The voting channel is perhaps the least liked of all the current Wii Channel fare because, well, itâ€™s kind of campy and doesnâ€™t do much of anything. The current â€œquestionâ€ up for vote at the Everybody Votes Channel is â€œBy this time next year, I will beâ€¦â€ with â€œBetter offâ€ and â€œThe same/worse offâ€ as the choices. That said, I thought itâ€™d be fun to go outside the channelâ€™s scope and imagine how some of todayâ€™s video game industry figureheads would vote, and why (using my time machine, natch).
Chris Hecker, Maxis developer â€“ There was no â€œobscure and unemployedâ€ choice, so I chose â€œthe same/worse off.â€ After Will Wright tackled me in the moments following my GDC session and noogied me into one of the most forced and obvious video game industry apologies of all time, I was relegated to the Spore DS development team.
Phil Harrison, Sony â€“ â€œbetter offâ€ — Obviously. In September 2007, developers finally unlock the secrets of the Cell processor and create a tear in the space-time continuum. Game prices are readjusted for the best value prop possible and with the customer in mind. We think the new $120 price point will really resonate with consumers. And you havenâ€™t seen gaming until youâ€™ve played our latest Playstation Home creation, “In-game advertisement.” Oh, and using the Cell, I go back in time and scrub from history all of Sonyâ€™s PR flubs. Then I become president of the Internet.
Reggie Fils-Aime â€“ â€œbetter offâ€ â€“ Um, Phil, not so fast. Remember GDC? I owned you so bad at Shiggyâ€™s keynote that I listed you as a deduction on my taxes. In late 2007, an army of the elderly and female gamers take over the industry. Solitaire: Gears of War Edition and Cooking Mama 12 will be signature Wii titles.
Phil Harrison – â€œsame/worse offâ€ â€“ Correction, in 2008 Ken Kutaragi and I are fast becoming BFFL golf buddies.
Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo â€“ â€œworse offâ€ â€“ The wife-o-meter I mentioned in my GDC keynote bottoms out in late 2007 when Nintenplatypus fails to gain traction with non-traditional gamers. I rebound slightly however when the ensuing trial leads to development on Phoenix Wright: Divorce Court.
And now, your turn.