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Sony Patent May Add New Mechanics to Old, Emulated Games

by Eric Frederiksen | January 3, 2014January 3, 2014 8:30 pm PST


If you enjoyed playing NES Remix but were wishing for a bit more of a Sony flavor – maybe some Ridge Racer and Crash Bandicoot – then hold onto your hats.

In a patent discovered by IGameResponsibly, it looks like Sony is looking to do just that, but with a very different approach to creating it.

The patent notes that mini-games are becoming popular lately. This patent was filed in 2012, so it’s not a reference to NES Remix, but more likely things like the excellent WarioWare series. It makes the seemingly obvious observation that “since the mini-game is derived from a legacy game, the gamer already knows the characters and basic components of the game, and is therefore more likely to play the mini-game.”

The patent proposes that, instead of packing together a bunch of small game files, Sony would stream small segments of games from their servers with new elements layered in, creating new goals within old games. This would be a great use of the Gaikai streaming service Sony purchased a few years back and an interesting approach to the mini-game structure. I would love to see this happen; dipping my toes in nostalgia is a little more appealing than trying to dive in, only to be reminded that there were a lot of things missing from some of my favorite games.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...