Steve Jobs changed games, too, without trying

“Playing Angry Birds the other day, I was struck by what I no longer play: Xbox and PlayStation,” Matt Richtel reports for The New York Times.

“Having children has something to do with that,” Richtel reports. “So does Steve Jobs.”

Richtel reports, “Much of the coverage of the resignation of Mr. Jobs as Apple’s chief executive has focused on the impact his tenure had on music, books and movies, to say nothing of phones and tablets. I’ve seen less said about the impact that the iPhone, in particular, has had on the video game market.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]


  1. Spot on! I want an Apple TV 3 w/a supped up A6 and console game capabilities. I just hope that Jony Ive & his league of extraordinary can design a proper tactile controller as an option to an iPhone/iTouch or iPad. I’d gladly pay $50 extra for a killer controller. 

  2. Only for portable gaming, this has been a game changer. The iPhone/iPad/iPod has open the world of gaming to people who have been reluctant to play video games in the past. I never would have expected to see my 80 year old grandma playing a video game (Solitaire).

    However, for hardcore multiplayer gamers, nothing beats a PS3 or XBox360…….. nothing yet.

  3. I don’t think Apple ‘changed’ gaming, they made casual gaming more accessible.

    If Angry birds is a replacement for a PS3 or an XBox 360 then I’d wager you were not much of a ‘gamer’ to begin with. You were a casual gamer who has found the iPod/iPhone/iPad more fitting to your enjoyment of the hobby.

    1. In other words, another former truck driver who found out all he really needed was a small car. Seems that analogy holds for video game hardware as well as general-purpose computers.

      1. To a degree yes that analogy fits well.

        Handheld gaming is a different realm and the ipod/iphone/ipad def made it more accessible for people who might not otherwise play games and who might not need or want a dedicated system.

      2. Maybe, but this is to the detriment of the ones who *really* like to drive trucks (although, since we’re talking about the game market, I’d rather say Sports Cars).

        Apple’s accidental shift of mobile casual games is impressive only because it proves Nintendo Sony and Microsoft are lazy-ass bastard (O RLY?) and Apple would instantly dominate the hardcore market should they enter it.

    2. An iPod touch is a lot more practical device than a Nintendo or Playstation portable. It does more and the games are a lot cheaper.

      The iPod touch was not intended to compete with game consoles, although it is stealing some user time from them, as well. An upgraded AppleTV might compete very well with consoles, however. I do believe that most players would desire a hybrid controller that includes thumbpads and buttons as well as a touch interface. The tactile feedback is invaluable.

      1. Sony has this on the way with their new PSP. I don’t recall the name right off hand, but it was demo’d at E3, and has a prominent page on Sony’s website. Uses both front and back touch controls, as well as tactile buttons and thumbsticks. And it allows sharing of PS3 saves on compatible games.

        Sony is in it to win it in the gaming space…

        1. The problem is that Sony thinks too much like a gamer, and less like a massive company should. They don’t think broadly enough, and even though they seem to be on the way for massive pwning, they always commit a critical misstep that screws everything up…

          Kinda like the PS3, the PSP and the Move…

    1. If in the process they could make strategy games viable on this console-ish AppleTV, they would have an awesome winner in their hands and I’d gladly ditch my Mac for an iPad 3 + AppleTV combo. Sony almost had it when they announced the Move, but the Move, as we know, flopped tremendously due to lack of another analog stick and lousy development incentives.

      1. Oh boy imagine playing Shogun 2 (google it if you don’t know) on an iPad + AppleTV combo: AppleTV’s the display, the iPad is the massive controller, and the heavy-lifting is divived between the AppleTV and the iPad for the best graphical experience possible. Awesome sauce.

      2. Of course, Apple haters will start bitching about how Apple copied the Wii-U (going to flop, IMHO), but we know Apple got it first when Real Racing 2 was updated and gained special options when mirroring with and AppleTV

      3. Going on a flurry of posts here, but this would simply be too awesome. AppleTV could take care of the zero-latency part: basic geometry, input response and AI, and the iPad could take care of thing like textures and post-processing.

  4. To each their own. For me there’s no comparison. iPad games are a shadow of what 6 year old consoles can do today. I still love having games on my iPad but most don’t come close to console games. Even the good ones.

    And yes, iPad desperately needs a XBOX style game pad controller. So so badly. I simply cannot play NHL and FIFA any longer with the ridiculous touch screen.

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