With a week until the presidential election, I thought it was about time to get to my second part of this piece I call; “The Presidential Candidates and their View on Video games.” In the first part of this piece, (See HERE) I covered the views of Presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Now in part two, I will cover John McCain. Before I go on just wanted to remind you that I gave both campaigns plenty of time and opportunity to state for themselves what their stands on video games. I have brought it on myself to find as much quotes and info so I can properly get an idea of their views.
McCain has not said much about on the topic of video games. What he has said strongly opposes what Obama had to say. This was taken from a fellow blogger’s question to John McCain.
BETHESDA, Md. & REDMOND, Wash.–The Wii™ experience is just beginning for Marriott and Renaissance guests, who can now choose from 20 games, including the popular Mario Kart™ Wii, Super Mario Galaxy™, and Wii Sports™ as well as the revolutionary fitness game, Wii Fit™. In a lodging industry first, Marriott International, Inc. is piloting a new specially built Wii hotel game system from Nintendo in select guest rooms and lounges. Wii systems are available at six Marriott and Renaissance properties:
* New York Marriott Marquis
* Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square
* Boston Marriott Cambridge
* Bethesda (Md.) Marriott Suites
* Annapolis (Md.) Marriott Waterfront
* JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix (Lounge only)
Natsume’s Brand New IP Allows Girls To Experience the World of a
Burlingame, Calif., September 30, 2008 – Natsume, a worldwide developer
and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that
Princess Debut for the Nintendo DS has officially shipped to retail
for an MSRP of $29.99. Princess Debut continues Natsume’s commitment
to publishing family-friendly interactive entertainment. Perfect for
girls of all ages and skill levels, the rhythm and adventure title
offers girls the chance to step into an enchanting world where they
are the princess of a magical kingdom.
Just wanted to point something out from this podcast. In the question section of the podcast, Mat stats that the Nintendo conference later this week will probably be embargoed until next week.
– Nikkei spilled the beans on the potential of a future Nintendo DS
– Rumors have always been out there, but Nikkei is like the Wall Street Journal of Japan, so when they say something, you kind of listen.
– Updated version of Nintendo DS, adding a second touch screen, bigger screens SD card and mp3 support. Suggested faster Wi-Fi and alluded that Nintendo wants to have more connectivity like Safeco Field
– Also saying there’s a camera, Craig says the camera could also be used at the Wii’s i-Toy.
– Another theory from Craig: Save files off the Wii to the DS -> Wii’s storage solution. Bozon also thinks they’ll open up the SD card, like what Vicarious has been doing.
– Backward compatibility could be a problem with bigger screens
Feel Like You’re Really Farming With the Nintendo Wii Remote!
Burlingame, Calif., September 29, 2008 – Natsume, a worldwide developer
and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Nintendo Wii has officially
shipped to retail for an MSRP of $49.99. The launch continues the
ten-year anniversary celebration of the popular Harvest Moon
franchise. The ten-year commemoration includes special anniversary
packaging, various retail promotions with special collectible
pre-order plush toys, an exclusive 10th anniversary DS Lite Kit,
strategy guides, and many more specialty items.
“We are proud to release Harvest Moon for the first time on the
Nintendo Wii platform,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of
Natsume. “With the new setting, characters, motion-sensitive controls,
and the most refined gameplay yet, we’re sure that both Harvest Moon
fans and new players alike will be delighted with Harvest Moon: Tree
E for All 2008: FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Results from a survey recently fielded by Entertainment for All® Expo (E for All®), the consumer video game expo held October 3-5, 2008, in Los Angeles, and PoshMama.com, an online community exclusive to women around the world, indicate some surprising trends relating to women and video games. Front and center: many women would rather play video games than catch up on sleep, according to the new survey which polled more than 120 PoshMama members on their video game habits. Responses were gleaned from the high percentage of female respondents (71%) who said that they play video games.
According to the E for All / PoshMama survey, more than one-third of those surveyed say that they play video games when they should be sleeping. Women in the survey also say they play video games in other unusual circumstances, including: while on the phone (32%); while at work/in a meeting (20%); and, while preparing for work (12%). When it comes to spare time, nearly twice as many women say that, if given an extra hour of free time at home, they would rather play video games than catch up on sleep.
NEW YORK – September 22, 2008 – Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announced today an agreement with Scholastic Interactive, a division of Scholastic Media (SM) (http://www.scholastic.com/), to distribute the Group’s console and handheld titles in North and South America. Titles under the agreement include Goosebumps HorrorLand for Wii, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo DS and Ultimate I SPY for Wii, scheduled for release in October, as well as catalog titles I SPY Fun House and Animal Genius for Nintendo DS.
“The Majesco team is excited to help Scholastic bring to market games based on two of their most well known and successful franchises, Goosebumps and I SPY, as well as expand the distribution of their catalog titles,” said Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations, Majesco.
Wii and Nintendo DS Fans Get Two Great New Games on the Same Day
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 22, 2008 – Today, two popular Nintendo characters launch their new video games on a rare dual-launch day. Conniving Wario™ appears in Wario Land™: Shake It! for the Wii™ console, while “super tuff pink puff” Kirby™ arrives in Kirby Super Star™ Ultra for Nintendo DS™. Both characters have millions of fans, and each game plays to the strengths of its lead character.
Wario Land: Shake It! looks like a hand-drawn cartoon that players can control. It’s a classic-style side-scrolling game in which players navigate Wario through a series of enemies and hazards. The game features motion controls: Players shake the Wii Remote™ controller to help Wario shake down his enemies, free coins from treasure bags and even cause earthquakes. Wario’s narcissistic personality is on full display as he sets out to get his hands on the Bottomless Coin Sack.
On Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, eight Wii video games will be featured as the top eight deals in the Amazon.com Gold Box. The identities of each deal will be revealed …
Wii Sports™ introduced new players to the world of video games. Wii Fit™ got even more people interested in fun and fitness.
Now Wii Music™ builds on that inclusive legacy …
September 18, 2008 – Washington, DC – Shigeru Miyamoto, senior managing director of Nintendo Co., Ltd., will be receiving the 2009 ESA Champion Award at the annual “Nite to Unite for Kids” dinner, sponsored by the ESA Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association’s charitable arm. “Nite to Unite for Kids” is the computer and video game industry’s premiere fundraising event, benefiting children’s charities across America.
“Miyamoto-san truly has defined video games as we know them today,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “With his remarkable creativity and passion for fun, family entertainment, Miyamoto-san and his team at Nintendo have produced many iconic games that appeal to audiences of all ages.”
‘From Bags to Riches’ Includes DS Systems with Fashion Handbag Rentals
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 17, 2008 – Women who prefer the hottest designer handbags draped over their arms will now be able to have the hottest portable video game system at their fingertips as well. Nintendo has partnered with From Bags to Riches, a popular online handbag-rental service, to include stylish and colorful Nintendo DS™ systems and games with some rentals through the end of 2008.
From Bags to Riches subscribers will have the chance to borrow a Nintendo DS and games, free of charge, with a 30-day rental of one of From Bags to Riches’ featured handbags from such coveted designers as Prada, Tory Burch, Gucci and Juicy Couture. Consumers can choose the handbag and Nintendo DS that best suit their taste on FromBagstoRiches.com. After the conclusion of the rental period, consumers simply return the Nintendo DS along with the bag.