Last GDC post
The LG SV360 rocks! Besides the PSP
and Nintendo DS
most of the rest of the exhibition floor was covered with 3D rendering for mobile games. Except for this guy! In an earlier review:
although of course suffering from the does-two-things-good-but-neither-one-really-well syndrome, is quite an intriguing little device. To blame? The built-in accelerometer which lets you control games by moving the SV360 around mid-air.
And what fun it is. Boasting a graphics accelerator chip capable of cranking out 1 million polygons per second, games playing on the unit I fondled in Cannes were actually rather nice for a) not being developed by an established brand name, and b) playing on a mobile phone. To top things off, a 2.2" TFT colour display with what appeared to be QVGA resolution proved sufficient screen estate to actually play games and not just squint at them.
I played a snowboarding game which was controlled by moving the device itself! And I have to admit it was completely fun! I'm sure there are some more interesting things we can think of that will utilize an accelerometer rather than just for single player gaming. I wonder if multiplayer games could contain a component where you had to control balance and positioning, maybe you are riding two persons on dog sled, or motorcycle, or maybe you are both walking toward each other on a narrow swaying bridge through the jungle.
Also on Friday, Will Wright gave a great talk revealing his new game: Spore
! Much like SIMS it involves content and world creation on the part of the player. If you have ever wanted to build your own world in space or maybe a bubble world on Mars, or better yet travel out of the galaxy. You will now be able to do it. As well, it allows you to port living species from one place to colonize the next, but careful execution must be taken as not all living environments elicit the same organic properties. So if you take a being from the moon to Pluto, but forget to build in conditions to allow them to breathe or live... they'll blow up! Right there in front of you.
Please remember the oxygen!