Is there a more compelling way to scuff around in an MMO’s virtual world in real-time and actually feel like your presence has greater consequence? It seems like Nintendo might be trying to think of a way. In 2010, the company filed a patent application for what might be described as a “single-player online game”–a virtual world wherein the player’s presence alters the environment accordingly. Kotaku summed up one of the examples...read more
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There was a time when turning on a game system without plugging a cartridge into it first would yield an ominous black void on the television screen, and nothing more. Those days are long gone, lost in a modern era featuring downloadable demos, built-in Internet browsers, social media options, and much, much more. Whereas the game console once served a single purpose, now our systems are arguably the busiest appliance in the house. That goes double for portable...read more
All of us make mistakes; it’s one of those charming little quirks that make us oh-so-human. But while most of us offer pity or irritation when we watch someone bung something up, we also feel forgiveness and even warmth when that person says, “I’m sorry. I messed this up, and I learned my lesson. I’ll do better next time.” Mistakes happen in the games industry, and the lessons that follow are oh-so harsh. Since 2004, for instance, Sony...read more
While many Japanese game studios struggle to remain relevant with Western gamers, Nintendo is still one of the most recognized brands in North America and throughout the world. Even so, the company still deals with significant culture clashes. One example lies with the West’s affinity for shooter games. Call of Duty and Halo are among our biggest series, but games about guns and marines don’t generate a whole lot of excitement in the East. Nintendo...read more
We talk a lot of trash about the companies that make our games and our consoles. To be fair, though, we often do it while standing in line at GameStop with the latest console and digging around in our pockets for some change to pay for the cursed thing (usually after a five-hour wait in a cold, cold queue). Why do we do it? It’s a natural defense. Our valuable leisure dollars go into console purchases, and the months building up to a console’s release...read more