Netbooks are small, cheap computers. They tend to have lower resolution displays and smaller keyboards and touchpads than larger computers. And most netbooks have relatively slow processors and underwhelming graphics cards. That means that while some older or less graphics-intensive games play quite nicely on netbooks, you’re not going to have a lot of luck playing bleeding edge games.
But Intel and The Games Creators think there’s an opportunity for games that are designed specifically for netbooks. They’re running a contest for game developers with prizes including a $5,000 vacation top prize, $1,000 first place awards in each contest category, and a free netbook for second prize winners in each category. Oh yeah, the games will also be featured int he Intel Atom Developer Program Community, so winners get a bit of recognition which could help increase game sales.
Games will bejduged on graphics, game play, and standout elements. The contest also encourages games that fit with the whole netbook-as-a-travel-companion idea, meaning that you can pause the game anytime you like and play for just a few minutes at a time. Games should clearly be designed for low resolution displays. And they can integrate some of the mobility features people might expect from a netbook including location awareness or social integration.
It’s too early to say whether this contest is all it will take to launch a renaissance in netbook gaming. But it’s a start.
Contest entries need to be in by October 3rd.
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