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Games and Interaction design

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Nintendo... the apple of videogames?


Much as I'd like to spend most of the day writing about the possibilites of the nintendo controller, one of the most striking trends is how inspired the controller design appears to be from Apple's process of interface design for their products. The way that Apple took the mp3 player, subtracted the superflous and streamlined the interface by selectively integrating functions, Nintendo seem to have done exactly the same. What is particularly impressive though, is that while the ipod was effectively a far better device for doing exactly the same thing, Nintendo's controller simulatenously provides massively enhanced functionality with its ability to capture gesture, so the resulting device provides ipod-like ease of use and accessibility while providing the core gamer with an entirely new model for video-game interaction and hence new game experiences.....genius.

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