Saturday, June 2, 2012

G4, Why You So Mean To Nintendo?

I have been a follower of G4 for many, many years. To this day, I rely on them for decent video game news, and I always watch X-Play out of curiosity to see how they rate certain games. Despite all of this, there has always been something about G4 that has irked me -- their blatant hate of Nintendo. I have noticed it increasingly more with E3 2012 coming up and their negative views about Nintendo's press conference (which I will discuss further in this post). If you have not followed G4 as long as I have and are not as much of a Nintendo fan as myself, it may be hard to notice. Since their G4TechTV days with older shows such as Electric Playground, this company has had some sort of weird grudge against everything Nintendo. Very rarely have I ever seen a G4 person praise Nintendo.

Before I go any further, let me point out that I am not talking about third party Nintendo games (because, honestly, not many of them are too good, anyway). I am saying that G4 hates on first party Nintendo games. Not only first party Nintendo games, but Nintendo consoles. Not only consoles, but the entire company.

Here is how it all began for me:

I used to frequently watch Electric Playground while it aired on G4TechTV, not because I ever agreed with the reviews, but mainly because I would like to argue with Tommy Tallarico through my TV screen. I love Tommy, I have met him, and he is an awesome person in the video game industry today -- but wow did his reviews suck on Electric Playground. About 90% of the time he hated on Nintendo. I wish I had some good footage of the show while it aired on G4TechTV, but that was back in 2005 so it is much harder to find videos of it.

In this video which shows some clips from the show, Tommy talks about how disappointed he was with Pikmin, while Victor tries to balance his negative views out by pointing out the positives such as the games' uniqueness and originality. Victor gave Pikmin an 8/10, while Tommy gave it a 5.5/10; Tommy also noted that the Nintendo GameCube was a huge disappointment to him. Jak & Daxter, however, he had nothing bad to say about.

I have not followed EP since they stopped airing on G4, but all I can say is while they were on G4 I witnessed a great deal of Nintendo-bashing. This is where I began to become more observant of the Nintendo hate.

I am not going to highlight every incident where prominent names on G4 have said bad things about Nintendo, but here are some of the more recent incidents, mostly from the lips of Adam Sessler (now a former host of X-Play) and Morgan Webb.

Gasp?! Is this Sessler interviewing Reggie?
A very rare sighting considering G4 is NOT covering Nintendo at this year's E3.


1) On an episode of Attack of the Show, Webb called Super Mario Galaxy 2 insulting to play as an adult.

Back in 2009, Webb was discussing recent action platform games with Blair Herter. Webb stated that Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time was the only real action-platformer during that time and went on to say Super Mario Galaxy 2 is "for kids":

"…And let’s be honest, there are no other action-platformers out there…This is it, this is it…This is the only game out there for people who like action-platformers. I mean, I guess Mario Galaxy, but Mario Galaxy feels like its aimed so much for kids. Whereas this is like for everyone, but you feel like you’re not being insulted when playing it as an adult."

2) During a discussion about the most popular action games of 2011, here is what Sessler and Webb had to say about Skyward Sword.

Adam Sessler: Zelda. I think it is curious. Of course I’m going to play it, but it’s not drawing up that same level of enthusiasm that a Zelda game usually would.

Morgan Webb: *Yawns* Okay, I think basically what it is is that you show Zelda and then right after that we showed Uncharted, and just the difference in graphics and just adult nature of Uncharted…the graphics were beautiful.

Adam Sessler: And the evolution of gameplay…it doesn’t feel like we’ve really graduated from what we experienced in Ocarina of Time.

Morgan Webb: And how great would a Zelda game be on a modern console with modern graphics?
Adam Sessler: Exactly.

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X-Play claims to be a show that gamers can "trust" for good game reviews. If you ask any Zelda fan about Skyward Sword, they have nothing but praises and enthusiasm for the game. But Sess and Webb do not seem to be moved by Skyward Sword, even though they claim to have played other Zelda games.

3) When Skyward Sword won's "Best of 2011 Deathmatch", where fans were given the opportunity to vote for the "best game of 2011" title, X-Play claimed that the only reason Zelda won was because of "angry Nintendo fans".

4) Webb told CNN in an interview titled "What is a 'gamer' in 2011" that hardcore gamers do not play motion control games like the Nintendo Wii. 
The funny thing about this interview is, Webb was asked about the Wii U and PS Vita. Instead, she does not say anything about either console and states that there is no skill involved with Wii motion games.

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CNN Geek Out: With the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita coming out next year, is this where we are headed with more motion controls and less button pushing in gaming?

Morgan Webb: I think there is room for both. Core gamers - the hardcore gamers who play games like "Gears of War," "Call of Duty," "Assassin's Creed" and Skyrim" - that gamer is definitely more interested in using a controller for a lot of their experiences. The problem is that [with] the [PlayStation] Move, these motion experiences aren’t nuanced enough to actually give the player as much control as they would have with a [regular] controller. For example, if you are swinging a sword on a Wii game, you slash to the right and it does a right slash or slash to the left and it does a left slash, but it doesn’t really track or there is no skill involved. Now you are just standing up there making slashing motions for three hours.

