    #13 6 months ago
  14. Gheritt White

    @Stardog I’m sorry, but who the cunt are you to be telling people to leave? If you want to suck on wulfy’s e-peen, there’s plenty of articles in which to do, so you’re in luck there at least,

    #14 6 months ago
  15. polygem

    @monkeygourmet
    i think he has even two accounts now. i have spotted another suspect – maybe i am just paranoid though.

    #15 6 months ago

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