The fact that the PSP is the best mobile platform for all media has been proven yet again by the release, yesterday, of Ultimate Team Play. No - don’t go hunting for reviews or trailers. This is actually a private label management training game developed for the hotel chain Hilton Gardens.
Interestingly, at the recent Macworld Expo, Apple held a variety of educational seminars to show off what they reckon are iPhone’s and iPod’s usefulness in the classroom. And as our last post revealed - there is now wifi on school buses in the UK .
The graphics used in Ultimate Team Play(above and below), are like those in the oo7 games, we reckon . And its not a big stretch to see how the RPG games we already enjoy could be modified to be used as a training tool.
Can all this possibly mean that the education sector has recognized the benefits of fun in learning? And could that mean that we will soon see PSP’s toted into classrooms at schools and universities? Well, we can but hope!
Perhaps we will see Sony set up a “continual learning” institute to rival its Sony Pictures company. Because, as John Cleese (Q in the latest 007 movie) discovered back in the 80s, there is big bucks to be made in the management training market (Meetings Bloody Meetings - one of his more famous training videos - for example, sells for around $1000 a video, even today!) and his company is still producing training videos.
John Cleese in meetings bloody meetings (left) and as Q in Die Another Day video game character.
(The old way and the new?)
Perhaps Sony are beginning to see there is great potential in the PSP as a novel way to help them move into this profitable market?