Namco's loading screen minigame patent has ended

You may have wondered over the years why video game developers don't put something a bit more substantial than a 3D model viewer in their loading screens.

The reason is because of a 20-year-old patent from Namco that stated the company was the only one allowed to put minigames in video game loading screens.

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Kalebninja2063d ago

Hopefully everyone takes advantage of this now.

thejigisup2062d ago

DBZ grow the saiba men mini game was fun

FallenAngel19842063d ago

Now we won't be so bored at games with long loading screens

Rivitur2062d ago (Edited 2062d ago )

In b4 no one takes advantage of it.

Well that said unless you're an open world game on consoles loading tiem are usually well below 20secs so idk if mini games will be a thing going forward.

AnotherProGamer2062d ago

-Well that said unless you're an open world game on consoles

Even then games like Witcher 3 and MGSV have no loading times

MaxiPower902062d ago

Mgsv no loading times? Riiiiiight

madmonkey012062d ago

mgs5 loading times were huge! one of the biggest problems, especially when it forced you in and out of the base for no reason at all.

timmyp532062d ago (Edited 2062d ago )

I don't think anyone actually was afraid of infringing on this. Weird though the last time I've seen it was in Okami(Capcom).

OMGitzThatGuy2062d ago (Edited 2062d ago )

"The 20 minute load times arent really an issue because we have provided players with a deep and engrossing minigame that allows us to not optimize jack shit about the loading, Your Welcome"

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