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  • iPhone Sets Guinness Records



    In the 2011 Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition Apple stole a number of records from the clutches of Sony, and Nintendo.

    The iPhone supplanted the Nintendo DS as the "Fastest-selling Portable Gaming System" selling 1.5million units during launch week. In comparison the PSP sold 200,000 during its first week, and the Nintendo DS sold 500,000 units.

    The App Store also earned the title "Most Popular Application Marketplace." Guinness did note that out of the 260,00 apps available in the App Store, 61 are fart apps. My favorite being Fart Ocarina.

    Angry Birds earned "Top Paid-For App Store Game in Most Countries" proving that birds with furrowed brows are awesome in more than American's minds. Tap Tap Revenge was named "Most Popular iPhone Game Series," and Plants vs. Zombines was named the "Fastest-Selling iPhone/iPod Strategy Game."

    I do question the fairness of pitting these dedicated video game devices against a universally lauded after device like the iPhone. They are competitors in the gaming market, but they do fill very different niches.

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Sets Guinness Records started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 85 Comments
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      what would you guys be saying if the psp had cell phone capabilities? is the computer a gaming console if it can do word processing and spreadsheets? is the ds a graphics tablet since you can draw on it? who cares if the iphone is or is not a gaming console. to outsell handhelds TAILORED for video games, is pretty impressive. leave it at that. and it isn't about the phone itself, it is about the developers. jesus christ.

      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Bleh, tablet, computer, what's the difference.
      there is a HUGE difference in capabilities and potential. if all you want to do is use the internet, then not much. that is of course unless you want to play your l337 games on newgrounds.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by kenpura View Post
      what would you guys be saying if the psp had cell phone capabilities? is the computer a gaming console if it can do word processing and spreadsheets? is the ds a graphics tablet since you can draw on it? who cares if the iphone is or is not a gaming console. to outsell handhelds TAILORED for video games, is pretty impressive. leave it at that. and it isn't about the phone itself, it is about the developers. jesus christ.



      there is a HUGE difference in capabilities and potential. if all you want to do is use the internet, then not much. that is of course unless you want to play your l337 games on newgrounds.
      Technically speaking a tablet is a computer.
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      that is why i didn't dismiss the tablet as a computer. i just pointed out the difference in potential
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by kenpura View Post
      to outsell handhelds TAILORED for video games, is pretty impressive.
      No it's not impressive because the iPhone itself is not specifically tailored for video gaming. More people have use for a phone that provide a variety of features such as HTML web browsing, messaging, calling, and music playing than people do for a strictly gaming-only device.

      Comparing iPhone sales to a gaming device sale is ridiculous. They serve two different purposes.
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      did you even read my post?
    1. dgmdgm's Avatar
      dgmdgm -
      This discussion really demonstrates how much trouble some people (including Apple) have in getting their head around the concept of a multifunction device. For example this is what I use my "iPhone" for, in order of frequency:
      • Clock
      • Calendar
      • To Do
      • Music
      • Dictionary
      • Weather forecast
      • Twitter
      • Games
      • SMS
      • Telephone
      • E-mail
      • Train timetable
      • Alarm clock
      • Web access
      • Calculator
      • Street directory
      • Photographs
      • Video

      Every iPhone owner could make a similar list (with many variations in content and order). This demonstrates to me that "iPhone" is clearly a misnomer; it does a lot of other things (and in my case "Phone" barely makes the top-ten of the functions I use).

      IMHO Apple should have just used the single brand "iPod" for the devices currently under the brands "iPod" and "iPhone". Note that this is the approach Apple used for the iPad (i.e., they released an iPad with 3G, not an "iPadPhone").

      The corrollary to the above is that it makes perfect sense to include iPhone in sales statistics for "phones" "gaming systems", "cameras", "alarm clocks", etc., etc., because it does all those functions. The fact that is not dedicated to any of these functions is irrelevant, because it is competing directly with dedicated devices in those categories.
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      Quote Originally Posted by dgmdgm View Post
      This discussion really demonstrates how much trouble some people (including Apple) have in getting their head around the concept of a multifunction device. For example this is what I use my "iPhone" for, in order of frequency:
      • Clock
      • Calendar
      • To Do
      • Music
      • Dictionary
      • Weather forecast
      • Twitter
      • Games
      • SMS
      • Telephone
      • E-mail
      • Train timetable
      • Alarm clock
      • Web access
      • Calculator
      • Street directory
      • Photographs
      • Video

      Every iPhone owner could make a similar list (with many variations in content and order). This demonstrates to me that "iPhone" is clearly a misnomer; it does a lot of other things (and in my case "Phone" barely makes the top-ten of the functions I use).

