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| "Re(5):Games on Playdate" , posted Tue 28 May 10:57|
Sadly, it reminds me of the idealistic OLPC project, which was originally built around delivering a proposed $100 wi-fi capable laptop that could be charged by a hand crank.
I remember that! It would be funny if they somehow made it dual purpose. We have a hand cranked flashlight/charger in our emergency pack, so maybe I can use that to charge my Playdate when the world ends.
Speaking from a pretentious designer perspective, the fact that this thing is so simple yet has a "crank wrinkle" is sort of nice. It amazes me how complicated games are these days... of course I'm doing nothing to make that better, but when you look at how many games require you to operate the camera and move the character at the same time, with our complicated controllers with 18+ inputs, it's a bit insane. So going to a black and white, 2D plane with limited input can prevent you from overcomplicating your design... maybe?
Of course, kids today play Fortnite on their phones so what do I know...