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Nintendo Ruined Video Games

Before Nintendo came around to rescue video games, the industry was well on its way to becoming just the sort of general-purpose mass medium today’s developers and critics like to think they are inventing anew. Ironically, many of those creators are too young to know what came before, and thus see themselves as saviors contributing to a long-withheld maturity, not realizing that such effort is only necessary thanks to their childhood video game idol.

Ian Bogost, Persuasive Games: Wii Can’t Go On, Wii’ll Go On

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Amazing review of the WiiU, well worth reading in its entirety.

But this idea that Nintendo ruined video games feels deeply terrifying, impossible, and true simultaneously.