Gizmondo: Mainstream GPS Gaming

Monday, July 11, 2005

This is a great day. Gizmondo, a new gameboy clone, comes equipped with a GPS receiver for location based games. The park down the street is now, potentially, Evilhorn the Evil’s evil stronghold, dungeon, and online Barnes&Noble. Think one step further and the world is now a one-to-one map of the gaming world. The parking lot you just drove into has seven fully grown razer-tooth drazbacs, which are two levels above you. Looks like you will have to put off grocery shopping until you can grind your way up to level 25.

While the GPS feature is amazing, especially for MMOGs, that is not why this is truly a great day. There is finally a way to lure young, pale, and muscularly underdeveloped people into centralized, unoccupied, and out-of-the-way places, and keep them distracted.