E3 Coverage - Namco Networks
I met with Scott Rubin, VP of Sales and Marketing for Namco Networks America as my last meeting on Wednesday. This is the first year that Namco Networks has had it's own booth. And it was a huge booth for a mobile games publisher. Scott told me of Namco Networks' success in the past year with the rapid uptake in casual gaming and how their classic arcade games lend themselves very well to the mobile format. Popular titles include Galaga, Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man.
Scott also told me about original Namco Networks titles such as Snoopy and the Red Baron, Dilbert Cubicle Chaos, and Scene it? the number 1 board game in the world. For those of you who don't know about it, like me, it's a tv and movie trivia game. All of these games are network enabled meaning that you can download additional content and they support multi player.
There's currently a Super Pac Man sweepstakes running on Sprint where you can win a Pac Man branded VW Beetle. My pictures didn't come out so good so I can't show it to you.
They also made a joint announcement with Sprint and Motricity that they're going to collect micropayments within games. It's a pretty cool idea. You have the basic payment for the game and then a micropayment for some additional functionality. For example, Galaga is $2.99 a month and then for $0.25 you can unlock a second ship to play with.