Wii U a '$400 Xbox 360 seven years late'

by Gaetano Prestia Featured 19 Comments 21 Votes 1166 Views 16/08/2012 Back to News

Darksiders 2 senior UI designer, Xander Davis, has called the Wii U a "$400 Xbox 360 seven years late" when asked whether or not he had worked on the upcoming console.

Mr Davis said he hadn't worked on any Wii U version of anything, to which he also quipped, "luckily".

"Anybody buying any Wii U game that's a port is probably buying it almost exclusively and specifically for how it can play differently through the Wii U's alleged innovated UI," he said.

He believes that, while Wii U presents interesting possibilities for developers with its "alleged innovative UI", it forces them to "do it right".

"You HAVE to innovative on the UI. You HAVE to enhance game mechanics and gameplay in a MATERIAL way that justifies all the hassle and a $400 Xbox 360 seven years late," he said.

Mr Davis isn't confident that developers are "truly giving it the kind of proper UI design and thinking it deserves."

Of the people he's spoken to that have played Wii U games he said they detailed that "the games pretty much suck and the tablet is pretty much a complete gimmick."

The tablet is also apparently tethered and wireless, according to Mr Davis, and it will take publishers a while to make good games for it.

"I can only speculate, but as a UI designer applying experienced critical thinking to game mechanics UI and the Wii U tablet, none of it makes sense to me to truly add value to gamers, even if you try."

Source: Not Enough Shaders

By Gaetano Prestia

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Harsh, bad valid IMO. Poopstorm incoming citing the other developers who have praised the Wiiü
Ouch! [WTF] From what I've seen in development already, I'm convinced the Wii U is no gimmick. It's currently my only wanted next gen system. Sony and M$ are going to need much more than just a spec bump to tempt me into a new Xbox or PS.
Wow this guys makes me lol he hasn't worked on it but has so much negative things to say wow thats like me saying oh i ent watched a movie but i dont think its great. Although all my other mates have watched it and have all said how kickass it is. Everyone who has played or worked on wiiu has said how great it is he even contradicts hiself stupid fool what a nob lol.
He's actually pretty spot on. Aside from the fact that it'll be more like a $500 Xbox for us.
UI Designer? Why doesn't he do something actually important in the industry besides working on the background features of B titles from a near bankrupt THQ, then talk about Nintendo's moves.

This has to be the most ignorant statement I've heard about the console since the reveal. He should hand in his resignation.
You'd be surprised how many games fall flat because of poorly designed interfaces and menus. It's actually quite difficult to balance the number of menus with information in a way so that a player feels that they have ready access to everything without having to bring a packed lunch, and without being overwhelmed by having to process a whole lot of information at once.

He also has one of the more relevant opinions on the matter, considering how oneof the main focuses of the Wiiü is supposed to bring a better interface to the player
lol read that this morning. Crybaby much? [MOG]

Chris502 said: UI Designer? Why doesn't he do something actually important in the industry besides working on the background features of B titles from a near bankrupt THQ, then talk about Nintendo's moves.
This has to be the most ignorant statement I've heard about the console since the reveal. He should hand in his resignation.



I actually think he has funnily enough lol

Beta said:

Chris502 said: He should hand in his resignation.


I actually think he has funnily enough lol


He was actually fired by Vigil Games :P

From reading other articles on this guy he has been criticising as much as he can about many other things, he just appears to be very disgruntled and childish.
Darksiders II in menu doesn't have native game pad support for some options and you have to unplug it completely to make the mouse work

Just quietly. :P
Darksiders 2? It's a piece of shit game.
Glad he's gone. If a UI designer can't figure out the value in Wii U's screen as an interface, maybe he should try his hand at another profession.
If the wii u is next gen that means sony and microsoft might as well not release new consoles:P for another 5 or 10 years

rizzod said: Darksiders 2? It's a piece of shit game.



Shows you must have a shit taste in gaming.
This fails as soon as he says he has never even worked on the Wii U.
I wouldn't listen to this idiots opinion he's just lashing because he pissy about his last job because he got fired, Apparently he's having a cry that he didn't get credited for his work on Darksiders 2 and is just lashing out everywhere like a bitch even having a go at his former employer. He was only hired for the project for 90 days and they got rid of him for poor performance.
I wonder how well his career will go after this.
He rants before seeing it. Sadly its a human flaw.
I don't respect anyone who calls anything nintendo makes 'a gimmick' I truly think that would rather try to entertain people in new ways then just make money and improve how they do it.

I think its important to be bold and try new things, even things that seem silly or tacked on, can have a great sense of purpose in the right hands.

And also, don't knock it before you try it!
Hahaha! Seems this guy has done a 180 on the Wii U and is now a fan. His Indie studio is now bringing games to Wii U. :P www.nintendolife.com/...

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