Nostalgia is hard and if you’re a gamer even more. Cartridges, the physical format, the covers of those games that we enjoy in the childhood… The nostalgia that today makes us pay a fortune for titles which were not worth much. Aware of this, in Japan have thought in a rather curious to play on our mobile format.
Beatrobo presented at the Tokyo Game Show Peak Cassette, a cartridge that is connected to the jack on the handset in our mobile and allows us, as in the consoles of the 1980s and 1990s, play our favorite titles. At the moment it’s a prototype and there are no trade agreement with developers, but the idea is already on the table.
Digital games who want physical format
The idea is very simple: we bought or downloaded a game in the memory of your phone and whenever we want to play we have to connect the cartridge to the phone jack. This little accessory is responsible for emitting a beep can not perceive with the ear but that serves to unlock the game and can play. This is technically similar to Square what used to verify payment card magnetic stripe in United States.
For the Japanese is not new nor, Beatrobo has been using this technology (PlugAir) in audiovisual content such as music and videos where a small piece connected to the jack acts as a key needed to see and hear something that is previously stored in the mobile.
The only thing interesting is the possibility of using the cartridge as a way of storing items in the cloud and to load when playing on another device which had played in other mobile or tablet. A detail to take into account although increasingly introduce this option through Google Play more games.
A way to evoke nostalgia even though, in my opinion, no such grace as what was once the cartridges of consoles. In the end it is a kind of simple DRM to unlock digital content. Recently I got a NES and a Super Nintendo and blowing and connect one of these cartridges is difficult to replicate and less with this format.
Even so, the idea is interesting and could serve to sell digital games in physical format. Think for example of all these re-editions of classic console games that are now available on Google Play. Funny as a niche product for the most nostalgic curiosity. Currently there are no planned games and the only thing that could be seen in Japan was a copy of Flappy Bird. Time to time.