Title: Non-Optional Wii Joke
Posted: May 02, 2006 (07:20 PM)
I just want to check in and say that yes, I've heard about the Revolution name, which is kinda stupid. Truly it doesn't bother me as much as the sophomoric crap that people have written about it. So I, feeling need for something different will say the obligatory joke and will be offering some creative explanations of the name and a link to an article that says its a brilliant advertising move, which it is.
I can't wait to play with my Wii.
Ok. Step one, done.
I think we all know that the system is called the same thing in Japan and in the USA. So the gamers across the pond have no problem with the name.
English is really popular and also a mandatory class in school, hence the "we" connection is plausible for the Japanese and likely that they had never heard of the second grade penis interpretation of "Wee."
Sound-wise, maybe its possible that they associate it with the "weeeeeeeeeeee" noise people make when going down slides or jumping off of swing sets. Having been to Japan, I assure you such an event is possible, they absorb the most random parts of English into their language. Also, ii, (pronounced ee)in the Japanese language means good. Perhaps its subliminal advertising, or just trying to be cute.
Recalling that ii means good, look at Wii as romanized Japanese. "W" and then "ii.". W isn't really a letter in Japanese, unless it is attached to a, or, rarely, an o. So maybe to the Japanese it seems like \/\/ii. In English, \/\/Good.
Now that I've covered the something as stupid and superficial as a name, I will compensate by pontificating and speculating about the demographics of it all.
Basically, the fact that games have jumped to the penis connotation proves to me the bulk of the gamers out there are hardcore sophomores with a dick joke where the cerebrum is supposed to be. And the press is far worse. Making this much stink over a name is as poor a choice of coverage as putting the Bush sisters on the front page when there is a war on. But, it as mike at gamegirladvance.com points out, plays right into Nintendo's advertising hands.
For a much more interesting and well-written article about how the "Wii" is the most brilliant advertising move in the history of videogames, check this out.
Posted: May 02, 2006 (10:38 PM)
I just realized something: the name "Wii" is troll-bait. If the worst thing people are saying about the Wii is that it has a stupid name, then that makes the system look like a pretty darn good purchase!
The name is seriously growing on me. Everyone will be saying that it's because I'm a fanboy and I like playing with my Wii (and to be fair, I can see the juvenile fun in such jokes), but really it's just because I'm getting used to it. When the name is thrown around and people get used to it...
Crap, I'm starting to sound like Perrin Kaplan. Somebody slap me!
Posted: May 04, 2006 (12:09 PM)
Deliver the games and I don't care if the system is called the SuperHappyFunbox. Also, would it hurt for those USB ports to be hard-drive compatible, and for indie developers to distribute their games for download on Nintendo Wifi?
Title: Well I got one wish:
Posted: May 15, 2006 (04:25 PM)
Apparently one can push indie content on their new system, so this still leaves me to ponder their hard-drive support.