Guild Wars has no subscription fee. It's a full MMOG, but you just pay the price of the boxed game: so presumably, all the teenagers will rush over to GW, and it probably won't attract a broader audience (it has 'wars' in the title). So, if it's fantastic, World of Warcraft and co will suffer a notch.
Personally, I'm wondering how to fit it into my life, again. Persistent games are really curious - unlike ordinary games, they need to be scheduled against one another, and as there's a bonus of sorts for getting into the game early, when they come along like London buses (three at once), it can be flap-inducing. So spoilt for choice!
Also I'm wondering how NCSoft will pay for Guild Wars maintenance. Roll-over from their other MMOGs? It's a brave move, and I am intrigued as to the long term sustainability of it, because it looks like a classic 'oh that can't be done' .. and they went and did it.
Smedley also said that SOE is negotiating with wireless providers to
let PSP owners make use of the internet Hot Spots you find in airports,
posh cafés and the like. What's more, you'll be able to log on for
free, and without having to bother with a username or password.
catch is that the wireless provider gets advertising space in return -
possibly on a loading screen, or perhaps within the game itself. The
deal is still being knocked into shape but Smedley says it's "about 70
per cent of the way there."
Jane's summed up a long article on the reg-walled NYTimes, by Steven Johnson, on how "TV is good for you". Good for you now, that is, because it's drawing on gamelike qualities, cognitive challenges that make you think. Sharp summary by Jane, excellent article by Steven, all round spectacularly good show. Very pleased.
Electronic Arts and the University of Southern California School of
Cinema-Television have announced the Sims 2 Student Life Movie Contest.
The competition offers prizes for the best movie made with the
simulation game's built-in video creation tools. The grand prize winner
will receive either $5,000 or a four-week internship with Maxis Studios
at EA's headquarters in Redwood City, Calif.
Hmm. This is a tricky one. So Sony are releasing a new title called SpyToy - less of a game, more of a Thing That Does Lots Of Stuff. Useful as burglar-monitoring.. but also essentially secret surveillance, so all sorts of possible privacy issues.
Still, I can also see this being fun for people wanting to video themselves, say for something like Video Nation, without needing lots of expensive kit. Great for videochat (won't work on phones, will work on the telly, won't it? Weird that).
Disney Online, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Internet Group, has
revealed that it is currently working on a new massively multiplayer
online role-playing game based on the Pirates of the Caribbean
The game, which is being designed by Disney's VR Studio, will allow
gamers to create their own pirate character and team up with others to
form a crew, battling both other players and the evil undead pirates
roaming the high seas.
Evil undead pirates! Hurrarr! What fun. Right up Anno's street.