GameGadget, a system that wants to be "the iPod of Gaming"

Posted on November 25, 2011 - 3:00pm by Animan1

UK-based company GameGadget has unveiled a new, open-source game system today, simply titled the "GameGadget 1.0".

The press release is vague, but shows the high ambitions the company has for the system, boasting the tagline "a revolutionary Open Source handheld gaming device that will change the way that games are played, developed and sold."

 Here's what Jason Cooper, creator of the GameGadget, had to say:

“GameGadget has been designed with the ultimate goal of playing every game on a single device, just as the “iPod” was for music. Hundreds of thousands of games are currently “archived” and no longer being enjoyed by Gamers, with no value being generated for the Developers and Publishers. The launch of GameGadget creates a market for gamers to play the games they want to play. The GameGadgetGames service, just like “Apple’s App Store”, allows the owners of these games, to re-market their back catalogue, in their original format, set the appropriate pricing and gain incremental revenue, BUT with no additional investment”.

The system will be released in January 2012, has a price tag of  £99.99 (about $135), and runs a version of Linux. Other than that, not much else is known about the system other than a few screenshots.

If anything, this isn't entirely new. Companies like GamePark Holdings, OpenPandora, and Dingoo Digital have made open source, handheld systems before, but with little success. However, this new system might just have a chance. 

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