Coming soon the the PS3, Wii: Bejeweled(?)

jewelIf you look at the lineup of games for the said consoles, most of them are geared for your typical hard-core gamer – tough, challenging games that require you to rack up hours of play before you can duke it out online without looking like a klutzy noob.

Then there’s casual games: simple and addictive packages you’ll usually be playing in your mobiles, iPods or PDAs. These are the kind of games that PopCap Games is known for.

Known for developing the highly popular Bejeweled 2 and Zuma games, PopCap has already had considerable success in light of the mainstream gaming industry – the release of their games on XBLA, and their recent network collaborations with Valve Software among their recent successes.

These days, they’re aiming for wider horizons as CEO David Roberts discusses, in a recent interview by Next Generation’s Kris Graft, PopCap’s plans in light of the soon-to-be-released PS3 and Wii.

With regards to the upcoming XBLA-ish features he had seen on their future consoles, Roberts commented that while a lot of work had already been done on these two consoles, they were bit behind in comparison to the XBLA. Noting that Microsoft had the time advantage with regards to networking and how it would take a bit more effort for Sony and Nintendo to hold their ground with regards to this.

“The first time I saw XBLA was before they shipped it, and I was truly astounded at how much work they had done to make the kind of ecosystem around it. It seems like itÂ’s simple, but like a lot of things that seem simple, thereÂ’s a lot of work that went on to make it that way, ” Roberts said.

In connection with this, Roberts also had much to say about their recent collaboration with Valve, specifically how he feels that even hardcore gamers could enjoy the occasional casual game.

“The games are still fun, and just because women over 40 like playing Bejeweled and Zuma doesnÂ’t mean that they are the only people that play Bejeweled and Zuma. You know, we donÂ’t make ‘games for girls.Â’ A lot of people think thatÂ’s what casual games are; that theyÂ’re games designed specifically for women over thirty-five.” as he said with regards to this.

Roberts plans to venture into PS3 and Wii’s gaming selections in the near future with this mindset, believing that their line-up of games would be welcome for both the casual mainstream players, and the more hardcore community.

While some of the more hardcore dudes out there might cry foul over this seeming waste of the said console’s other features, we think they just might be on to a niche market that the Sony and Nintendo bigwigs haven’t really looked into. Feel free to read the source link to read the full interview.

Via Next Generation

jewelIf you look at the lineup of games for the said consoles, most of them are geared for your typical hard-core gamer – tough, challenging games that require you to rack up hours of play before you can duke it out online without looking like a klutzy noob.

Then there’s casual games: simple and addictive packages you’ll usually be playing in your mobiles, iPods or PDAs. These are the kind of games that PopCap Games is known for.

Known for developing the highly popular Bejeweled 2 and Zuma games, PopCap has already had considerable success in light of the mainstream gaming industry – the release of their games on XBLA, and their recent network collaborations with Valve Software among their recent successes.

These days, they’re aiming for wider horizons as CEO David Roberts discusses, in a recent interview by Next Generation’s Kris Graft, PopCap’s plans in light of the soon-to-be-released PS3 and Wii.

With regards to the upcoming XBLA-ish features he had seen on their future consoles, Roberts commented that while a lot of work had already been done on these two consoles, they were bit behind in comparison to the XBLA. Noting that Microsoft had the time advantage with regards to networking and how it would take a bit more effort for Sony and Nintendo to hold their ground with regards to this.

“The first time I saw XBLA was before they shipped it, and I was truly astounded at how much work they had done to make the kind of ecosystem around it. It seems like itÂ’s simple, but like a lot of things that seem simple, thereÂ’s a lot of work that went on to make it that way, ” Roberts said.

In connection with this, Roberts also had much to say about their recent collaboration with Valve, specifically how he feels that even hardcore gamers could enjoy the occasional casual game.

“The games are still fun, and just because women over 40 like playing Bejeweled and Zuma doesnÂ’t mean that they are the only people that play Bejeweled and Zuma. You know, we donÂ’t make ‘games for girls.Â’ A lot of people think thatÂ’s what casual games are; that theyÂ’re games designed specifically for women over thirty-five.” as he said with regards to this.

Roberts plans to venture into PS3 and Wii’s gaming selections in the near future with this mindset, believing that their line-up of games would be welcome for both the casual mainstream players, and the more hardcore community.

While some of the more hardcore dudes out there might cry foul over this seeming waste of the said console’s other features, we think they just might be on to a niche market that the Sony and Nintendo bigwigs haven’t really looked into. Feel free to read the source link to read the full interview.

Via Next Generation

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