Posts Tagged ‘Gaming’

Dicole Wii

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

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Our Dicole Knowledge Work Environment runs on Nintendo Wii, now that they released the free trial Opear browser. How cool is that? You can zoom in to read and the one column view works great for reading. Reading and navigating with the Wiimote is a pleasure.

Wii like to learn

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

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Got my Nintendo Wii a few days ago. I was lucky to order it just in time to get it before christmas. My last Nintendo console was a SNES and after that I got an Xbox. I’ve turned my back to Microsoft once again for lack of innovation. I did it with operating systems and now I’ll do it again with games.

My friends who dislike gaming have fallen in love with this thing. The fact that you are free to lie down the way you like (hands separated, unlike with traditional controllers) or stand up and play naturally like you would in real life, I see lots of potential for innovation with this revolutional device.

This is just another simple idea how innovations develop. You unlearn the sort of de-facto standards the industry is rigged with and come up with something new. It’s so incredibly hard to pass down familiarity in any business, yet when you see the results it’s obvious.

I wonder what’s the potential for learning with this device? Well, if Nintendo does something like Microsoft with their Xbox 360 XNA development kit by opening up the console for home grown applications, we might witness wonderful ideas coming alive. I would imagine controlling any 3D learning application would be natural for anyone. I’m afraid though, that we need to wait for someone to crack the security protection and install Linux into it.

Wii has clearly stolen some design advice from Apple. That gives me a good reason to leave PC and become a Mac.

Virtual experiences are not virtual

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

The title of this post is from the slides of Leo Sang-Min Whang. Virtual experiences are about identity building, group-cohesion and community. His slides include very interesting data on Korea’s largest MMORPG called Lineage. In virtual worlds people have various lifestyle orientations, different ways of participating in the virtual gaming world:

  • Social orientation
  • Traditional Norm orientation
  • Out-law orientation (anti-social)
  • Role Play orientation
  • Achievement orientation
  • Materialism
  • Hierarchical orientation
  • Discriminatory attitude
  • Individualism

More of that + interesting charts in Consumption in Virtual World: identities, lifestyles and item trading.

I also find Virtual Economy Research Network’s bibliography section very useful. Keep your eye on their site if you are interesting in virtual economies, I know that Vili Lehdonvirta is following this space closely.

Full-circle gaming

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

I shouldn’t promote Microsoft but it seems they are kicking their dog anyway. It’s hard times for them ahead.

But Xbox 360 looks neat. Sony, the bar is set. Check out the specs. I can’t hardly wait to have Linux up and running on it. Although I might leave that fun for the last generation consoles. Look at the screenshots. Especially Dead or Alive looks astonishing.

Missed the MTV promotion? Check this video. It shows the box and the specs inside out.

Webcam and voice communication while gaming. Cool.

Nostalgic moments with console RPGs

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

For many years I was not really that much into games. When I got my first PC I was mainly fiddling with software, networking, hacking and programming instead of playing games. This is the tradition up to these days. Yet there are two genres that I have played both for 24 hours straight and almost ruined my school projects. Yet I think all of that m4d gaming was worth of it for various reasons. The two genres I have played in long bursts during my life are console RPGs and 1st person shooters (got my skills playing Quake for several years, I’ll tell something about that experience later).

My first console was the now notorious NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). My journey into RPGs started from Zelda and Willow, later followed by the long awaited Gameboy and Super Nintendo, which I remember as the golden age of Japanese RPGs. I also remember the disappointment of hearing of how many great titles went untranslated I had been waiting for. Heck, one of my friends even learned Japanese to play those games imported from Japan.

This guy called Ville really introduced me into the mystical world of Japanese RPGs. He and his family were really all about gaming from my point of view. They owned every single system from the time and I can still visualize the big game cartridge towers in their game room. Everyone was playing from father to son, only the mother was not really into 24/7 gaming. It was the “gaming pit” for me in both good and bad.

The first RPG games which really changed my gaming life and interest in buying games were the Final Fantasy II (FF IV in Japan) and Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2 in Japan), both for Super Nintendo (and both from Squaresoft). I also played some of the PC RPGs like Ultima series and Diablo but never got the same kind of vibes as I got from the orchestrated music, epic battles and complex plots in medieval fantasy settings of the Japanese RPGs. These titles really got me into playing for just one more hour. I think I have so far played through all the great Japanese RPGs released for SNES in the west. I’m in dept to Enix and Squresoft for delivering me with so many great experiences. Still when I’m playing with my Xbox, I dream of experiencing the same again.

In my opinion, the greatest title on SNES was Chrono Trigger by Squaresoft followed by excellent Chrono Cross on Playstation. Breath of Fire series from Capcom was not bad either. Few know that I have hacked together a Finnish translation of Chrono Trigger in the past just for fun, now surpassed in quality by another team

I totally skipped Gameboy Advance, Playstation and Playstation 2, all which had great Japanese RPG titles and I still regret that move (I was playing Quake at that time icon wink Nostalgic moments with console RPGs ). Now I own the Xbox, my one and only evil swing towards Microsoft. It doesn’t have any Japanese RPGs but it sure is a PC if you open the cover. If you have the skills you could modify your Xbox to run Linux and alongside with it, all the great emulators to emulate almost every single console available in the past. It’s potentially a 100 in one solution (video).

Gamespot is featuring a series of articles about the part of gaming world I really love. Take a look at the history of Square, history of console RPGs and history of Final Fantasy.

I think I’m going to fire my emulator and load some Japanese SNES goodness which never really got through the trans-pacific cracks. Now it’s done, unofficially. Nostalgia awaits…