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Video games preview tech innovations

Many of the Apple iPhone’s nifty features were first deployed by the Nintendo DS or the Sony PSP game devices, said Andy Kessler in The Wall Street Journal.

Andy KesslerThe Wall Street Journal

The military used to develop the pricey technology that ended up in homes and offices, said Andy Kessler. “Computers were created during World War II to calculate artillery firing and to break codes.” Similarly, GPS, microwaves, and even Blu-ray discs were derived from “government acquisition programs.” But in recent years the source of some of the coolest technology has been video games. “Every time someone fires up a video game like Call of Duty or World of Warcraft, the state of the art in technology advances.”

Many of the Apple iPhone’s nifty features were first deployed by the Nintendo DS or the Sony PSP game devices. The same features that allow distant gamers to join forces against trolls in World of Warcraft are bound to show up in the business world soon, enabling “traders or marketers” to collaborate more efficiently. The “entertainment-industrial complex” not only has access to the capital required to make technological leaps, it also has the support of millions of consumers who make such investments pay off.

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