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Nintendo Files Patent For Game That Plays Itself 152

Kotaku points out a recent patent filed by Nintendo which automates gameplay unless the user specifically chooses to play a particular part of the game. Quoting: "The new system, described in a patent filed by Nintendo Creative Director Shigeru Miyamoto on June 30, 2008, but made public today, looks to solve the issue of casual gamers losing interest in a game before they complete it, while still maintaining the interest of hardcore gamers. The solution would turn a game into a full-length cut scene of sorts, allowing players to jump into and out of the action whenever they wanted. But when played this way, gamers would not be able to save their progress, maintaining the challenge of completing a game without skipping or cheating."
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Nintendo Files Patent For Game That Plays Itself

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  • by Greyfox ( 87712 ) on Saturday January 10, 2009 @04:58AM (#26396819) Homepage Journal
    *cough*Idlerpg [idlerpg.net]*cough*
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 10, 2009 @08:11AM (#26397471)
    Warlords II and Warlords III from Red Orb also allowed jumping in and out of a game that coul dbe auto played.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 10, 2009 @08:25AM (#26397539)

    Years ago when I was a game tester at Sega, there was a guy in the next cubicle who was unfortunate enough to be stuck with "Barney's Hide and Seek".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney's_Hide_and_Seek [wikipedia.org] Though he could generally be heard to be muttering "kill me" over and over to himself, he had the advantage over the rest of us because whenever he wanted to pretend like he was working, all he had to do was slump in his chair with his controller held limply in his hands, doze off, and yes, the game would play itself. The idea,evidently, was that kids of a certain age wouldn't have the attention span or skills necessary to help Barney do whatever it is he does, and so an auto-pilot feature would kick in if you stalled long enough.

  • I'm target audience (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MouseR ( 3264 ) on Saturday January 10, 2009 @08:59AM (#26397685) Homepage

    I'm a casual gamer. Nowhere near hardcore. Partly because of lack of interest, partly because I dont have time to become a good paddle jockey.

    One example of a game where I would have liked this feature is Metroid Prime 3 on the Wii. I absolutely loved this game for the puzzles and roaming around and then suddenly, you're confronted with sudden harsh treatment for a grinding session that only looks and feels like that: a grinding session. Typically, the "scene's boss".

    While I managed to finish the game, there are a couple of ones that I basically turned off the game after a couple of attempts. It made me feel like it was keeping me away from the game. A passage of rights that didn't have much purpose on *my* gameplay.

    Now I know this might very well be due to this particular game itself but the pattern is throughout the game industry, and that's what turning off some prospective players.

    While bot-supported games is nothing new, the fashion in wich this patent attempts to use them is an interesting idea.

    In my view however, it's not worthy of a patent in itself. Games should always have been like this, with some kind of "assist me here" option/widget to get people (with a life) moving on with the game.

  • by Moraelin ( 679338 ) on Saturday January 10, 2009 @01:00PM (#26399209) Journal

    Nope, it's not even remotely the one I'm refering to. The quote about RPG gamers is from an 1999 interview.

    But, yes, he did do a lot of stupid quotes in his time, including the one you linked to. Telling me that I play boring games, and that I should stop playing them for no other reason than that all the RPG developers left Nintendo... isn't exactly going to make me like him.

    Especially because of this: he didn't play either kind of games, and took pride in not having played any game ever. So _how_ does he fucking know which are boring and which aren't? On what knowledge does he base his presuming to tell me what to play? Oh, wait, he's just telling me to buy his snake-oil and stop buying the competition's. And not even in nice terms.

    I mean, picture me coming and saying something like, "I haven't played any MMO, and I'm proud I never blew my money on those, but I know that Vanguard rules and WoW is crap. Only depressed losers play WoW. Stop playing that boring game now." (Just hypothetically.) Wouldn't you say, "so how would you know, if you haven't played either?"

    I mean it's like a nun telling you which sexual position feels better. Or like a vegan telling you which meat tastes better and which to buy. Or like the Amish telling you which brand of car is more fun to drive. I could go on, but you get the idea already. How would he flipping know?

    But, as I was saying, he doesn't. He was just telling us to stop buying the competition's product and start buying more of his. Without even having used either. Just because one makes him money and the other doesn't.

  • by GrpA ( 691294 ) on Saturday January 10, 2009 @09:39PM (#26403917)

    This is exactly what Space Channel 5 does... Hit a combination of keys on the controller to activate it and the game plays itself. You can switch in and out of the game.

    My kids were amazed at my beat-memory skills as I flawlessly played this game through to the end before I showed them the trick.

    Now sometimes they load it up and activate it just for amusement although they also like playing it too.


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