Why Steve Jobs deserves credit as a video game pioneer

“Make no mistake about it, when we look back 10 years from now, Steve Jobs will be seen as a pioneer in helping to turn the video game industry into a mainstream form of entertainment,” John Gaudiosi reports for Forbes.

“According to 1,000 game industry professionals who filled out a survey for the upcoming London Games Conference, Jobs is already being honored for his work,” Gaudiosi reports. “A whopping 46% of survey participants placed Jobs in the top five. Twenty-six percent of attendees named Jobs the “most influential person” in games, which put him ahead of well-recognized pioneers like Gabe Newell (16%), Shigeru Miyamoto (7%), Tim Berners-Lee (4%) and Mark Zuckerberg (3%).”

Gaudiosi reports, “Anyone who’s paid close attention to the gaming industry today – and not those who just play the top-tier console and PC games — can see that the future of games is migrating away from the console and to mobile devices. Apple’s iPhone ushered in a revolution in smartphones, which in turn changed the dynamic of games.”

Read more in the full article here.

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


      1. He lowered the barrier of entry for writing and developing games. and people who put together good titles can make great money.

        Also, the lower barrier for entry means more experimentation with new game models/modes. Whereas, due to console games being so expensive, they can only use tried and true gameplay (such as the classic first person shooter) because they can’t afford to fail.

        This type of device, while it’s immediate impact may not always be seen, fosters a new creative era for gaming, and thus is HUGE.

  1. The fact is the industry model for gaming HAS to change or it will forever be a limited, restricted industry. Buying physical media should be a thing of the past soon, and the expansion of gaming past first person shooter games and the Madden franchise on major consoles is what mobile devices are driving.

    The thing is, it really wasn’t Steve Jobs who created this opportunity. Scott Forstall is the person who pushed Jobs to open up iOS to developers with a great developer’s kit and APIs, and eventually the App Store.

  2. Steve Jobs is my hero along with other heroes we both shared such as the Beatles and Bob Dylan. As a musician/audiophile, that is where my content interests lie, don’t give a damn about games, not that there’s anything wrong about them… in moderation. Garageband on iPhone- yessss! Better yet- on iPad and Mac.

    “I don’t do Windows, I don’t play no games.”

  3. Its not so much a change, heck its not even a new medium for gaming, its just a progression as more consumers get handheld devices we’ll see more game development taking place.

    Video gaming has been mainstream for years now, its a huge industry and will continue to grow and move into new realms as new devices are developed and brought to market.

    As long as there have been computers there has been someone trying to make them fun to play with.

    I don’t consider Jobs a pioneer of video gaming. I did not consider Bill Gates a pioneer of video gaming and he was very much behind DirectX on the PC and bringing a consistent developer experience to PCs and consoles for game development.

    The pioneers to me are the ones who pick up a new device and ask the question “What kind of game could be made with this thing?”

  4. I’ll agree that the iGadgets have the ability to play games. But most of these games are rather simple and casual. The iGadgets still are unable to catch the attention of hard core gamers. But gaming going from your living room to your pocket is a good posiblity. Just not anytime soon at the moment.

    1. I disagree . I have friends that play online multi player games and when not at home they are pulling there iPhones out of there pockets to keep up with the game play. Its happening now.

  5. I think we’ll see a lot more progress on the gaming front when Apple adds App capability to Apple TV or a television. Apple could design a wireless game controller for this scenario (think gamepad + wii controller capability).

    That along with Siri connections to 3rd party applications/games will drive some interesting possibilities.

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