4) G4's latest E3 2012 predictions do nothing but insult Nintendo.

This is what pushed me over the edge to write this blog post. Is this how "top minds" of G4 feel about Nintendo? As a Nintendo fan, I am truly insulted. None of them had anything good to say about Nintendo's press conference. If you do not want to click the link to see for yourself, here is what everyone had to say.

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Rob Manuel:

If you don’t already know what to expect at the Nintendo Press Conference 2012, then I just have two words for you – Wii U. The new system that still has people scratching their heads will get its chance in the spotlight yet again. Along with the new system, Nintendo will surely talk about new games, something for the 3DS, and someone may actually remember that we still have a Wii.

I’ve gathered yet again the top minds behind games at G4 to find out what to expect at the Nintendo Press Conference.

Matt Keil:

The big Wii U push: price (over $250 is suicide), release date, launch titles, the whole deal. I expect Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii U as launch titles from Nintendo. I really hope the rumors of the insane Metroid/Star Fox crossover game by Retro are real. Nintendo will attempt to prove for the third generation in a row that they have strong third-party support, which will consist of current-gen multiplatform games with a Wii U screen controller gimmick added in. The 3DS section of the conference will focus on apps and online features nobody wants, because Nintendo is still trying to compete with Apple instead of making a successor to the DS and its exceptional game library.

Becky Jutzi:

The Wii U is Nintendo’s only hope, Obi Wan Kenobi. They will hopefully display some games that mainstream and hardcore gamers alike will enjoy, much to the disdain of their mothers. I really hope this is the year that Nintendo grows up and allows some more mature games into their library. Maybe a Halo-clone? They will announce their dedication to churning out 3D versions of all the NES, Gameboy, and GBA games that we have already bought more than once.

Leah Jackson:

This year, we’ll finally get an understanding of what the Wii U is capable of and hopefully Nintendo will also announce a new title for the system itself. We’ll see some of the games coming to the system, and possibly even a teaser of the Zelda or Mario game that will hopefully debut with the system. We’ll also get to hear about how amazing the Nintendo 3DS is selling, how it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, and why it’s a much better handheld than its competitor.

Nikole Zivalich:

This is a tough one because I want Nintendo to blow me away, but I don’t think they will. I have a bad feeling the Wii U will have nothing to convince me I need to own it as long as I own a Wii.

If I stop being a negative Nancy, then - OMG the Wii U is going to be awesome. They are going to announce an HD Zelda: Ocarina of Time and a BRAND NEW ZELDA! 4 MORE YEARS!

Stephen Johnson:

Nintendo’s press conference will consist solely of Miyamoto saying “The Wii-U is really cool you guys!” in a sing-song voice again and while dancing under a giant mushroom. This is a wish and a blessing.

Also: There will be a lot of games designed for kids, so hardcore gamers will complain about all the kiddy titles and wish Nintendo would go back to making games that were good. They will fail to realize that what they really want is to return to an earlier time in their lives, before all the pain.

Jake Gaskill:

Because this year is the Wii U’s big coming out party, expect to see plenty of compilation-type games in the vein of Wii Sports and Wii Play. Also, I can’t wait for the painfully awkward demo of the new Mario Kart and/or Star Fox game that I’m also guessing will be announced.

Rob Manuel:

Miyamoto’s downloadable dream team. Nintendo wouldn’t just allow one of their biggest stars to say that he’s looking into working with smaller teams if they didn’t already have something set up for him to work on. Forget launching Wii U with Mario or Zelda. Give me a dozen titles from the man who made my childhood that I can download to the new system or the 3DS.


Media bias is everywhere nowadays. I do not think I have ever been on a , news website where there has been 0% media bias. I am not trying to put some sort of end to this media bias, but I sometimes wonder why it exists in this case between G4 and Nintendo. I am sure that if I walked up to Adam Sessler today, for example, and asked him if he hated Nintendo, he would most likely say no. But his actions and his reactions on camera toward Nintendo games back when he was part of G4 give me reason to think otherwise.

I will be honest, I am a Nintendo fan girl to the maximum degree. Perhaps I have my own bias. But I believe Nintendo has given me every reason to feel that they are as good of a company as Microsoft and Sony. However, I do not think that G4 takes Nintendo seriously and I believe Nintendo deserves more respect from the big names over at G4 (former names and current names, because I know how they come and go).

G4 is the self-proclaimed "Most Trusted Video Game Website" (it says so on my swag from PAX East and it also used to say it on their website). If they want to live up to that title, I feel that they should show less bias toward Nintendo games, products, consoles, and the company itself.


Adam said...

G4 has always been so cruel to Nintendo. One of the reasons why I stopped watching their garbage

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