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WiiWare Week Round Up 64

Mark Graham writes "All this week, UK games development site Develop has been running a series of articles under its 'WiiWare Week' banner, analyzing developer's affections for, and the potential success of Nintendo's upcoming WiiWare digital distribution platform. Most revealing is the claim that Nintendo has been secretly 'waging war' on the likes of Sony and Microsoft by capitalizing on frustrations over cuts to the Xbox Live Arcade royalty rate (down from 70% to 35% for any game making under $4m in revenue) and talking up the service's access to a wide audience to win over development support. It features commentary from both established developers (such as David Braben, creator of Elite, and Scott Orr, creator of Madden) — and indie teams (developers of new WiiWare games Pop and Gravitronix) making launch games for the service."

Submission + - Save the Date for the NASA MMO RFP Briefing (nasa.gov)

NASA MMO Team writes: Save the Date for the NASA MMO RFP Briefing April 21, 2008 NASA Massively Multiplayer Online Educational Game RFP Briefing: The NASA Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) Educational Game RFP Briefing is scheduled on April 21 to provide interested development partners an opportunity to learn directly from NASA officials regarding the vision, goals, and expectations for the development of this MMO Educational Game. Participants will also have the opportunity to register for a one-on-one session with NASA officials during the briefing session to discuss specific questions that they have in regard to the upcoming NASA MMO Educational Game Request for Proposal (RFP). The Briefing will be held at the BWI Airport Marriott, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bwiap-bwi-airport-marriott/. Additional information on the Briefing can be found at the NASA MMO home page, http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/MMO/ SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTER TODAY.

Gibson Accuses Guitar Hero of Patent Violation 192

robipilot writes "Video game publisher Activision Inc. has asked a federal court to declare that its popular "Guitar Hero" game does not violate a patent held by real-guitar maker Gibson Guitar Corp. Gibson's 1999 patent covers a virtual-reality device that included a headset with speakers that simulated participating in a concert, according to a complaint filed on Tuesday by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles."

Donkey Kong and Me 123

MBCook sends us to the blog of one Landon Dyer, who posted an entry the other day entitled Donkey Kong and Me. It describes how he was offered at job at Atari after writing a Centipede clone and ended up programming Donkey Kong for the Atari 800. It's full of detail that will be fascinating to anyone who ever programmed assembly language that had to fit into 16K, as well as portents of what was to come at Atari. "My first officemate didn't know how to set up his computer. He didn't know anything, it appeared. He'd been hired to work on Dig Dug, and he was completely at sea. I had to teach him a lot, including how to program in assembly, how the Atari hardware worked, how to download stuff, how to debug. It was pretty bad."

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