Wonderbook will make another genre emerge
With the risk of ruining it for myself later when I have to write the review for Book of Spells,
In “Book of Spells”, you get the chance of put yourself into the Harry Potter universe, to be precise; in the library on Hogwarts.
Wonderbook is Sony’s new… well.. Wonder. While we’re still getting used to the AR technology in games (I’m not really a fan, just check out the section “The Bad” in my Smart As review), Sony promises to blow our minds with their new gadget. While the showcase trailers might glorify the invention, I won’t say the showcase trailers overdo it – not the same way that Microsoft did with the Kinect showcase trailers anyway. You guys will just have to wait for the embargo to lift to find out more about the game and book, and of course I will try and have the review ready.
Wonderbook is something I’ve been looking forward to since Sony showcased it at E3, as it’s something new for gamers to enjoy. While it’s obvious that it is marketed for kids around 8 to 12, I can’t but help myself. I love the concept. It is a whole new genre, and that’s what’s intrigues me the most. It was evident that I couldn’t pass it up when I received an invitation to a press event for Wonderbook at Nordisk Films headquarters in Copenhagen.
I arrived and got my badge, and then was told to wait. After a few minutes, I was greeted by a young guy who was responsible for the event. He showed me the way to the meeting room and on the way, shortly told me shortly about the headquarters and the buildings we passed. There was a shop (granted, souvenirs, but who cares…) and a small cinema amongst other things, and that’s where the presentations was held. We sat in the comfy cinema seats while we were listening to three presentations,every one followed by a short Q and A session.
- Russel Harding, creator of Wonderbook
- Elisabeth Staksrud about children and adaptations to new medias
- Bob Stein on the future of the book
Two hours of rather interesting knowledge, both about the development of Wonderbook and the games for it, but also kids and the media, mostly focused on kids being online (did you know kids in the nordic region jump online about 18 months of age?*) and how the parents can handle eventual excessive use, ending with an authors look on the (common/regular)books future and development, then how Wonderbook could make the regular book evolve into something else.
After that, we were shown into another room, where kids from the local school had been invited to try Book of Spells, so that photographers from the press could see how they interacted with the game, and take pictures as well. Sadly I didn’t expect this, so I had left my camera at home.
Non alcoholic drinks, food and sweets were offered throughout the event. A goodie bag was given out, containing Wonderbook, Book of Spells and a Move starter pack. Essentials for the review.
*yeah that was a joke by the presenter, but nonetheless, it shows that the next generation is learning technology at a very young age, especially with the new trend of apps on iOS and Android for babies.
Are you as psyched for this as I am? What about your kids? Comment below!