Business fashions do move in cycles: Another World on BB 10
THAT old DOS computer game, Another World. has just been ported over to the new BlackBerry operating system, BB 10. Which just goes to show that fashions in the business world really do go in cycles.
Eric Chahi’s seminal game work, Another World, is now available on BlackBerry 10 devices (so … uh, those of you with a Z10, though it also works on PlayBook). And not just any version, but the 20th Anniversary Edition, which adds updated graphics, a remastered soundtrack, and some gesture controls. The game’s one of several titles that publisher DotEmu is bringing to BB10, including notoriously difficult shooter R-Type.
I gained my one and only credit as a producer of a computer game with the port of that same game from DOS to the then new Windows. A long time ago of course.
But what the arrival of Windows did is have everyone scrabbling through the list of games that had appeared on DOS, C-64, Amiga, Atari and all the rest for something that could be moved over to that new operating system. And as the above story shows, there’s people doing exactly the same now for the various new operating systems of iOS, Android, BB 10 and possibly even Windows Phone.
Wait long enough, even in business, and what was old hat becomes fashionable again.