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NY Comic Con: Wii is Teddy Ruxpin, DLC is WTF


In a statement that he immediately admitted was going to come back to haunt him, Bethesda's Todd Howard quipped that he viewed the Wii not as competition, but "Like Teddy Ruxpin, or a Cabbage Patch Kid." The Fallout 3 producer echoed recent statements from several Sony and Microsoft execs at the NYCC panel, "MTV News and Newsweek's Video Game Clash--Vs. Mode Live", when he said that the Wii is not a competitor with the PS3 and Xbox 360 because the Wii is not, in fact, a videogame console; it's a toy.

Now, Todd Howard comes off in person as exactly the kind of guy that you want to be in charge of making games, and if he's making a mistake, he's certainly in excellent company. However, the inconvenient fact remains that the Wii actually is a videogame console: I'm pretty sure I was playing Chocobo's Dungeon on it the other day, and once you have Chocobos AND Zelda AND Resident Evil available, you're probably dealing with a videogame console there. The Wii is not a different product: It's the same product that has simply been bought by a wider range of consumers.

So essentially, the argument we keep hearing from a lot of otherwise intelligent videogame personalities is this: "Sony and Microsoft make delicious cake. Nintendo also makes cake, but for some reason a lot of the ice cream fans are buying it too, so their sales are better. From this we can safely deduce that their product must no longer be cake." Everyone involved should be too smart for this silliness.

Other interesting notes from the panel included an admission from Bioshock alum Ken Levine that downloadable content is just too new for anyone to know exactly how to manage it, in response to concern from an audience member that DLC is being exploited as an easy cash cow in recent games. In other news, no one in the greater NYC area is apparently capable of asking a question that takes less than ten minutes to explain.
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About GamingGoddessone of us since 12:13 AM on 08.27.2008

Links to all things Me:

My Personal Blog
Because I occasionally think about things other than games (I know-- for shame!)
Currently doing a 20-year history of Nine Inch Nails, because apparently I don't have enough projects that are HUGE TIME-SUCKING MONSTERS. Anyway, I try to keep anything that's videogames-related on Gaming Goddess, but there's a little bit of inevitable crossover.

My graphic novel, Sterling
There is some videogame-related stuff in Sterling, particularly Final Fantasy, but that's not really the focus. Meant for adults, so don't say I didn't warn you:).

My Twitter I'm very conscious of twitter-spamming, so I try to tweet only when I update one of my blogs or comics. Some people can get away with constantly tweeting charming little witticisms and it's neat, but I think if you have any interest in my twitter at all, it should be useful, never a nuisance.

About the name Gaming Goddess: No, I do not have delusions of grandeur! At least, not about games!
The origin of GG is this: My boyfriend's Mom is REALLY good at Space Invaders and games like that, leading me to dub her the "8-bit Goddess". We decided that 8-bit Goddess would be a really good name for the gaming blog that I wanted to start, except it would be false advertising since I personally suck at 8-bit games. So I changed it to the more general Gaming Goddess-- so I'm good at some type of games, I just don't have to specify which ones:).

Of course, if my boyfriend's awesome mom wants to start a blog, she can be the 8-bit Goddess, and I will bow to her in humble submission.

Favorite Games:
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy Tactics
Azure Dreams
Vagrant Story
Parasite Eve
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider II
Resident Evil 2
Metal Gear Solid
Izuna: Unemployed Ninja
X-Men Legends
X-Men Legends II
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Tenchu 2: Birth of the Ninja
Diablo II
.hack (the first batch)

Currently Playing:
I have decided to change this section to only what is in my consoles AT THE MOMENT as opposed to every game I'm technically in the middle of. Accuracy FTW.

DSi: Final Fantasy IV (It's amazing! Why did I wait so long?)
DS: ARMY OF MOOGLES, I mean, Final Fantasy VI
PS2: Odin Sphere
PSOne: Azure Dreams, Parasite Eve, Tomb Raider

Latest Fan Art:

Yeah, something new! Rydia's cool, people complain about the graphics in the new DS version of FFIV but I love the way the characters look...well, except for Rosa. The girl could use pants.

About Me:
I'm a starving artist/freelance writer/comic book artist/insert other vocation that makes very little money. If you're on Destructoid, chances are I am older than you. That kind of pisses me off.

Anyway, I'm working on some projects that I think might be of interest to some Dtoid readers, but I think I'll keep most of that stuff in my profile section, so the Cblogs won't be taken up with self-promotional posts from me. I'll add the info to my profile when I start my new comic and things like that.