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  • iPhone Gaming Dominates GDC


    Apple may frown upon the fact that the iPhone is widely used as a primary handheld gaming device for scores of avid mobile gamers, but there's no denying the truth of the matter. The iPhone as a gaming platform has resonated with millions of video game fanatics. And at the annual Game Developers Conference taking place in San Francisco this week, its clear that the iPhone continues to take center stage beneath the rubric that everyone (but Apple) seems to warmly embrace.

    For the first time in GDC history, game development for the iPhone has been given its own official two-day summit within the convention. That's right. Starting yesterday and continuing into today, thousands of attendees will check out some if not all of the sixteen panels and discussions that comprise the "iPhone Games Summit" at GDC 2010.

    It's attention like this for the iPhone that is making competing video game companies so nervous. Just last month it was widely reported that more developers are now working on games for the iPhone than prominent gaming platforms like the Nintendo DS and even the Sony PSP. Without question, the emergent interest among developers in the iPhone as a gaming device has significantly impacted the video game community - those who make them, and those who play them.

    With the iPhone more popular than ever and the iPad (another potential gaming juggernaut) right around the corner, some are going out on a limb and suggesting that next year's GDC could, for the first time, feature a convention keynote address by someone from Apple. In the past, executives from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have appeared and addressed the convention. Maybe next year will yield the spotlight to Steve Jobs? That's assuming, of course, he would even accept the invitation to begin with.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Gaming Dominates GDC started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. iMack007's Avatar
      iMack007 -
      If only Apple would embrace it's current position in the handheld gaming Market, we could/would see even greater innovations from them.

      It's a shame really, but hey, as long as they keep on producing a good and well balanced combination of hardware vs software and intuitive interfaces, Apple will continue it's dominance in this sector as they are now fully established to take over the world of hand held gaming....lol....only kidding.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      go iPhone
      too bad that emulators arent allowed
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      interesting...
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Too bad 98% of iPhone games are absolutely terrible.
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      If only we had an analog stick and a button
    1. Raaj FX was banned's Avatar
      Raaj FX was banned -
      was Street Fighter IV mentioned?
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Ya know this is a perfect example of Apple is no longer innovative and is becoming more like M$....By ignoring what users want whether it's embracing iPhone as a viable gaming platform, giving us features like multitasking, a dashboard, a seriously overhauled UI, etc.... The fact is now that apple has once again become profitable they've embraced a business model soley based on profits.... I remember a time when I would get excited about the next big OS X release that would actually include new features and UI overhauls that would increase productivity....granted snow leopard added some performance enhancements but it seems as if apple is content with the status quo which works as a business model for them but ignores those who have been loyal to apple even through the bad times.....it's funny they introduced os x as an oasis of open standards and yet the iPhone is more locked down fort knox.... Unfortunately the iPhone doesn't have a good alternative out there so I use it....if android were a bit more mature and polished that would be great unfortunately it reminds me windows releases that were never ready to see the light of day.....just my two pennies
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      the iphone has killed the ds and psp...
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Why doesn't Apple like the fact that they are becoming the biggest gaming platform? More attention=More Money
    1. iMack007's Avatar
      iMack007 -
      ...probably because they don't want to be known primarily as a games device manufacturer....they want to be all things to all users (in a manner of speaking) and not be stereotyped as it might limit their the type of customers. Remember, Apple wants it all! Lol