Why do mainstream news agencies disregard the Wii?
I’m not going to get into the methodology of mainstream media, but I have to ask why does the Wii only make the “news” on these websites when it’s about broken controllers or long lines?
Up until now I’ve thought it’s been pretty fair, but recently it seems that 3-4 times a week I’ll find PS3 ONLY articles on the main pages of a lot of the major online news sites.
One of the big things that made me go, “what the fuck?” was when the PS3’s SIXAXIS controller had been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Technology and Engineering Emmy. No, seriously it has. Read.
Update: A day after this was published it came to light that Sony PURPOSELY lied about the Emmy to generate buzz, what a bunch of douche bags, Read.
Is it a case of the PS3 being better?
Apparently not, every video or TV report (by the same companies) seem to go on and on about how fun, innovative and great the Wii is, so why don’t these reports make it onto the written news articles?
Below are two “pro” Wii videos:
After all of Sony’s blunders and frankly, fuck ups:
Sony owns up to deceptive “viral” marketing and the AMAZING Sony blunder Time Line (over 40 f’ups) included in that link, yet they are still being covered daily for no real reason.
So, Why are there multiple (rambling PS3) articles a week on these sites talking about the PS3 on a day where the Wii sells over 4 million units to the PS3’s 1 million units, why would they report on the 1 million units that Sony has sold and not the Wii’s accomplishment?
The front page of Yahoo!’s tech page reads, “Sony ships 1 million PS3s in N. America”, which we all know is HALF of Sony’s goal, they do acknowledge this, but they talk it up like it’s no big deal and go on to say they will match Wii sales by March ’07. (which it may do)
Check out this article on the front page of Yahoo! on 1/08/07, here
Now briefly onto CNN, again they feature the PS3 on the main page talking about random “facts” about it, look at these twisted titles, view page:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ PS3 is a versatile piece of home entertainment equipment
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ PS3 plays almost all PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ $600 PS3 is one of cheapest Blu-ray DVD players available
It’s not that they hail the PS3 as the greatest, they just keep covering it. Take a look a Yahoo! or CNN every couple days and you’ll see PS3 articles talking about, well nothing really. They seem to just feel it’s good for page views (ratings) or maybe they’re part of that group of people that think the Playstation is an acronym for video games. This is the part I fear is true. When people (general audience) here “video games” they think playstation.
I overheard this multiple times, in particular at the Wii launch party in NYC on 10/18/06:
Passerby’s walking in front of the gigantic Wii countdown marque: “What’s all this?” “I think it’s for that new Playstation”
I heard this at LEAST 5 times or so, which is kind of odd for me because I grew up and still think that Nintendo = video games and Sony = Walkmen’s, TV’s, and other electronics. I know that’s naive with all of the Playstation’s success, but do ordinary people think buying a video game console means picking up a Playstation? I think the answer is yes.