Chris Hecker apologizes

I dedicate this post to anonymous commenter, who said I had no idea what I was talking about when I called out (and did what Reggie did yesterday to Phil Harrison) Chris Hecker of Maxis for calling the Wii “a piece of sh*t.”

Chris Hecker, from today:

I don’t know who has read the internet, yesterday. In a [unintelligible] panel I said a bunch of things. I was trying to be thought provoking and entertaining and fun and a lot of the stuff went too far over the top on the entertaining and fun side, so that it was no longer thought provoking, just inflammatory. And in the process I hurt a bunch of people I care about. And so, I want to apologize now.

When I’m on stage, I’m me. I’m talking talk from me. From me. I’m not representing EA or Maxis. I want to make two things perfectly clear.

I do not think the Wii is a piece of shit. Nintendo needs to be applauded for trying to interface on the controller front, the user interface front, on making games accessible, on making a console that you don’t need to mortgage your house to afford.

Secondly, it’s totally obvious, and I’m sorry that I implied otherwise, that everyone at Nintendo is passionate at making great games. Some of the games give me hope that we will be seen as an art form on par with movies and books.”

Basically, what happened was when Chrissy got off the stage he was promptly tackled by Will Wright for the crime of being a geek on a power trip. With the help of Infendo writing ninja David, here’s a look at what we think happened: “Straighten that ish out or I will bury you.” – Will Wright.