As we’re opening the new year with a new console, the PS3, it’s natural to look back and reminisce. And why not focus on the legacy of one of my most well-used consoles, the Wii. Released in 2006, the Wii was instantly a huge commercial success. Partly because of its mainstream appeal, it became controversial for the 0.00005% of people who identify as “hardcore gamers” and considered Nintendo traitors, or some such BS. However, perhaps surprisingly, I have come full circle on my opinion of the Wii’s library. Continue reading
He goes by many names: Big Papi, C Wizzy, Chadbaby…
But most know him simply as Chad Warden. ‘Sup bitches. It’s easy to see why Chad Warden was a viral hit back in the early days of the Wii/360/PS3 generation. Hindsight is everything, but at the time I genuinely believed C Wizzy was legit. There was so much hysteria on the internet around the then-new consoles, especially the Wii, that his views didn’t seem so outlandish. His video caused an utter firestorm of hate online, drawing response video after response video shouting Warden down. It wasn’t the racism, the misogyny or the homophobia that caused the outrage, but his views on the new generation of consoles. Over time however, the fact that Warden was a joke became increasingly apparent – especially once decidedly un-gangsta video footage surfaced of C Wizzy sitting and laughing with friends in a sushi restaurant. It took some time, but people were finally able to truly appreciate the genius of Warden’s trolling.
Best of all is that there are still parodies of Chad Warden’s original vids being made to this day, with people still getting fresh mileage out of this young comic genius (who in reality appears to be a mild-mannered, well adjusted young man). There are too many hilarious vids to post them all here, but please, do check out these links to CW on Chatroulette, CW sings/raps “Sony Always Wins”, CW reviews Shovel Knight, CW responds to Super Saiyan kid, CW in Full Metal Jacket, a full twenty minute episode of In the House starring none other than CW… it goes on and on and on. And, somehow, Chad Warden’s concepts of ABAP (As Baller As Possible), PS Triple, and his deconstruction of the Xbox 360 – “we ain’t trying to do geometry, we trying to play some games” – and its popular titles like “Gaylo” and “Tears of War”, remain some of the best and most memorable gaming criticism to date.
I haven’t written for our blog in a while – because I’m moving house! As I sit here, surrounded by boxes, suitcases, bags and random objects, I feel inspired to write about the ultimate moving-house-wish-fulfillment game (I wish I had a capture gun right now). Eledees, also known as Elebits in the US, was one of the first games to be released on the Wii, but you wouldn’t know it because it’s one of those many underrated Wii gems. Continue reading