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  • Apple Not Fond of iPhone Gaming

    Perhaps the reason Apple seems to be the only one dragging its feet on developing the run-away popularity of gaming on the iPhone and iPod Touch is because, as some suspected, Apple doesn't really like the idea of their Juggernaut mobile devices becoming dominant platforms for mobile video gaming.

    Over time, subtle hints are being dropped by those working closely with Apple that the folks in Cupertino are becoming increasingly more irritated by the references to Apple's iPhone/iPhone as popular gaming systems.

    From Apple Insider:

    John Carmack, creator of the classic PC game Doom, described working with Apple as a "rollercoaster ride," and suggested that company executives are not happy about the popularity of gaming on the iPhone and iPod touch.
    Carmack says the top suits at Apple aren't pleased with the direction mobile gaming is taking as far as their devices are concerned: "They're not proud of the iPhone being a game machine, they wish it was something else."

    This news, of course, comes as anything but music to the ears of avid gamers like myself who find themselves playing less PSP now that a flurry of phenomenal games have found their way to the iPhone. Although other mobile gaming systems present some advantages over the iPhone, the convenience factor of having an outstanding phone and a terrific gaming system all in one can't be replicated elsewhere.

    But can Apple really afford to reject a movement that has become larger than their hopes for the iPhone - those that, dare I say, arrogantly regard the iPhone as "above the fray" of lowly hand held gaming devices. Carmack thinks Apple will have little choice but to change its attitude over time.

    Carmack believes the executives at Apple have had to embrace the iPhone/Touch as a gaming platform as a result of the overwhelming popularity that games have enjoyed at the App store. Apple executive John Geleynse was quoted earlier this year as saying "it's not a phone, it's a console experience."
    But don't look for that detachable keyboard that gamers are begging for anytime soon. Apple is going to make us wait while they "warm to the idea" of the writing that's clearly already on the wall.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Not Fond of iPhone Gaming started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. LEVMAN's Avatar
      LEVMAN -
      The empire is at it again.........
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by sandyt87 View Post
      To be honest who wants an ipod touch if they can combine a phone with the same functionality of the ipod?? 2 birds one stone.

      Fair enough some people wont want that (for financial reasons, they like their old phone etc etc)but for the majority of us we do.

      You are forgetting a big segment of iPod Touch users are kids/teenagers and those who don't want to or can afford an iPhone with a $70+/mo. cell phone bill.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Apple needs to realize the iPhone needs to either be as unrestricted as the full size OS-X, OR become the best damn gaming platform there is because if it can't be one it better be the other or it's nothing at all. Just another "half azz good design". They don't wanna be stiff and productive business like as microsoft, yet don't want to game. Well Apple, that is called middle of nowhere.
    1. kaizersix's Avatar
      kaizersix -
      what the hell?! If you watched the "it's only rock and roll" keynote last september, Steve Jobs specifically wanted to push the iPod Touch as a gaming device. Are you suggesting that other execs/employees in Apple disagree with Steve Jobs?
    1. Sowhatu's Avatar
      Sowhatu -
      because the iphone can ALSO do games nicely.... that is why people choose IPHONE over the masses of other smartphones.
      if iphone didnt do games and apps and such, i'd buy the HTC instead or the BlackBerry.
      how dare apple complain that they're surely becomming a monopoly of smartphones.
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      I am ready I do have a psp I would rather play my phone at work when we are slow why are the game devs not working with Cydia. Apple don't want it we do f*** Apple
    1. clive.weller's Avatar
      clive.weller -
      This has to be one of the most ambiguous statements that Apple has ever made. Just take a look at the 3GS promotional video on the Apple site and it tells us that it makes the gaming experience even better as it is much faster than its predecessors. The official app store is full of games. There is not much else to say other than laugh!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      yeah im not too much of a gaming nut myself...HORRAY for apple. LOL
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      poor poor apple.. printing money hand over fist and complaining that people are using their iphone for things other than making calls? everyone should have their troubles.
    1. splodger15's Avatar
      splodger15 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boker View Post
      So I have to wait longer for GTA on the iphone?!
      GTA on the iPhone will be the highlight of my year
    1. Meglomaniac's Avatar
      Meglomaniac -
      if they really hate the fact that the iphone is becomming a handheld gaming platform (for those that want it to be)

      why did they make that ad on gaming on the iphone....
    1. astalavistadear's Avatar
      astalavistadear -
      typical apple tactics
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      that looks like a sweet game on the cover