Videogames have come a long way from their humble 8-bit
beginnings, as evidenced by breakthroughs like the Wii and Kinect. The formerly niche pastime is seeing a mainstream revival
as it evolves as a form of art as much as a form of entertainment. Now, console and game developers are further expanding their cultural reach by introducing new formats designed to engage increasingly diverse audiences.
Hacking has become an integral—and even respected—part of Gen Y culture
. The release of the Kinect introduced many to the creativity afforded by open source hardware
. More recently, a new Kickstarter
project is raising money to launch the first intentionally
open source console. The OUYA
is a $99 Android-powered TV console
that’s built to encourage hacking and the development of low-budget games. The device is intended to reignite the communal experience of “living room gaming” by giving developers a more imaginative platform than typical mobile and social games afford. Set to be released next spring, it’s already raised more than $5.5 million in crowdfunding.
Hardcore Tablet Gaming:
It seems like just yesterday that Project Fiona was the sweetheart of CES
. Since then, hardcore tablet gaming has found a committed audience, thanks to groundbreaking app titles like Aurora Feint
. Phoenix Guild
, a new startup from Aurora Feint
founder Jason Citron
that’s raised $1.1 million in funding
, seeks to expand the genre by developing “post-PC” games that leverage touchscreen capabilities and other unique tablet features. At the same time, Amazon just announced GameCircle
, a new service for the Kindle Fire
that connects players and even syncs games between devices. Launched with APIs
available to developers, fans of the tablet device now have another reason to remain Amazon-loyal.