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Farewell to the Wii, A Great Gaming System After All
"Perhaps the best Wii idea of all, and one too little copied in other consumer electronics, was that the device itself lit up when something important had happened to it. If a friend sent you a message or if a game needed an update, the system would start emitting a blue glow from its disc drive. You didn't have to turn the Wii on to know something was ready for your attention; the device's light pattern showed it. Most inert consumer electronics do nothing like this, which is a pity. What a disappointing failure that we don't have more electronics that make themselves useful even while they are more or less turned off." Steven Totilo's farewell to the Wii is full of some lovely thought and analysis - as well as great game write-ups - but this in particular bears repeating. (It drove me mad, but, still).
wii  design  electronics  consoles  games  nintendo  steventotilo 
september 2012 by infovore
Gamasutra - News - Breaking: CCP Announces Dust 514 Console MMO At GDC Europe
"In fact, when Dust 514 launches, the map of EVE, currently divined only by player structures owned in the PC game, will also take into account infantry successes and failures within the console game. Players in the PC MMO can "fund mercenaries and give them goals" in the console title." Oh, now that is nice: CCP build a multiplayer game for consoles, and tie it - with data and everything - to the PC MMO, but it's only an indirect link. As a 360 owner without a PC, I shall have to be proud to serve in the mobile infantry.
ccp  mmo  online  eve  games  consoles  multiplayer  connectivity  heinleinian 
august 2009 by infovore
Gamasutra: Kim Pallister's Blog - The Most Significant Thing At E3 2009
"If the promise of previous generations was “games that just work”, and the current that “games work with each other”, then the promise of the NEXT generation will be this: That true next-gen game platforms will comprise services that *just work* with one another." Yes. Interoperability can take many forms, and it's easier to make work at a service than a platform level.
games  platforms  consoles  socialsoftware  identity  services  gaas 
june 2009 by infovore
Dubious Quality: Console Post Of The Week: E3
"Sony acts like a character in a Charlotte Brontë novel--they seem to think they have an entire lifetime to seize the moment."
e3  billharris  analysis  games  consoles  microsoft  sony  nintendo  quotation 
june 2009 by infovore
1UP's Retro Gaming Blog : Something Old, Something Blu: Quantum of Solace
"The problem is that what made GoldenEye so good was a fleeting, transient quality that can never be grasped again: it's not that the game was especially brilliant by modern standards, but rather that it utterly eclipsed its contemporaries. These days, the FPS is as comfortable on consoles as it is on Windows, and for a Bond shooter to have the same impact as GoldenEye it would have to outperform Call of Duty 4, Halo 3, BioShock, and Half-Life 2. In short, it would have to be revolutionary." Although: a big part of what made it so good was the social side of the jerky split-screen multiplayer, and Live just isn't the same. Yes, there was the context, but there was also some kind of magical glue holding it all together. Still, there are lots of smart, sensible points here, about emerging from the shadow of Goldeneye.
games  n64  goldeneye  fps  consoles  jamesbond  quality 
april 2009 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: The Nintendo playbook
"The Wii has captured the imagination of millions of people who didn't consider themselves gamers at all. Why are we so surprised? All this has happened before." And, no doubt, all of it will happen again. Some good insight and quotation from Mitch Krpata on a history of Nintendo's console marketing and sales strategies.
games  marketing  business  nintendo  sales  profit  consoles 
january 2009 by infovore

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