The Chris Hecker / Wii brouhaha at GDC 2007

During the GDC this year there was a small controversy over something Chris Hecker said during a rant session about the Nintendo Wii. It was mentioned on a lot of blogs back then, but I didn’t feel I could really add anything sensible to it, and it was all a bit silly to begin with. Anyone who considers Mr. Hecker as primarily an Electronic Arts employee doesn’t know enough about the games industry. Even though, yes, he is an Electronic Arts employee, and what happened was not really surprising. I wouldn’t have said what he said, but then that’s probably why I don’t get called up there to rant.

Anyway, for those who missed it in March: I found Kim Pallister’s blog post to be the most reasonable summary of and commentary on the subject.

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  1. Mark wrote:

    Thanks for the link, Jurie. I have to agree that savaging someone for their rant is a little lame, but then again it’s always good to remember that there is more than one context for any given remark/idea. And that’s particularly true when you’re dealing with the anonymous mob that is the internet.

    I haven’t followed the Wii/Xbox/PS3 saga except to the extent that I’ve heard that good games (or at least good marketing) seems to still be beating better hardware. (I don’t know if the Wii’s controller is the big selleing point or if it’s the Nintendo brand, but in either case I’m not surprised. Listening to the pre-rollout trash talk from MS and Sony was like revisiting flame wars between Diamond and NV or NV and ATI: boring, and almost entirely off the point.

    By the way, I was looking at some titles on, and it seemed to me that for any given platform there were maybe two, and at most three titles in any given series that were released before a new platform came along. (I’m not talking about licensed junk, but decent games like the SSX series, which I still enjoy.) Is there any chance that the PC has become mature/stable enough these days that designing for video game machines is now the more problematic development pipeline?


    Posted 09 Jun 2007 at 20:05