Tech: A Wii bit of idiocy
I really love my Nintendo Wii, but it's not a perfect gaming device. Here are some of my main gripes:
1. Virtual Console pricing - When Xbox Live Arcade is presenting well-done ports of classic arcade games for $10, complete with new features like online play, it's a bit silly to sell plain-jane emulated ports for $8. Unfortunately, there's about a snowball's chance in Hell that this is gonna change.
2. Weather Channel - Just released today, the Wii Weather Channel is perhaps the stupidest way to get weather forecasts ever. It gives you the weather from 13 hours ago - that's great, but how is the weather going to be like in the future? I don't see how past weather news is relevant, unless you possess a time-traveling De Lorean.
3. Upcoming third-party games - Nintendo, one of the world's largest and most successful game publishers, invariably releases games that are at least competent, and sometimes excellent. Ubisoft is porting a year-old Prince of Persia title with tacked-on motion controls. 3rd-party trepidation is always a self-fulfilling prophecy - faced with a choice between a good Nintendo game developed from the ground-up for the Wii vs. a shoddy port, which game do you think people will buy?
Rant off. :)