Why do you ask the pessimistic gamer? Because he's usually right to have a jaded opinion about the state of the gaming industry and their lack of respect for the market. Case in point is the debacle that is Guitar Hero World Tour on the Nintendo Wii.
My Sister, an ardent opponent of videogaming in her household, finally relented this year and let my brother-in-law ask Santa for a Wii this Christmas. Santa obliged, and all was right with the world until I decided to get them Guitar Hero World Tour for their new addition to the family. I have Rockband 2 for the PS3 and I love my wireless drums, guitar, and pain-in-the ass wired microphone. Bluetooth is a wonderful wireless phenomenon, and for the price, you'd think it was built into the instruments for Guitar Hero like they are for Rockband. After all it's the 21st century, and since we don't have our flying cars and robot maid service yet, built-in wireless should, at the very least, be standard issue. For some systems they are - BUT NOT FOR THE Wii !
What's the problem, you may ask? The problem is that even though the Wii game costs just as much as the PS3 and 360, you need to use two Wii remotes for the guitar and drums because Bluetooth functionality was conveniently omitted, relying on the Wiimote's functionality instead. That's all fine and good until you realize you need a third Wii remote to play the freaking game, because you can't be a singer unless you have that third remote. Try finding somewhere to get a third Wiimote on Christmas day- it ain't easy.
I'm calling absolute bullshit shenanigans on this one because instruments without Bluetooth should be significantly reduced in price. They are just shells with some plastic buttons and no brains. Needing a third Wiimote is basically adding $40 to the pricetag of World Tour for most Wii owners which makes the game even MORE expensive than their other system counterparts. How many of you have ever needed more than 2 Wiimotes? Uh huh, that's what I thought; aside from the Smash Brother's freaktards, that makes a total of NONE OF US.
Activision doesn't make it any easier with the ambiguous box descriptions. Nowhere could I find out that you needed a third Wiimote to play the game as it was intended. I was at Target yesterday and Joe Dude was buying one for his family. He and two sales people were trying to figure out how many remotes he needed. They finally decided two was the answer. I, of course, chimed in with my expert and experiential knowledge and gave them the correct information before he left. He wasn't happy to have to add another $40 to his total either.
Do I need 3 Dual Shocks to play Guitar Hero on the PS3, the 360, or even the PS2? Of course not. Why does there seem to be a hidden Wii tax for this and all the other GH games ?
you Activision, you are now on my never buy a full priced release again list, you lazy mother