Friday's round-up includes news of the Woz's new interest in gaming, a Nintendo peripheral that helps Mario party down, information on the Elder Scrolls
series getting a little more elderly, and Sonic Team's apparently gender-balanced look at DS relationship simulators.
- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined the advisory board of Eye Games, a PC entertainment company which markets an EyeToy-like webcam game for PC, also called Eye Games
. Wozniak is not generally known for his interest in the games market, though he did help create Breakout
for Atari in the late 1970s.
- Reports from Japan indicates that Nintendo's latest iteration of the popular GameCube Mario Party
series will include a new, packed-in peripheral, the GameCube microphone. According to Famitsu Magazine's reports, Mario Party 6
's mini-games using the peripheral include trivia challenges where players shout the answers to questions. More details are likely later this month at the Tokyo Game Show.
- Developer and publisher Bethesda Softworks has announced The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
, the latest in its long-running epic RPG series. In development since 2002, Oblivion
is being created for PC and next-gen consoles (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 2), and is, therefore, not likely to debut for some time.
- Sega has announced a new Japanese title for Nintendo DS named I Would Die for You
. The premise of the Sonic Team-developed, distinctly unconventional game involves caring for, protecting, and keeping up with your high-maintenance and accident-prone girlfriend, whom you only see in silhouette form. The game has been created under the directorial guidance of Takumi Yoshinaga, designer for Space Channel 5
, and the planning direction of Emiko Suenaga, and the co-ed team of developers is intended to assure that this innovative title, yet to be announced for the West, is not just a testosterone-driven experience, but a complex relationship scenario simulator.