Daily Archives: July 13, 2007

Kaz_hiraiSanta Monica: Sony is a little puzzled at all the plaudits Nintendo is receiving at E3 for its family-friendly gaming.

Wasn’t it Sony who earlier introduced the EyeToy and a range of games that depended on body movements rather than controller buttons? There have been karaoke, fitness and dancing games to play and the PlayStation3 controller has more motion sensitivity built in than the Wiimote. Read more

IwatamiiSanta Monica: When Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, took to the stage at the E3 video games summit this week he talked about cookery, vision training exercises, brain teasers, word games and lifestyle coaching.

The latest Super Mario and Legend of Zelda adventures were left to others to demonstrate. The 47-year-old Nintendo chief is focusing on the non-gamers as his company leads the way in expanding the market with titles for its DS portable and Wii console aimed at nine year olds to 95-year-olds. Read more

China’s policy of blocking overseas websites has been noted here on more than one occasion, but it still comes as a surprise to find that FT Tech Blog itself appears to have become a victim of the government’s shadowy censors.

In recent days it has not been possible to access this part of the ft.com website from Beijing and Shanghai, with page requests just timing out – the usual symptom of a blocked site. The blog loads fine if accessed through an offshore proxy site designed to evade the censor. And a quick check on the block-checker site greatfirewallofchina.org  (see picture) also suggests we have been blacklisted. Read more