Popular web comic Penny Arcade has been around for as long as I can remember. With its sharp sense of humor, it's kept gamers laughing with glee. Now with its new iOS app, Penny Arcade's Decide-o-tron sets out to solve the gamer's biggest dilemma: what game to play next.
We've all been there. A spare hour to game and it's impossible to decide what to play. I tend to find myself staring at that pile of games and before I know it, my spare time is gone and I hardly had a chance to actually play anything. The Decide-o-tron 8000, to give it its full title, will hopefully solve that dilemma by deciding for me.
Arriving on the App store in the next few weeks, the app requires the bare minimum of effort. Users just have to input their gaming preferences and then the app's predictive technology figures out from a list of more than 10,000 games what games should be recommended. Recommendations cover most major consoles such as PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Network, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Marketplace, Wii, Nintendo DS, DSI and 3DS, WiiWare/Virtual Console, GameCube, GameBoy Advance and PC games. Users can always manually add items to the catalogue too, either by scanning in the barcode or entering a search keyword.
Besides recommendations, wishlist functionality is included with the ability to share it with friends or family. As well as all that, play lists are included from online and gaming personalities starting with Penny Arcade's Mike “Gabe” Krahulik and Jerry “Tycho” Holkins. Other famous people are promised to be included in the future.
Ultimately though, the great advantage here is to have the decisions of what game to play next made a heck of a lot easier, kind of like a gaming equivalent to music recommendation service Pandora Radio.
It's all a pretty cool idea and potentially very useful. Penny Arcade's Decide-o-tron 8000 is now available for free, check it out. Check out the screenshots below.