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Nintendo Patents Sanity?

In a world gone mad... can sanity be patented? Apparently, as United States Patent 6,935,954 (thanks Slashdot) outlines a patent granted Nintendo for a "Sanity system for video game." Here's the abstract:

A video game and game system incorporating a game character's sanity level that is affected by occurrences in the game such as encountering a game creature or gruesome situation. A character's sanity level is modified by an amount determined based on a character reaction to the occurrence such as taking a rest or slowing game progress and/or an amount of character preparation. That is, if a character is prepared for the particular occurrence, the occurrence may have little or no affect on the character's sanity level. As the character's sanity level decreases, game play is effected such as by controlling game effects, audio effects, creating hallucinations and the like. In this context. the same game can be played differently each time it is played.

Feel like you're losing your mind yet?

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19. Re: Hmm Aug 31, 2005, 09:04 Bill Nakano
 
Nintendo's going out of business in 10 years anyway.

Which would actually be worse because the patents would be picked up by an IP firm whose only income is suing people who infringe their patents. Plenty of those about now.

 
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    Date Subject Author
  1. Aug 30, 21:43 Hmmm... Icewind
  2. Aug 30, 21:45  Re: Hmmm... Undead Scottsman
  4. Aug 30, 21:50   Re: Hmmm... MindTrigger
  6. Aug 30, 22:02    Re: Hmmm... Dead Man Walking
  17. Aug 31, 08:12   Re: Hmmm... Sty
  5. Aug 30, 21:52  Re: Hmmm... sponge
  3. Aug 30, 21:50 Got me there Icewind
  7. Aug 30, 22:46 No subject Grandmaster Demonlord Toadeater
  8. Aug 30, 23:14  Re: No subject Yakuza
  9. Aug 30, 23:47   Re: No subject Fantaz
  10. Aug 31, 01:18  Re: No subject UttiniDaKilrJawa
  11. Aug 31, 02:02 No subject Tim
  12. Aug 31, 02:33 Hmm D4rkKnight
  13. Aug 31, 02:49  Re: Hmm Pornosaur
  14. Aug 31, 03:33   Re: Hmm Cynips
>> 19. Aug 31, 09:04    Re: Hmm Bill Nakano
  15. Aug 31, 04:42 No subject Fillem
  20. Aug 31, 10:01  Re: No subject Sunday Ironfoot
  16. Aug 31, 07:42 No subject Starsky
  22. Aug 31, 12:29  Re: No subject Bodolza
  18. Aug 31, 08:57 Maybe Creston
  21. Aug 31, 10:01 This sucks  cliffski 


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