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Apple looking to create better iPod games

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, February 21, 2005
News Categories: iPod

A recent job posting from Apple on Gamasutra, a recruiting site for the game industry, suggests that the company may be ready to expand the iPod’s bundled games. The posting seeks a programmer with “experience working with embedded systems” who would in part be “responsible for rapidly developing memory and performance optimized software solutions to complex problems.” The optional qualifications for the position include “ARM7 RISC processor experience,” “Flash [game] experience” and “2D or 3D graphics programming” knowledge.

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1

Yes! Finally!

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on February 21, 2005 at 5:02 PM (PDT)

2

That would be nice!

Posted by ipodman715 on February 21, 2005 at 5:58 PM (PDT)

3

When you see the next generation of iPod, you might at first wonder where they are going with this idea. I am sure it will catch on, though. People tend to eat everything served to them.

Apples are tasty, and good for you. smile Shhh…

Posted by Lokai on February 21, 2005 at 6:14 PM (PDT)

4

would these games come in like a firmware update for 4g ipods and ipod photos or would they come in the next generation?

Posted by KAZ in Bronx on February 21, 2005 at 6:18 PM (PDT)

5

It would be nice for Apple to actually offer some viable games for the iPod. The ones that are imbedded now are a complete waste of space, in my opinion.

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on February 21, 2005 at 6:31 PM (PDT)

6

i bet it will cost money to get the new games

Posted by Runner in Minnesota on February 21, 2005 at 7:50 PM (PDT)

7

I’d be happy with poker.

Posted by Earl in New York on February 21, 2005 at 7:53 PM (PDT)

8

“i bet it will cost money to get the new games”

yeah, somewhere around $399.

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on February 21, 2005 at 9:18 PM (PDT)

9

The current iPods use the ARM7 processor, so it’s good evidence that the games could be compatible with the current iPods.

Posted by NeoteriX in Houston, TX or Westchester County, NY on February 21, 2005 at 9:33 PM (PDT)

10

Unless a control peripheral is introduced, I do not see how games could be played on the iPod. The touch-wheel is great for navigating menus but it is unsuitable for games… except for Music Quiz, which rocks!

Posted by Sol in Brisbane, Australia on February 22, 2005 at 2:57 AM (PDT)

11

The touch wheel would be very good for a lot of games. Driving, platform, maybe even a first-person shooter. It’s down to the game makers to be inventive with their controls.
But I don’t think you’ll get any flight-sims tho wink
But ultimately it’s a music player. If they aren’t making it play movies why spend a lot of times making it into a game player. PSP anyone?

Posted by spot1701 in UK on February 22, 2005 at 3:02 AM (PDT)

12

How would you accelerate or break in a driving game?

Posted by Sol in Brisbane, Australia on February 22, 2005 at 5:48 AM (PDT)

13

meh. why? how often do you play games on your ipod and how would you really control a ‘good’ game with just the scroll wheel and the select button? i agree, it’s a waste of space. if i really wanted to play a game, i’ll play it on my cell phone.

Posted by mdwsta4 on February 22, 2005 at 5:56 AM (PDT)

14

A couple of old classics that would translate well to the iPod control scheme would be the old 2600 classic Kaboom (with updated graphics) and Tempest.

Posted by Keith Sheehan on February 22, 2005 at 8:43 AM (PDT)

15

I agree, Keith. Any paddle-based games would work on a scrollwheel really well. Not to mention, this is most likely for the next gen ipod, so maybe the controls will be more game friendly.

Posted by catboy17 on February 22, 2005 at 11:32 AM (PDT)

16

Games are for gaming machines. If Apple mucks up my interface so that someone can play a FPS I will be disappointed. The iPod is and should continue to be a music player. I do not support all in one devices that do everything okay. How about improving sound, or gapless audio (although I understand this isn’t apple its the format) enhance my listening experience, not my gaming.

Posted by graphicgeek in Utica, NY on February 22, 2005 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

17

Well here’s a list of Games I’d like to see on the iPod.

Bubble Bobble
Centerpiede
Tetris
Blackjack

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on February 22, 2005 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

18

how about tetris? the controls are perfect for it.

Posted by deepshallows in Maybrook NY USA on February 22, 2005 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

19

That’s what a Sony PSP is for - Games on the go, that just happens to also play music.

Posted by milk3pod in chicago, il on February 22, 2005 at 1:54 PM (PDT)

20

I agree, but as long as it doesn’t change the music capabilities, does adding a few name games really hurt anyone?

Posted by catboy17 on February 22, 2005 at 3:39 PM (PDT)

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