Peter Molyneux, the legendary game designer responsible for games like Populous, Theme Park and The Movies, has issued a warning to future games designers regarding the new motion sensing control pads – that gamers may be too lazy to use them!
In a speech made at this week’s big gaming event in Leipzig, the creator of Black & White warned developers that the new technology needs to be used in an innovative way. That the laziness inherent in games would need to be preserved to keep gaming popular:
“I’ve realised I’m an incredibly lazy person when I play games, and actually slouching back on the sofa, playing on my beer belly, is my most comfortable position. When I have to get up, it’s painful. I make noises and start grunting.”
First, let me start off by saying that I like Peter and I love his games. I don’t know him well enough to love him, but I suspect that might be the case if we’d spent more than a night together in a hotel room getting acquainted with each other. That just sounds wrong.
Anyway, Peter – I have news for you: We are getting OLD!
That’s why we make those noises when we get off the sofa. That’s why we have beer on our belly in the first place!
I suspect that “kids today” (man, I feel like Grandpa) are going to quickly adapt to the physical challenges of the Wii. And it is the controller that fuels my belief that the Wii is the only “true” next-gen platform. I know, I know… blasphemy!