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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  • Tpoon

    I think that they should let the iPad become a gaming starting point, lets face it, the xbox 360 is one of the best consoles out there but it has some serious problems *cough* microsoft *cough* so if they use the iPad at a base for possibly creating an Apple Game Console, the world of gaming would change forever with no red ring, but a white apple that glows when the console is turned on. So I personally think they should bring the iPad into serious gaming

    Posted: June 8, 2010 9:01 PM
  • Sovs

    Is g4tv.com going to air the sony, nintendo, and microsoft presentations online? Completely agree on the game vs videogame discussion. I see Apple as an annoying company. The only benefit of their desktops or laptops is that not many people have the OS so not many people make viruses or trojans for the OS; also, considering how popular the iPhone is, more and better apps are available than the Android Market. I still prefer android because of the fact that I can extend the memory. That way, if I find myself needing 16 gb instead of just 2 or 8 then i can buy a microsd which is a much cheaper and simpler option then buying a new phone all together.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 8:50 PM
  • Stormraught

    Mr. Sessler all your E-fans are behind you to offer their pixxel posi-mind beams to get you through this E3 jazz, keep on truckin sir!

    and I agree on the iphone "games" you know whats up Mr. Sessler

    Posted: June 8, 2010 8:35 PM
  • Bullet747

    Adam, hang in there man.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 7:45 PM
  • XwingVmanX

    Not the iphone, but i feel the iPad has the potential to be a serious gaming platform for certain types of games.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 7:39 PM
  • Warrior567

    completly agree. games like tetris and peggle are cell phone games. the iphone does those pretty well (with an expensive price tag). killzone and call of duty are console games (the iphone doesn't do those very well). i hope people will stop trying to compare the two

    Posted: June 8, 2010 7:23 PM
  • teac77

    These devices should have video-out.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 6:56 PM
  • fkain23

    hope you felle beter soon o and grate show like always

    Posted: June 8, 2010 6:39 PM
  • Reign90

    Poor Adam, must really be out of it : (
    Because that soapbox totally sucked.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 6:22 PM
  • denial19

    adam! your excellent! dont cry (too much!)! and have a good E3... thanks in advance for everything your doing... also bonus points to 'everysooften games'.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 6:21 PM
  • keefers_si

    I have no desire whatsoever to play games on my phone. I think it may be because I got old. I bought ET the game when it was released for Atari and survived the experience.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 6:17 PM
  • bolo73

    I wonder when well will see new X play episodes.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 6:07 PM
  • EKG

    The iPhone is the best gaming system I own besides the PS3, and I own all of them. So many Exclusive games are so well done and so well made and for the fracion of the price.

    I can download full console quality games for $5. I can play online multiplayer FPS's for free. I can download anything you can think of, and pay almsot nothing. Some games are crap, yes. Just like every other system ever made. But a large majority aren't crap, their great.

    If it wasn't a great system then you wouldn't see plenty HUGE AAA publishers and Developers making games for it. I just downloaded a full port of World at War's Nazi Zombie mode for $10. Splinter Cell: Conviction, Prince of Persia: The Warrir Within, Need for Speed, etc. All console quality full 3D games at a fraction of the price.

    All the haters are just that, haters. They have no Ammo, They are just upset that it is doing better then their console of choice or that they can't afford it. They can't say it doesn't have great games because they know it does. They can't say it doesn't have pretty graphics because they know it does. They can't say it isn't selling well because they know it is. All they can say is that the touch screen sucks, yet they completely ignore the fact that it is the most advanced touch screen on the market and makes the DS look like a Fisher Price toy.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 6:01 PM
  • BlackStarNova

    Wow, maybe you should take a week or two off after E3, Adam. You looked wrecked!

    Posted: June 8, 2010 5:56 PM
  • IHyphenz

    As the iPhone holds these "Eversooften" games do you feel then that the iPhone might be seen as a replacement for the original handheld systems? Could the iPhone overtake the DS, PSP, etc.?

    Posted: June 8, 2010 5:18 PM
  • IKB

    This Soapbox reminds me of an argument I had while in grad school. I used to have a very precise definition of "literature" and "literary." While Ulysses was hallowed and worthy of reverence, pop-lit books by Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton were for "lesser-minded" folks - you know, the ones who weren't bright enough to join me and my brethren in the halls of the ivory tower. Then one day, one of my professors, a man whose intellect far surpassed mine, made me recognize that a Joyce novel and a Crichton novel both had value, not only for different people, but also for different circumstances. Ulysses is THE novel to penetrate the modernist psyche and discover, through its stream of consciousness-style narrative, the history of art, language and thought, and of humanity itself. But Ulysses is boring as @#$%. My professor asked me a simple question, "on a five hour flight, which would you rather read, Finnegans Wake or Jurassic Park?" I hated to admit it, but I preferred Jurassic Park for a quick, entertaining read over the much heavier Joyce opus. I feel somewhat the same with games. A fifteen minute subway commute or a ten minute wait at the dentist's office is perfect for a little iPhone gaming action. However, when I'm at home, I have a few hours to kill, and I'm in the mood for something heavier, I turn to a console blockbuster. Crichton will never be as brilliant as Joyce and GeoDefense Swarm will never be spectacular as Uncharted 2, but sometimes, those iPhone games are the perfect entertainment for certain situations.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:58 PM
  • Korzo

    I agree with Adam. I've always seen gaming on the iPhone/Touch for nothing more then small time wasters. My first real game on the iPhone was Song Summoner and although I really wanted to play it once I got it I never found myself playing it, something about playing games on the iPhone/Touch has always bothered me. I don't mind doing a sudoku or even Bejeweled on the device from time to time but when it comes to the bigger longer game apps I tend to just look at the icon and go "I don't have time to dedicate to this".

    I think the thing that bugs me the most besides the screen being the controller is that there's so many things that can interrupt you while playing, from incoming messages and calls to your bus/train stop coming up. If you have some small time waster game you don't mind closing it but the bigger games you tend to not want to be interrupted and that can become a problem when your "gaming console" is a smartphone.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:26 PM
  • Justindbz

    You're looking a little burned out Adam. Load up on those energy drinks we need you for E3!

    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:21 PM
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    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:21 PM
  • Jei4del

    True, but most people use the iphone for socializing and not for gaming, which in my opinion is a good perk of the phone

    Posted: June 8, 2010 4:20 PM