You won’t get an argument out of me. I completely agree with you. I don’t think motion control added anything at all for me. I guess that’s a lie, Wii Sports was really fun and Ricky, my entire family, and I got a LOT of enjoyment out of it. But honestly, that’s the only game I can think of where the game wouldn’t even exist without the motion controls.
I think it’s a gimmick and I wish it would go away. I mean, I like hitting a few buttons and watching the in-game character do some really fancy combo. I would hate the disconnect of me swinging a Wii-mote like a sword and watching the in-game character do a fancy combo. I would also hate having to do that combo myself over and over again. The kinds of games I enjoy don’t really lend themselves to motion control. Navigating menus to use potions really doesn’t need motion control :-p.
I guess that’s just it though, Project Natal might be(well, is) Microsoft’s answer to the huge “non-gamer” market of people. Nintendo and Microsoft said it themselves, they aren’t targeting you and me, they are targeting our parents. My dad does own a Wii, one that he plays a lot, because the control-scheme is easier to get used to than a traditional controller. The last console my parents played was Nintendo (possibly, Sega Genesis, but I’m not sure my brother and I ever let him actually play it.) and I’ve played Wii Sports with them for literally entire weekends before. They’ve planned get togethers with their friends around the fact that I was coming home and bringing the Wii (before they got their own).
I am thinking that is a pretty big market. And in terms of a company trying to make money, selling more units is a good thing. I think I was in the right saying Nintendo was “winning” the console race because they sold more units. If I were a company, I would measure my success in my revenue. I do completely agree with you that the Three-Six, and possibly the PS3 (haven’t played it myself) is better for someone who actually likes video games as they were last generation. But for people who want some new entertainment, I think these motion control suites, and some of the games that use them, would be a pretty enticing idea.