SEGA clearly thinks the Wii and the DS are just for kids. The upcoming sports minigame adaptation of the next Summer games will be available for the Xbox 360, the PS3, and the PC – but not the Wii or the DS. With Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games already available on those platforms, SEGA clearly feels that ‘the kids’ will be satisfied a caricature of the greatest show on Earth.
The full title is ‘Beijing 2008™ - the Official Video Game of the Olympic Games.’ The biggest new feature it will offer is full online play for all three versions. The game will simulate ‘over 35 events,’ all of which will take place in re-creations of the over-engineered venues being constructed for the Olympics.
Nintendo gamers needn’t feel too left out. While it’s to be published by SEGA, Beijing 2008 is being developed by Eurocom Entertainment Software. Eurocom created the video game adaptation of the Athens Olympics, as well as middling action games based on Ice Age, Robots, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman Begins.
An aspiring world power, the People’s Republic of China has been working on several fronts to increase its global profile. Whether sending men into space, submarines into Japanese territorial waters, or protesters into prison, the communist dictatorship has spared no expense in putting itself on the map. The Beijing Games are meant to be the cherry on the super-power cake, but pollution and social unrest may yet spoil the party. Even if protestors manage to mar proceedings, at least the video game adaptation will present a front of hermetically sealed civility.
Beijing 2008 will go on sale this Winter.