zapiy wrote:I dont see tablets or smart phones doing as you mentioned anytime soon. The new PS4 and i am certain the new Xbox will give people more than enough social media elements. The gaming on those devices simply can not compete with a dedicated console.. Gaming for the most part is about online gaming these days, until tablets and smartphones can do that and do it well i dont see it happening for at least 10 years.
I'd actually spend some time with one before saying that sort of thing.
And I mean playing games that arent just Angry Birds and similar things.
One reason why I've been so constantly praising these things left and right is because for me, these devices already HAVE utterly eclipsed the consoles in terms of the quality of the games that I get from them. The consoles, to me, are already dead. It's very likely that I wont buy any of the next 3, because they have nothing I want. But the iOS devices..... I've found many amazing games on these. And note, I mean games with depth and challenge (with rare exceptions). I cant stand easy games, and I'm not too much of a fan of things that are too simple, and on top of that, my idea of a challenge is very warped compared to that of most gamers. Mushihime-sama on Ultra is a "challenge" to me, for example. The games I pick up on iOS though, give me everything I want, and almost every major genre (aside from FPS!) is very well represented there.
As for online gaming? Oh, dont get me wrong. It's important to some players. But it sure as heck aint important to all of them. ....also you CAN play online in alot of these, but again, I'm thinking of many games that ARENT Angry Birds and similar "casual" titles. I personally though am not interested whatsoever in online gaming with these, beyond scoreboards, which I DO want (and fortunately, most score-based games have them, as they should). When I want online gaming, I use the PC *only*. Consoles have never been able to provide me with a good enough online experience, not compared to the PC. It's not even a close comparison.
The ONE and only problem I have with iOS gaming is the incorrect impressions people get about it, and the central reason why they get these impressions is games like the casual set. Dont get me wrong: Angry Birds is a pretty good game, actually. So are many "casual" titles. But that sort of game is just outright SHOVED in your face SO many times that if you're not REALLY familiar with these devices, you may think that those sorts are all that's on there. Part of this is that the App Store is utterly horrid, of course. I can guarantee you that a gamer new to these absolutely will not know that 95% of the games on the things even EXIST. Research is necessary to find most of them. I've got 200+ games on mine, and of those, maybe 6 or 7 are "casual" titles.... the rest are the same sorts of games that I often used to buy on consoles (and that I definitely still do buy on PC as well). But I found hardly any of those via the main shop's terrible interface. I learned about them from specific sites and forums, and some of them are VERY obscure (again, mostly thanks to the App Store). The lack of knowledge of most of these is the very reason why it took me so long to buy into the iOS devices in the first place.... and then of course, I dig deep into it, and immediately wonder why I hadnt bought the thing much earlier, because I'm finding so much good stuff on it.