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12 September 2006
New portable gaming platform in town
Looks like Apple's made the iPod into a gamer, and this might explain the ad for game developers on their jobs site a ways back. The poster-child game is, not surprisingly, Tetris. Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong and friends suggest this is an attempt to shoot at the market that plays Yahoo games -- so less male-centric. Still, Texas Hold 'Em (a popular PDA game) and Pac-Man seem to aim at the "old" demographic.

I just had to try Pac-Man, so I bought it. Hard to tell how I'm doing on my iPod Shuffle, though. I think Pac just ate Blinky.

I do wonder, though doubt, if they'll play within iTunes, like TV shows do now, turning your iMac into a iPod Advance Game Player. Could this enable the next Pippin?! Sure hope not.

Hrm. Now that I think about it, I suppose this is exactly what I'd asked for a while back. What happens if you think of and program for the iMac as a platform? Matt's wondered about an iTunes method of delivery, a la Steam, but friendlier. Certainly Macs have the wherewithal to easier compete with Xbox, etc's new classic game downloads style of play.

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--ruffin at 15:04
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What do you want to bet some enterprising developer will make an aural-only game for the Shuffle crowd? If done well, would be a neat trick.

By Blogger jvm, at 12 September, 2006 15:49  

Hm. I wonder: add up the total number of 5G units that Apple has sold. How does this number compare with the DS and PSP?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 September, 2006 19:01  

Someone apparently made an aural game for the GBA... Sound Voyager, part of the "bit Generations" line. I haven't seen it myself, but apparently the only visual bits are just so that you can learn what you need to do.

By Anonymous Baines, at 14 September, 2006 01:54  

IGN story on these games.

I'm tempted to pick one up, through Play-Asia, and see what they're like. A little steep for an experimental game, but a nice addition to the library...

By Blogger jvm, at 14 September, 2006 06:42  

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