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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

New IM Patent from Nintendo

United States patent (7056217)

Title: Messaging service for video game systems with buddy list that displays game being played.

Description: A messaging system includes a web server computer and at least two video game systems. Each game system is configured to connect to the web server computer via the Internet and to communicate status data indicative of an activity engaged in by a user thereof. The web server computer generates a session file indicative of user status and the status of each of two or persons on a buddy list of the user.The messaging service client provides the user with an opportunity to create a user profile that is stored in the memory of network server…The user profile may contain any desired user-specific information including, but not limited to, an alias, first name, last name, gender, age, city, state, favorite game, favorite food, favorite sport, hobbies, recommended URL and notes…If desired, users may also be given an opportunity to indicate high scores and other accomplishments achieved on the game network or on stand-alone games. Users may also be provided with the capability of including in their profiles customized faces (images) made up of various user-selected features (e.g., a particular nose, mouth, mustache, etc.) in order to enhance the “persona” of the user. These customized faces may be included with messages. Users may even be provided with the capability of including in their profiles digital images of their own faces generated, for example, using a digital camera…The messaging service client allows the user to create a list (”buddy list”) of other users (”buddies”) with whom he/she wishes to remain in contact…The connecting user and his/her buddies can then communicate with each other on an individual basis and private chat sessions can be set up. These chat sessions are typically text-based, but it also possible to set up voice over Internet sessions between two users…Each of the game systems includes an input device(s) that is usable by a user to create messages. In the case of a game console, an on-screen keyboard may be used and the game controls are usable to select characters from the on-screen keyboard to create messages. In another implementation, a separate keyboard (not shown) may be connected to the game console. In still another implementation, the input device may be a microphone to enable voice over IP communications. Voice over IP may be implemented within the messaging service.

It seems that there may be friend codes, but such friend codes are in fact, universal.

http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html

16 Comments:

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous nate said...

Well, that seems to be in line with the other patents on the site. I hope that there are univeral friend codes.

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

Also, this would require a Mic as well, as we've been readily posting about.

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous nate said...

I still think that it will be in headset form dispite what I've said.

 
At 9:15 PM, Anonymous nintendofan said...

man i hope its not in headset form cause i hate wearing those things

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

Well, if it is a bluetooth headset, it would take up one of the bluetooth ports for the controlers. As far as I know, there are only 4 on the Wii, unless that has changed. So if you were to have a headset, it would limit the number of players.

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous nate said...

That is true. Now that you mention it, I do recall hearing something about the Wii having 4 ports for BlueTooth.

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous nate said...

Just another thought, but would it not just be easy to have a sort of 'pass-through' connector that connects to the end of the Wiimote, into which you can plug in a propritary headset and the Nunchuk?

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

That would be a way around the problem for sure.

 
At 9:43 PM, Anonymous nintendofan said...

they should just put ti in the controler and make it easyer for everyone

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

Theres a point. Would the average gamer want to wear a headset? Then again, would the average gamer want to play online?

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous nate said...

That true, but I think that for those who play online would be alright with wearing a headset, especially if it makes the experience better.

 
At 10:17 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

Well, something is afoot at Nintendo HQ I can tell you that.

 
At 10:30 PM, Anonymous nate said...

It also mentions just plain text. If I recall correctly you had something on here about a patent that talked about converting Speech to Text. I think that they could be related.

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

You mean this? http://theinvisibleland.blogspot.com/2006/05/nintendo-speech-to-text-patent.html

 
At 10:34 PM, Anonymous nate said...

Yes, thats the one. Maybe there will be the option to hear other players voices, or to just receive their messages as text. It could work in the same manner as Metroid on DS, where you can send messages to people on your friends list. Though in this setup you would be able to send text messages to anyone, and your voice to people on your friends list.

 
At 11:09 PM, Anonymous nintendofan said...

yeah,that would be alright. at least you can talk to people that way

 

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