Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gaming Notes And Links

I'm working on a very long post about console sales in Japan, but I'm trying to add data that was previously unvailable (to me), which has expanded what I'm trying to do, and it's taking forever, basically, so it's going to be another day or so before that sees the light.

Nintendo announced the release date today for Wii Motion Plus. There was quite a bit of speculation in the last few weeks that the release date had been pushed out to the point that Tiger Woods 10 and Grand Slam Tennis might not support the controller, but fortunately, that is not the case. The add-on will be released June 8, with

June 8, in case you're interested, and both EA titles will be released about a week later. Chris Kohler of Wired has the full story here.

Also, and I think this is quite interesting, the add-on is going to cost $20. The price makes me wonder if developers will provide broad support, or if it's going to mainly be used in a narrow range of titles only (Tiger Woods, for example, which should be a perfect fit). It's going to be difficult to make the argument that Motion Plus should be supported in a game if 90% of the user base (or higher) doesn't have it.

There's a very interesting article about DRM and what the Entertainment Consumer Association (founded by Hal Halpin) is trying to do for consumers. Mostly, it's common sense, but when it comes to DRM, that's often in short supply. It's an interesting read (thanks Sirius), and you can find it here.

Steven Kreuch sent me a link to an excellent article about gaming and the disabled, and it's both thoughtful and poignant, discussing the meaning of games for people with disabilities as well as the difficulties in getting developers to make their games more accessible. Read it here.

Sean sent me a link to a wonderful little Flash game called BallDroppings. I'm not going to describe it to you--just go have fun.

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