Microsoft Working On In-Game FAQs?

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Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii has a thing called "Super Guide". Helps you out when you're stuck. Nintendo will almost definitely be using the technology again, but trademark filings reveal they may not be the only ones.

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Microsoft filed a patent in 2008 for a similar system for the Xbox 360, only instead of consulting the game itself for help, it would use Xbox Live to connect to a database and ask other users for tips.

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An in-game GameFAQS, then, if you will.

The patent (remember, it's just a patent, meaning it's a possibility, not a definite) says this system would allow for not just the posting of text guides by tip authors, but also screenshots and videos as well, with any media able to be scrawled on with a digital pen.

Interesting, but then it begs the question; if these tips are available over a paid service, will prominent authors be reimbursed for their efforts?

Microsoft's Answer To Nintendo's Super Guide [Siliconera]

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Evil-Shrubb3ry
Evil Shrubb3ry

Woohoo, the death of the puzzle genre is finally upon us! It's about time, let's destroy the problem solving aspects of video games to help humans become collectively less thoughtful, whoo!!!

Seriously, I understand this is geared more towards the casual audience, and dare I say it, noob, but really? What the **** happened to trying to make video games challenging!?

Yeah it's entertainment but what the hell's wrong with making intelligence a part of that?