Saturday, March 12, 2005 12:23 PM

Puppies, puppies, puppies, puppies, puppies, puppies, puppies, puppies, PUPPIES!

There's some great actual video footage (Look for the "stream for free" links in blue) of the game Nintendogs on Gamespot from the watershed game developers conference earlier this week. We're getting wind of some awesome capabilities. There's voice recognition - which should lead to much puzzling cooing to your DS in public.

Notably - the game integrates a feature we've all been wanting for quite some time. Wake from sleep. If you walk by another DS with puppies and both of your consoles are in sleep mode, they will detect each other and begin barking. They'll also play a 5 second message prerecorded on the DS's microphone. You can get fleas from other people's dogs, but these puppies don't grow up and can't die - this not a Tamagotchi.

Speaking of puppies...

If you don't know about the public radio show "This American Life" you should definitely check this out. It is the Simpsons of radio - which is to say, the finest example of it's milieu. The accompanying link is an excellent intro to this shockingly good, funny, smart and moving program. This episode has a thoughtful audio essay on the power of puppies.

Act One. Puppy Love. Molly FitzSimons tells the story of her father starting over. After 25 years in the same zip code, as an executive in the same company, he moved to LA and tried to start over in a new life with a new venture: a cable channel, with no people, no talking, no plots, but lots and lots of puppies. (15 minutes).




At 2:39 PM, Louis said...

I really cant wait for nintendogs... it just looks like its going to be a fanstastic game, and im sure there are going to be some great sequals = ]

At 3:18 PM, Silent K said...

I too am EXTREMELY excited about Nintendogs. I really like dogs, but I've been alergic to them all my life, so this will be a nice replacement, plus it's a game that my girlfriend might like. And, Finally, the WAKE FROM SLEEP function will be used!

I really can't wait for this game (well animal crossing and mariokart too...)

Side thought that I just had right now, wouldn't the DS be an excellent medium for Pikmin, using the stylus and all?? hmmm... Finally the news begins to look on the upside for the DS crew. ^_^


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