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Nintendo’s ‘Kind Code’

Nintendo have today revealed a patent that was filed back in June 2008 for their interesting new gameplay system code-named ‘Kind Code’

The system is aimed at casual gamers who loose interest in a game and switch off before completion, therefore not getting the end of the story. The system will allow gamers to skip through certain parts of a game by instead viewing a pre-recorded playthrough by one of the developers, then jump back into the action whenever they see fit. The new system will also allow gamers to bring up video hints and tips whenever they’re stuck.

In a game the new play system will be broken up into 3 options:

Game: Which allows gamers to play the game normally and bring up video hints when stuck

Digest: Allows gamers to watch a pre-recorded play through and jump into the action on scenes currently being shown

Scene: Allows the player to skip to a specific scene of the game to play, similar to what we saw in Alone In The Dark

This patent is intended to allow casual gamers (n00bs) to experience the benefits of the story without actually having to play the game, basically turning it into a DVD

In my opinion this completely defeats the object of a game, you play a game for gameplay, achievement and the fun of playing a game, this patent will just end up turning ‘games’ into interactive cut-scenes removing all elements of the game!

I’m not impressed, this is taking casual gaming to the extreme, i’m not sure what to think! Only time will tell what effect this has on gaming!

What are your opinions?

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Xbox 360 Releases 2008 [September]

It’s just about time for the massive clusterfuck of games to be released on the Xbox 360, we had the same thing last year, you get a drought of good games right before September, and then as soon as October/November hits you get blockbuster titles being pumped out every week!

There are so many great games coming out this year and if you want to play them all you need to be rich. But it’s not just about the money, it’s about the time you have to play the games. If you’re a hardcore gamer and a game you’ve been waiting for come out, you will definitely want to pick it up on launch. The problem is when a great game comes out and is then followed by another great game, the previous game usually gets pushed to the side and you don’t get to spend the time playing the game that it deserves. The best example is Fable 2, which is to be released on 24th Oct 2008, this is a game I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, but the week after another game I’ve been eagerly anticipating is released Fallout 3.

It gets worse, some games are released on the same day, not only can most people not afford to pay £80 for two games on one day, but the situation with spending the deserved time on a good game is even worse.

Anyway, I thought I would run down the games to look out for this holiday clusterfuck and tell you what games I’ll be purchasing and why.

5th September 2008



– Mercenaries 2: World In Flames

– Infinite Undiscovery

– Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

These are all 3 games I was hoping to buy on launch day. I really enjoyed the first Mercenaries game and the second game looks fantastic. Infinite Undiscovery is a new Square Enix RPG, one of the many to be released. I really enjoy a good RPG as long as I have to time to devote to the game. As for Viva Pinata, I find this game extremely fun, it’s a nice break from shooting n00bs in Halo, sometimes it’s fun to sit down and play with some pinata.

I want all three of these games, and at some point I will be buying all 3, but on launch day I’ll only be able to get one, the game I do get will most likely be traded in the week after for a game I’ve been really looking forward to. For this reason on the 5th Sept I’ll be playing Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise.

12th September 2008

– NHL 09

Thank fuck there is only one game being released on this day, now I don’t have to make any decisions about what game to buy! I’m a fan of the NHL series, but only since NHL 07. I was introduced to the franchise by a friend and now have a keen interest in Hockey and the NHL games. NHL 09 introduces a new feature, a feature that has been used in EA’s fifa games, the ‘Be A Pro’ mode. What makes this special in NHL is that there is so much more you can do as a single player in hockey, than you can in football. There will also be a ‘Be A Pro’ career mode where you create a character and earn your stripes playing for different teams. But the most exciting part about the NHL ‘Be A Pro’ mode is the online support, the game will support 12 players online allowing 6v6 games, just like a real game of hockey. Not only that, you can create an online team and participate on the in-game leaderboards! This is a real selling point for me and that’s why I’ll be playing NHL 09 on launch!

Those are the only games that are 100% confirmed for September, I could go on and start writing about the real clusterfuck in October/November, but I’ll save that for another post!

Rikoshay

Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack: Review

The Legendary Map Pack has just been released on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points. The pack includes 3 new maps for use on Xbox Live. Blackout, Avalanche and Ghost Town. Also included is brand new Forge objects and a new option to change the lighting effects on the map!

The last set of maps released weren’t too flash, nothing special and most people waited until the content was available to download for free. So should you pay for this map pack? Is it worth the 800 Microsoft Points price tag? (roughly £7).

I was lucky enough to find a few people (12) who have downloaded the maps so I have played them enough to give a good opinion.

More after the jump!

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