Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Mad World and Nintendo get slammed by the NIMF
Looks like The National Institute on Media and the Family is disappointed with Nintendo for letting a game like Mad World be released on one of their systems. Look at some quotes:
"The release of Mad World for the Wii brings violent video games to a once family-friendly platform," said Dr. David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family. "In Mad World, gamers use the Wii Remote to make the necessary physical actions to chainsaw an opponent in half, impale an enemy with a signpost or decapitate a victim with a golf club. MadWorld is another reminder that parents need to make sure they watch what their kids watch and play what their kids play.
"In the past, the Wii has successfully sold itself as being the gaming console for the entire family and a way to bring family-game nights back into people's living rooms. Unfortunately, Nintendo opened its doors to the violent video games genre. The National Institute on Media and the Family hopes that Nintendo does not lose sight of its initial audience and continues to offer quality, family-friendly games."
From reading that it's obvious that the NIMF doesn't really know Nintendo at all, Nintendo has been trying desperately for the past 8 years since the Gamecube launched to get developers to believe in them and make Mature games for their systems. While it started to happen a little with the Gamecube, it is really starting to happen on the Wii now that it's the market leader. Mad World is a strong indication that more games like this are on the way for the Wii. Nintendo lets the other guys worry about Mature content while they focus on what they've always done: making great games for people of all ages and not just the kiddies.