The wonderful setting of the game, for the game industry, which places equal emphasis on creativity and play, is the meaning of the question.
First of all, let me say a digression. I was born in the 1980s. When I was young, I often saw or took a walking tractor in the countryside.
Then, inexplicably, a weird idea came up-the tractor should be driven by vigorously rotating the crank.
Perhaps this weird idea came from various clockwork toys and alarm clocks that were quite common at the time.
Can you "power for love" like this?
However, on a hand-held game console that focuses on retro style, suddenly seeing the setting of the crank, it is really easy to think of "power generation for love".
The so-called The retro style itself lies in this handheld called Playdate, which was launched under the banner of commemorating the 30th anniversary of the birth of the classic game handheld Game Boy (coming out in April 1989).
Classic The cross keys and AB button, the 2.7-inch black-and-white screen, only have a resolution of 400×240.
At the moment when smartphones seem to squeeze out the handheld market in the past, in addition to using nostalgic concepts, It seems that there is no need for such a low-end handheld...
What really attracts the eye is the crank design on the right side of the handheld.
Of course, it has no power generation function. , It’s not for the clockwork of game consoles. Its settings are even more exotic, for games running on handhelds, it’s a wonderful operation of "reverse time".
GAME does not OVER
For example, there is a time named "Crankin The game of "Travel Adventure" is said to be specially designed for crank operation.
According to its gameplay, it is also very strange: the player turns the crank to control the time, and can move forward and backward, the purpose is to control Crankin to participate on time Appointment.
The protagonist will experience obstacles during the game. The obstacles are not controlled by time, so you can turn the crank to control Crankin to avoid obstacles.
However, does such a brainstorming game setting really make sense?
The answer may just be to provide an independent collection addiction.
As a high imitation of Game BoyMutant fan works.
Although the manual crank does give players a different experience.
However, in the current touch-style mobile games, such an experience is just a matter of tossing a button on the interface.
Of course, the feel cannot be compared with the real feeling of the crank.
However, in terms of cost performance, instead of buying a handheld with a poor screen and lack of supporting games, it is a hand-held device with an attractive feel. Compared with most players without a specific plot, they will not use this kind of Geek experience is one thing.
Wonderful game Machine door
However, this is still a peculiar brain hole. It is said that the handheld uses a system developed by itself, and mainly provides various independent games with special gameplay. Players enjoy.
The only benefit is that you don’t have to pay for subsequent games after you purchase the machine.
Obviously, this is a game console designed for some loyal experiencers of independent games who are particularly sentimental. It can be regarded as a kind of breakthrough under the mainstream market of game consoles monopolized by mainstream manufacturers.
Similar to this weird breakthrough, there have been many times in the game industry. In 1984, a Japanese company launched a pink game console with the purpose of attacking the female market.
The result may have inspired the colorful thinking of the iPod.
About ten years later, another game console decided to hit the female market.
The gameplay is very strange, that is, the game console There is a built-in color printer, players can draw their own girl comics through the comic drawing game, andPrint it out immediately; in addition, there are various photo stickers...
Does it feel particularly beautiful? So, it still failed.
But if you don’t try it, how can you know if it’s not working?
What if it succeeds?
How many classic games or game consoles were not surrounded by cynicism at the beginning of their birth. As for the success or failure, there are two things:
The amazing Nintendo game console Switch, its Labo suit, is the stuff that can provide VR experience with corrugated paper. There are enough likes and wonderful gameplay, but there are few people who try it...
No In addition, most people who are not confident enough about their grades in manual classes in elementary school dare not easily try such "black" technology, which is too expensive.
It’s okay, NintendoI didn't intend to have too many people playing, just show muscles, make people remember and buy Switch.
This is the same as the folding screen mobile phones that currently have no practical use.
Published in "People’s Post and Telegraph" June 28, 2019, "Le You Ji" Column 241
Zhang Shule, People’s Daily Online, People’s Post and Telegram Columnist, InternetAnd game industry observers