January 13, 2009
| by Rachel Cericola
Just because you aren’t a good gamer, it doesn’t mean you can’t be better. It doesn’t require you quitting your job or hours of special thumb exercises; just one patent from our friends at Nintendo.
According to Yahoo! Games, the company has applied for a patent that would put demos into various games. Users could choose between a thumbnail or full-screen view. Either way, the person playing could get a tutorial, which would make things a whole lot easier.
Another idea is that gamers could join the action anywhere—a tidbit that’s typically reserved for those that have made it to a certain level. The goal is to make that would-be gamer a lot less frustrated.
Part of the patent application says that this new technique would allow “a player to freely play and enjoy the game to the end.” It goes on to say that the end result should prevent “a player who desires to clear a game by him/herself from losing his/her interest in the game.”
Gamers and non-gamers out there: Is this a good idea? Would you be more or less likely to play? Would it be a factor when it comes to getting games for yourself or loved ones? Sound off in the comments section below.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.