Nintendo Boss Scorns Motion Control Competition
The race to motion control is well and truly on, folks... except that Nintendo arrived at the finish line before Microsoft and Sony even started. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has been downplaying both the Natal and Playstation Move as simple copycats that he'd be "embarrassed" to be a working on.
"I think a hallmark of Nintendo is that we are constantly trying to innovate," he said. "I think we would have been embarrassed to do what our competitors are currently doing."- Kotaku Interview
“If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery then I’m blushing I’m so flattered. I think the key question is, how will they respond when we continue to innovate if this is their best effort?”- IGN Interview
Tough talk with more than a little truth behind it, Reggie- but do you know what else would be embarrassing? Creating a brand new motion control system years before your competitors and letting it become a fetid mass of shovelware that lacks any real innovation. That'd be embarrassing.
We've recently sent an open letter to MS and Sony to explain what, as gamers, we want to see from their respective Mo-Con systems. Why not check it out?
Biometrics are the Future, says Valve
Mo-Con may be all the rage at the moment, but Valve co-founder and legendary developer Gabe Newell is looking forward to the next stage in gaming : biometrics. During his Pioneer Award acceptance speech at GDC, Newell stated...
“Given that we have all these proxies inside of our games, that measure player state, we think that actually being able to measure small things like pupil dilation, heart rate – those are the techniques that are going to give our games enormous impact in the future.”
We've got a lot of love for Valve here at Dealspwn-if anyone can develop biometry software support, it's them. After all, a Left-4-Dead AI director that knows how stressed and scared you are would be amazing. Likewise, GLaDOS would be ten times more menacing if she could literally smell your fear. The DS has already made strides into heart rate monitoring in a number of fitness-related titles... so fully-featured biometric peripherals may not be as far off as you might think.
It's also worth mentioning that Gabe dedicated the Pioneer Award to the entire Valve studio rather than hog the limelight. Class act. [via develop]
Gene Simmons to Front Guitar Hero 6 [Rumour?]
In a controversial leaked video, Kiss frontman and tongue-waggling bass virtuoso Gene Simmons has stated that he will be the "voice of Guitar Hero 6". Whilst this hasn't yet been officially confirmed, I personally hope it's true- Kiss have the discography and charisma to pull off their own GH title by themselves! Since Activision has cut down on their Guitar Hero SKUs since flagging 2009 sales, it's likely that they'll be pooling their licenced talent for a single star-studded release.
However, this isn't Simmons' first foray into the heady world of video game licensing... hopefully it'll be more successful than Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child!
Well, that's it for this weekend. See you Monday!