Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch: a great new game platform

“It’s unwise to get too excited about any non-gaming device as a bona fide games machine that will bring pleasure to millions and profits to publishers. This is especially true if that device is a mobile phone. But, equally, it would be silly to write the iPhone off, just because so many other gadgets and gizmos have failed to deliver, from digital TV networks to, well, mobile phones,” Colin Campbell writes for Next Generation.

“he iPhone is more than just a really good cell phone. It represents a bigger idea and, let’s face it, it’s a thing of incredible usefulness and beauty,” Campbell writes. “I own an iPhone and rank it as the Thing in my life I like above all others (save my car). It was so clearly conceived, without much in the way of compromise, by a mind that can only make the design committees at Nokia and Sony Eriksson look extremely pathetic.”

“Apple’s release of the SDK should open the door to game developers… iPhone has the technology, the audience and the distribution methods to bring change and to establish, in the market, a viable new platform for publishers,” Campbell writes.

Full article here.


  1. Gameloft promises 15 iPhone games in 2008
    “Gameloft, currently one of the major publishers of games for the iPod classic, nano and 5G, has announced its intentions to both develop and publish for the iPhone platform. The news follows Apple’s preview of the App Store and SDK, and announcements from other game companies, including Sega and Electronic Arts as well as Freeverse. Development teams at Gameloft are already said to be at work on some 15 titles, taking advantage of features such as the touchscreen, accelerometer and 3D processor.”


  2. Looking forward to creative awesomeness on the iPhone and Touch =)

    The DS, PSP are platforms with specs that won’t change for a few years. This helps developers develop for a static platform. I hope Apple doesn’t upgrade too much, too soon or allows for publishers to develop very easily to account for changing specs.

    I heard developers gripe that they developed games for the ipod, then with an upgrade, things changed.

  3. I like RIM and see their vision as much higher intuitive than anything MicroSoft can deliver. But, I can’t see them doing much more than an iPhone clone longterm. I think they will really try hard to compete well, but the iPhone now seems so far ahead and all the ducks are lined up so straight that there is so fewer hurdles longterm. The rest of the world iPhone sales is going to dwarf US sales down the road. Japan needs to be catered to first, as they demand and set the standards as always, then move into China, which tries to copy every Japan does. There’s going to be alot of Apple corporate offices opening overseas in the near future and Jobs will be over there alot more than over here initially.

  4. I was considering getting an iPod Touch, but not if they’re going to charge for every big update. I don’t think it is fair for the customers. I know there is a law, but is this law just in America? If so, why do non-Americans have to pay it as well?

  5. @JAYGEE
    The update fees are definitely not welcomed by Apple enthusiasts who have become accustomed to significant updates in functionality for free. But I cannot recall another company who has provided comparable improvements in the functionality of their products, free or paid.

    The iPod Touch update provided much more functionality than was ever promised by Apple when it was sold. The fact that consumers have come to expect functional upgrades of Apple products at no cost is the source of the occasional distress for paid updates. If a product, such at the Touch, does what you want it to do for what you perceive to be a reasonable price, then you should buy it and enjoy it. If an update comes along that meets those same criteria, then you should pay for the upgrade, but you can always stick with the product that you originally purchased.

  6. Alright so I’ve been hearing this since 1.1.2 that we’re going to have to pay for the next update and I think that we’re going to have to pay at all I see coming is the same thing coming as with ipods they’ll make a new model and no updates will come out for the old ones …or at least I’m hoping

  7. I paid $20 for the Touch upgrade and it’s worth it. I went on a two week trip overseas recently and I could check my email in numerous wifi cafés having a beer and enjoying the sun instead of going to an internet cafe and having to struggle with Internet Explorer on a Window machine and pay them a few dollar eachtime. My upgrade is already paid for.

  8. Well, smart people buy a touch for what it can do, not for what it might be able to do eventually, maybe.

    If you buy it and it works for you, fine. If an upgrade comes out, you can decide if it works for you or not.

    Nobody is forcing you to buy the upgrade.

  9. You know everyone is now blogging or writing articles about the iPhone as a gaming machine after the Demo Apple, Sega, and EA did.

    I was a blogger that saw the iPhone as a gaming machine months before. Stacking it’s specs against the Sony PSP.

  10. @Big Al

    I think my comment made it clear I don’t live in America, so why would I compare it to a AT&T;bill?

    Why should I have to pay the iPod Touch fee, when I live in a country that this law, that says you have to pay for upgrades, doesn’t exist?

  11. @ JAYGEE

    The problem is that Apple is a US company and has to account for their profits, even from abroad. It also is not fair to have only US customers pay for updates yet everyone else gets it for free. Again, by the devise for what it can do for you now. If an update comes along that you like, then buy it. You can think of the updates for iPod Touch like Mac OS updates, large ones you pay for and small ones are free.

  12. Usually Apple product upgrades apply to the newly released products only. To get that functionality you would need to buy a new unit.

    Now Apple are introducing the concept that a previous model can be upgraded with equivalent features to the new one.

    So in some respects this is better since paying $20 now and then is cheaper that having to replacing the unit.

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