Friday, August 14, 2009

To put things into perspective

Most game systems seem cool but not very special. This one is actually kind of amazing in that "simple but powerful way"

for the uninitiated

The 3DO Company announced today the completion of an agreement with founder and chief executive officer Trip Hawkins that will provide $10 million in financial support to the company.
"3DO is poised to release hit games in 2003, beginning with our top-ranked High Heat(TM) Major League Baseball(R) 2004 in February," said Hawkins. "This agreement is a big step forward on our goals of revenue growth and a return to profitability. Our confidence is growing from good previews from the gaming press for our 2003 product slate, and promising purchase order demand for our initial 2003 releases."

Here's another nifty application for the game system. Things like this may start cropping up more and more as CD-ROM technology becomes more affordable and prevalent. I can imagine people walking around a place like Berlin or Paris and playing some kind of “hand-held” interactive movie (say for example Captain Eo, only portable and with a choice of endings). It should be noted that these systems aren't quite there yet but are interesting nonetheless.

There are some story-driven applications for this technology as well (obviously):

Anyways I've nerded this board out enough for now.


Master of the Craw said...

I take it my long and irrelevant blog posts are being mocked.


Napoleon Bonerpants said...

Not at all. I'm just expressing my opinion that Augmented Reality in its current incarnation will soon enough be obsolete much like the 3DO. It shows enormous potential but has yet to be applied properly. It really dawned on me when I saw that dude running around a table while looking at a box in his hand. It seemed like our decade's equivalent of playing Plumbers Don't Wear Ties.

Basically, my way of offering an added glimpse of the future was by openly exploring a part of the history of futurism.

's all

Barbarosa said...

I prefered it when I thought you were mocking him.

Master of the Craw said...

I would counter that argument with the following: The 3D0 failing had more to do with bad marketing and a lack of games that really used the technology. CD roms in games went on to be extremely important for at least a decade and it took a while for the industry to really know what to do with it. The same happened with 3D. It took a while for people to figure out basic things like controls and camera in 3D games.

Is AR the future of gaming or computing? Hello no. But it is a nifty possibility and when used right it could be interesting. in the interim expect a lot of pointless experimentation and a lot of shit.

Dementor said...


I want one.

Napoleon Bonerpants said...

I'm not saying that there is no future for AR. I'm just saying that early applications of emerging technologies tend to border on the retarded by ignoring all notions of interest or profitability.

Dementor said...




Master of the Craw said...

interest and profitability?
that's irrelevant. Many of the things we see today are a result of unprofitable and useless endeavors. Applications are usually found for these things afterwards not beforehand.

Dementor said...

dont worry MOTC, thats the banker speaking...

notice how his name starts with the letters NB?

yeah...the poor dude's been swallowed by the bank and he doesn't even know it.

Napoleon Bonerpants said...

That's like calling you a carny for having worked for Cirque du Soleil.