      IMHO Apple should have just used the single brand "iPod" for the devices currently under the brands "iPod" and "iPhone". Note that this is the approach Apple used for the iPad (i.e., they released an iPad with 3G, not an "iPadPhone").

      The corrollary to the above is that it makes perfect sense to include iPhone in sales statistics for "phones" "gaming systems", "cameras", "alarm clocks", etc., etc., because it does all those functions. The fact that is not dedicated to any of these functions is irrelevant, because it is competing directly with dedicated devices in those categories.
      best response to this thread.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by kenpura View Post
      did you even read my post?
      Youre implying that a device tailored exclusively for gaming should be more popular than the iPhone?
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      not at all.. whatever you think i am implying is your own perception of what i was trying to say.
    1. Pmpdady's Avatar
      Pmpdady -
      Somebody needs a nap!
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Bleh, tablet, computer, what's the difference.
      Point taken, but I'd buy a PC any day before I'd buy an iPad


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      Plants vs. Zombines was named the "Fastest-Selling iPhone/iPod Strategy Game."
      You mean Zombies?
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by ensigma View Post
      You mean Zombies?
      Wow I just noticed that.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Umm. The iPhone is not a "gaming system". Just because something has the ability to play games doesn't mean it should be classified as such. The primary functions of the iPhone are phone, Internet, and music.

      I can play games on my my Motorola flip phone. Does that make it a gaming system to?
      Your motorola flip is touch screen, have the same resolution as an iPhone and accelerometer? You can play all kind of different consoles emulators in your motorola flip like iPhone too? An iPhone is a lot of things in one, including a game system.
    1. NUBBZ91's Avatar
      NUBBZ91 -
      I know that the iPhone has better games than a damn Atari. Which is a gaming system.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Umm. The iPhone is not a "gaming system". Just because something has the ability to play games doesn't mean it should be classified as such. The primary functions of the iPhone are phone, Internet, and music.

      I can play games on my my Motorola flip phone. Does that make it a gaming system to?
      True. I agree but so many people do play games on their iDevices as opposed to Motorola flip phone. I don't think the iPod/iPhone should be considered a gaming device until somebody comes out with an actual controller with buttons and joysticks for it. I hate games that use virtual joysticks and buttons.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by kenpura View Post
      not at all.. whatever you think i am implying is your own perception of what i was trying to say.
      Which is..........
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      Point taken, but I'd buy a PC any day before I'd buy an iPad


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
      ^^^^^^^Now this is the post of a true genius^^^^^^
      I applaud you.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Your motorola flip is touch screen, have the same resolution as an iPhone and accelerometer? You can play all kind of different consoles emulators in your motorola flip like iPhone too? An iPhone is a lot of things in one, including a game system.
      Wrong! Touch screens, resolution, and accelerometers don't make a phone a true gaming system. They just enhance its ability to play various types of games with greater ease. But it's still not the same experience as a true gaming system.

      When you can play games like Modern Warfare 2 with anything near the ease that you can play it with on the real gaming consoles then come back and we'll talk. Try playing a complex game like that on your iPhone and it turns into a joke real fast.

      Playing Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, and iShoot does not magically classify the iPhone as a "gaming system". It is just a device that has the ability to play games.

      Using your fingers to constantly perform actions through the screen itself gets in the way and reduces reaction times, accuracy, and the overall experience in general.

      That's about the time you'll start to miss your console.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Guess what? The iPhone is a bunch of things, including a gaming system. The main reason it's outselling these other 'gaming systems' is BECAUSE it does a lot of things, and the gaming systems don't. It's also succeeding because it does many games very well, and it does them it's own way. The Wii does games it's own way too. It just happens to be a piece of crap.

      If you're a runner, a swimmer and a pilot, that doesn't mean you can't enter into a race. You're still a runner regardless. It just makes victory that much sweeter when you beat out a bunch of people who are only committed to that one thing.