Last week, Microsoft announced a joint initiative with the British National Archives. There is concern that billions of public documents will soon be obsolete. Microsoft has stepped in to offer its "software virtualisation" solution, Virtual PC 2007, as well as a bunch of old operating systems. Isn't it about time we had a similar endeavour for video games?
On May 12, the <i>Guardian</i> reported on Google's plans to psychologically profile online gamers and then hawk the information to advertisers. The company has filed patents for a technology that analyses the tactics we use in games like <i>World of Warcraft</i> and <i>Quake</i>, so that in-game ads can be individually doctored to the player.
For years, video-game watchers have complained that there is no mainstream channel for independently produced games. Xbox Live Arcade and now the PlayStation 3's E-Distribution Initiative have shifted the industry mindset, with Microsoft and Sony actively courting the indie development scene.
A games drought is coming. Xbox 360 owners in the United Kingdom will get <i>Crackdown</i> this week then nothing much until the likes of <i>Mass Effect</i>, <i>Bioshock</i> and, of course, <i>Halo 3</i>. Wii fans have <i>Mario</i> and <i>Metroid</i> titles to look forward to in the distant future.