Karl reminded me of two new games for the Playstation that depart from the normal 3D extravaganza. The first is another EyeToy game called EyePet. Basically you draw with a special pen and your doodles become 3D and part of the mixed-reality world of the game and your virtual ‘pet’.

The second is Echochrome, which seems to be a bit like Portal (PC DVD) , except that it is in a plain, wireframe and stickman style:

Echochrome HD Gameplay from Banzaiaap on Vimeo.

It’s very encouraging to see this trend towards games that designed from a point of view of ingenuity rather than pure 3D rendering power. There’s nothing wrong with full-on 3D games rendered in luscious detail, but I don’t feel games as a medium progress much when that’s the only focus.

There is little difference between the basic gameplay of Wolfenstein 3D:


and Call of Duty :


Apart from the amount of pixels you are shooting at of course.

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