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Friday, December 16, 2005

Nintendo Revolution Controller - Gimmick Or Innovation?

Nintendo Revolution Controller - Gimmick Or Innovation?

"The Nintendo Revolution controller a gimmick? or another Nintendo inovation?

I always find it amusing that the word "gimmick" is slapped on Nintendo innovations in gaming while companies like Microsoft and Sony who actually add gimmicks that have nothing to do with gaming such as media functions to play music and video never seem to be labeled with the same term

With the unveiling of the Nintendo Revolution Controller earlier this year, many people have expressed their skepticism. Some people feel that the controller lacks practically and will not be able to function effectively with games, while more harsh critics believe the controller is nothing more than a gimmick.

The company that tries to improve or innovate gaming is not a "gimmick". A "gimmick" is adding features that have nothing to do with gaming.

Wikipedia defines a gimmick as a “unique or quirky special feature that makes something "stand out" from its contemporaries. Product gimmicks are sometimes considered mere novelties, and not really that relevant to the product's functioning.”

It is no secret that there are more people using the PSP as a media player instead of a portable gaming console. Even in PSP television ads, Sony stresses how the console is so much more than just a hand held gaming system. Is the PS2 adding DVD playing functionality; is that a gimmick? The Xbox 360 is adding Media Center extension from a PC; is that a gimmick?" [more]

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