My eldest son was 7 today and he got a Nintendo Wii for his birthday. I actually bought it about a month ago because I saw it in stock in the local Blockbuster and they only had one. It’s been hidden all this time. It came with Wii Sports but we also bought him Mario Galaxy which should be great fun.
It’s my first next-gen console; I don’t own an XBox 360 or PS3 (yet). This is simply because there are so many great games still to play on PS2 and Gamecube (and PC), plus I don’t get enough time to play games anyway. However, a friend of mine called Will said “Come on Jake, you’re a game developer, you’ve got to stay abreast of games market and get a next-gen console” (or something like that). And that was all the convincing I took Thanks Will!
The good thing about being a game developer is that I can put all games and game related hardware through my company as an R&D expense and claim back the VAT and also pay less tax at the end of the year which means that I end up paying about 66% the real cost (e.g. £100 retail minus 17.5% VAT = £85.11, then subtract about 20% saved on year end tax bill = £68.09).
OK next up, a visit to GameSpot to build a wish list of top-rated Wii games…