Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
December 16, 2018
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Nintendo Files Patent For 'Massively Single-Playing Online Game'

Nintendo Files Patent For 'Massively Single-Playing Online Game'

August 12, 2011 | By Tom Curtis

While Nintendo has historically hesitated to fully embrace online connectivity with its games and hardware, a recently-published patent from the company outlines the concept of a "Massively Single-Playing Online Game."

The patent, first filed in early 2010, says that in this type of game, users playing a single player title could influence the characters and world of another user playing the same single player title, reports Gamespot.

Based on the patent's description, this concept hopes to capture the positive elements of online play without the need for human-to-human interaction: "Those who want to play games that are more dynamic, not-based on Al and not-pre-scripted like multiplayer games, however, don't want to 'deal' with other people, appreciate the privacy it provides," the patent says.

Elsewhere, the patent refers to the "a home video game system such as the Nintendo Wii 3D video game system," a seemingly different console than the company's previously announced Wii U system.

Despite Nintendo's patent, however, no other evidence suggests either the "Massively Single-Playing Online Game" or the "Wii 3D" will ever see an official release. Nintendo has previously filed a number of patents that never saw the light of day, such as a mood lighting system for the Wii and even a blow-up horse saddle.

Related Jobs

Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions — Bellevue, Washington, United States

Cinematic Animator
Cignition — Palo Alto, California, United States

Game Programmer
Monomi Park
Monomi Park — San Mateo, California, United States

Senior Game Designer
Wombat Studio
Wombat Studio — Santa Clara, California, United States

Mobile Engineer

Loading Comments

loader image