In the world of entertainment, we often do not think about what goes on behind the scenes of our favorites films, music, television programming, and video games. We just see what we call the “surface values” of the entertainment we enjoy. It’s like with a piece of machinery. We don’t care how anything works, as long as it does. We only see the tv screen, and not the inner workings of the tv.

That’s really how it should be, because it says that whatever is working fine causes you to not worry about whether it is working fine. It just is, and that’s good enough for us. I’ve often said that people do not pay attention unless there is something terribly wrong in the midst. Or rather, you are at peace until thunder claps. Something disturbs you greatly, causing you to investigate thoroughly as to what is causing your disturbance. 

In video games, this is more commonplace than it should be. When we don’t like music or movies, we tend to easily ignore them for something else. Gaming is a much more difficult addiction to kick. This is a medium that you interact with. That you play with. So often times we forget that it is a piece of junk entertainment and mistake it for something real. We get too attached to it.

So when one finds something wrong with gaming, there is much more thorough investigation being done, almost obsessively, because we cannot find the obvious answers given as a final take on this issue. With an interactive medium that we treat almost as if it were real, this is only the case. Sega is one such company that requires a college major because they don’t have issues so much as they do encyclopedic volumes. 

Yet, the problem I find is not within the entertainment medium itself, but rather the people who investigate the problems within the medium. I recently read an article about Capcom’s downfall on destructoid in the author describes (in biased detail) why Capcom is shit these days. Heralding games like Okami and Viewtiful Joe in the same sentence as Resident Evil 4. Often times, there’s a lot of misinformation and/or disinformation given during the analysis of what is wrong with gaming, and it is often very apologetic. Capcom is primarily known for Street Fighter and Resident Evil. Very few people even cared about Mega Man X in comparison to the battle network series as much as it pains me to say that. Capcom is very much overrated due to their nature of catering to the hardcore gamers that make up 90% of video game message boards.

But what I find interesting is that when it comes to gaming, no giant has fallen from grace harder than Nintendo. And rarely do you find anything that spits any kind of truth against them. The most you have is one blogger that predicted the Wii would beat out the competition years ago. But other than that, you’d be hardpressed to find anyone going against Nintendo. One person Ive talked to described it as using a nerf gun against a tank. 

It’s actually not that difficult to come to the conclusion that Nintendo has been fucking up extremely. Everyone who plays games can feel it in their bones, and yet they do not want to admit this. We can easily deduce Sega is a fallen angel, as well as Capcom, Namco, Square, all these companies that have burned bridges with their fans are not excused from any critique, but when any discussion about Nintendo rises, apologetics is all you receive. Wind Breaker HD recently flatlined in Japan, and as expected, it is defended by all, especially Kotaku.

With Nintendo, any criticism of the company is first begun with praise of their long history of “fantastic” and “beautiful” games, all parading around the 3D Marios and the Metroid Primes and the equally as insane Majora’s Masks, rarely the NSMB series or even F-Zero GX if I were to go that far. Or really anything that came out on the NES and Super Nintendo. Their greatest hits came from N64 and beyond, strangely enough. After a long essay of their greatest achievements known to mankind, the description of their downfall begins, shortly followed by “I loved this company and their games but…” and then so on and so forth. I’m usually dissappointed in their analysis because they never get to the heart of the issue and provide more misinformation due to their extreme bias.

A lot of times, if one DOES go the extra mile and call them on their bullshit, I often find the rebuttals of how NIntendo “saved the industry” by making the NES or so on. It’s this historical contributionism toward Nintendo that enables them to continue doing what they do worst and may someday justify their actions due to the idiocy on the internet. H.C. which basically excuses the accused party of any wrong doings due to in part of their achievements of the past while ignoring their failures/crimes of the present. You will often see how celebrities like R.Kelly are often excused for their issues because they have “talent” and have sold records of untold millions or so. While other media fandoms have “grown up” in a sense, the gaming world remains in a fetal state of mind. Like we cannot see our childhood heroes as anything but.

When a game company starts developing mediocre titles, it is in our best interests to address the issues pervading the mediocrity rather than excusing them to create blasphemy after blasphemy. Our reasonings for not wanting to do so is fear is reality. That this hero who provided so many great childhood memories is just another corporation with their own interests in mind, not your satisfaction. It’s difficult for many fandoms to come to terms with that reality because in small part, it shows our lack of integrity and our naivete of trusting these companies, we even forgo our desires and justify why they should fuel their own instead of satisfying your desires. When you read interviews of Eiji Aonuma who pushed through with a Wind Breaker remake despite the company specifically telling him that people did not like said title, it is not some “struggle” to achieve a vision. It is someone who wishes to be selfish against your own wishes. We never ask ourselves if we really want the things that these companies wish to pursue. If it does not have your best interests in mind, then it should not be supported based on their history of giving you entertainment. That only says they “used to be” this good. What does that say today? That they’ve gotten WORSE!

It’s a sad day that the Pii U has yet to make people realize that Nintendo doesn’t have their back anymore.