Sessler's Soapbox: The iPhone - Not for Serious Gaming?

Posted: June 8, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: The iPhone - Not for Serious Gaming?
Amidst the stress of preparing for E3, Adam took a moment to discuss what he thinks about the new iPhone and it's place in gaming.

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  • chubi-_-

    i think adam needs to get some sleep because there is not gonna be any sleeping at e3 is there gonna be feedback tomorrow? i dont think i can wait till i get back from florida to watch feedback

    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:07 PM
  • troopershades

    to me a game is anything that takes my mind off whatever it is that might be rolling around in my head. when i was a kid and our family got our first atari, the only thing that was on my mind was shooting my dad in the dueling game on the wild west cartridge, or blasting all the colored polygons that made up asteroids. i still feel the same way almost 30 yrs later. the iphone, while weak compared to my home consoles and pc, offers me a quick get away where i can land some planes on FlightControl or blast some green pigs in Angry Birds. if im waiting for a movie to start or waiting on a plane to arrive, these little bites of time killers are just fine for me. until i get home and i can drag some hooligans behind my horse or empty my friends dome with my springfield

    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:06 PM
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    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:02 PM
  • kujel

    One of my problems with the Iphone/Ipad is they aren't real gaming platforms, they don't offer me experiences but rather a way to waste time, something I'm not really prepared to waste money on.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:57 PM
  • topgamer101

    Get some rest Adam, you're going to need it. And thanks for all the work you do for us.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:56 PM
  • Doug Otto

    I'm excited for E3 and the fact that you took the time to deliver some enlightening insight on mobile phone gaming.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:52 PM
  • RobinGoose

    ipad games are basically like electronical board games

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:45 PM
  • sewageking

    Adam raises a very interesting point here, and I think it forces us to consider how we would define a "video game," and what makes it different from a "game." To me, a video game is entirely different from a game because a video game is an entertainment experience, whereas a game is just a simple diversion. A video game could legitimately be classified as a piece of art (at least in my own opinion) but a game couldn't be. The earliest video games - pong, space invaders, etc. - could more accurately be described as games than as video games because they weren't created to provide anything deeper than a quick burst of fun.

    That is why I don't think that the iPhone can really be called a video game system. True video games are few and far between on the App Store; the things that people download and play on their iPhones are almost always games - not video games. What is equally important is how people use their iPhones to play games. People play iPhone games for simple diversions. They don't make it a point to sit down for an hour to play a game.

    You may disagree with how I define a "video game," but until it is proven that the iPhone is capable of delivering an experience on par with the best video games from any console, I don't think it would be fair to classify it as a game system.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:41 PM
  • Ashley_Si

    iPad gaming is like wiiware games, fun for awhile but not a true full package with all the bells and whistles.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:38 PM
  • Daithe

    I think major game related apps will get gamers used to the idea of buying games on phones and then we will see real progress in mobile games. Subscription to the World of Warcraft Remote service is just the start. I can see related mini games earning XP for MW2 for example.

    I don't think we'll see anything on the order of a AAA title on a phone anytime soon. I do believe we will have more of these integrated mobile games supporting them. This will be a must have for hardcore gamers if they give exclusive content or bonus XP for using them.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:37 PM
  • logicallydashing

    Oh, good luck with all the E3 coverage! Try not to kill yourself or others and hope there's some great stuff for you guys to report on!

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:37 PM
  • teshazman

    Adam, as I am sure many of us do, I am very thankful that you do the E3 coverage and stick it out for us. I just wanted to let you know that I am totally excited for E3 and thank you for covering it.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:36 PM
  • logicallydashing

    Good thoughts on this Adam although I don't think you necessarily needed to get into this topic as much as you did. Yes, Peggle or PvZ are games so why complicate it any further? Games are broken up into types (strategy, RPG, FPS, fighting, etc) so why not iPhone/iPad games as well? they're already broken down like that in the App Store. A game like PvZ would attract someone who wants to game on a more casual level than say (for the sake of using your example) Killzone. You'll have people who play one or the other, neither, or even both! It rely heavily I believe on what types of games you're into and what circumstances you find yourself in. Are you home a lot to play console or PC games or are you on the go a lot to play iPhone or DS games? That's what it comes down to I find.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:36 PM
  • MaelStrom_

    glad to see you support the Dutch soccer team during the world cup. on topic, iphone 4 gyroscope will change handheld gaming, much more than natal/wave or move/ice cream cone will change normal gaming. simply because it will be more fun than moving around spastically, breaking the tv set, launching your pet into the air or hurting yourself.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:34 PM
  • tylerstravis

    Take a chill pill brother :)

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:27 PM
  • leakime

    Good luck with all of the E3 stuff next week Adam. Don't burn yourself out too much we still need you bright and bushy tailed for Xplay.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:26 PM
  • Krogoth117

    The iPhone is great for mobile gaming. WIth the iPhone 4 I can have all my mobile games, music, phone, calculator, camera, and almost all my mobile needs. That is why I like it, but it will NEVER replace my computer or my Xbox.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:23 PM
  • jacksprackyo

    E3 is going to rock! Just wish school was done :(

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:22 PM
  • Harbinger2nd

    I can respect the ipod/pad/phone for what they are, but trying to deal with itunes makes me feel like getting a major fine for dowloading songs/videos illegally is worth it if it means I can do whatever the hell I please with what I download. Screw you itunes!!

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:22 PM
  • UltraViolence74

    adam when u get loud your mic over-modulates and gets noisy.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 3:19 PM