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Apple planning iPod gaming system?

GameSpot speculates that Apple may be getting into portable gaming. “This week, GameSpot learned that there may be more to the Apple-game rumors than mere Mac-mad daydreams,” gaming publication reports. “A tech-sector recruiter contacted the GS NewsDesk with an interesting story of a prospective hire that got away. Recently, when said recruiter made an offer to a software engineer, the engineer turned the offer down—saying he was being ‘heavily recruited by Apple,’” GameSpot reports. “According to the engineer, an Apple hiring manager named Mike Lampell is heading up a group inside Apple’s storied iTunes division. The group is specifically hiring for ‘C/C++ coders with a ‘gaming background.’ The engineer says the project in question was described to him as ‘super secret,’ and Apple would not even tell him the exact nature of it until he had been hired and signed a non-disclosure agreement.”

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1

I suspect that the G6 iPods will support better quality games; probably similar to Java cellphone games.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on May 27, 2006 at 7:58 PM (CDT)

2

looks like someone is not gonna get hired, haha.

Posted by EM on May 27, 2006 at 8:20 PM (CDT)

3

Apple is doin games? Now thats badass. Not sure if this is suprising to me as microsoft is planning a simmilar gamming/music device for the future, so apple made the right decision to hop on the bandwagon. Dont you just love competition, its what makes ur gizmos and gadgets just get better…and better…

Posted by KennyB on May 27, 2006 at 10:54 PM (CDT)

4

yea right…a while ago apple hired some people that are into fm radio…still, the 5G iPod doesn’t have a radio. They might come up with new games for the iPod…even though it is a little too late for the 6G iPod, I’m afraid…

Posted by carl on May 27, 2006 at 11:32 PM (CDT)

5

actually carl, apple DID come out with an FM radio attachment.

Posted by Nah on May 28, 2006 at 12:09 AM (CDT)

6

Excuse my ignorance but is Mike Lampell the head of the iPod division?  How is it that we automatically assume apple is planning on building games for the ipod?  Why not a new console system or simply games for their computers?

Just curious?

Posted by 3rdEye on May 28, 2006 at 1:55 AM (CDT)

7

You have to be stupid to consider Apple has a chance in the console market.

Posted by Real Reply on May 28, 2006 at 7:27 AM (CDT)

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Apple is already a well known company by many millions. If a well known company comes out with a good console, chances are, they’ll do good. Even if they don’t sell as many as 100 million consoles like the Playstation and PS2, at least they could start to make themselves well known in the console market so they can do well in future consoles they may release.

Posted by Bonk on May 28, 2006 at 8:04 AM (CDT)

9

you guys are Daydreamers ...lol ...If apple is doing any video games it’s will be just for chessy games because the ipod interface was never intented for playing games so this is not real news ..Gaming is so competive Apple has no chance in hell to fight sony or Xbox ..what they should do is buy one of those major company like squaressoft or something…. have them make games for macs only ....now that would interesting…

Posted by LOL on May 28, 2006 at 8:23 AM (CDT)

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“You have to be stupid to consider Apple has a chance in the console market.”

Not that I disagree with you in any way, but we should at least consider that this is what people thought when they entered the DAP market not quite 5 years ago.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on May 28, 2006 at 8:27 AM (CDT)

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im prolly gonna sound really stupid now but what is DAP?

Posted by killa on May 28, 2006 at 10:16 AM (CDT)

12

Am I the only one here who remembers apple’s first and only entry into the console gaming market? They released an online enabled gaming system in 1996 called pippin for $600. It sucked since it was based on the MacOS and we all know what a big gaming scene that was in ‘96 =P

Posted by Thundernad on May 28, 2006 at 10:51 AM (CDT)

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DAP= Digital Audio Player

Posted by guest on May 28, 2006 at 11:41 AM (CDT)

14

perhaps Apple is looking at gaming from a software perspective, looking at making games for other consoles that will include some kind of ipod-interface as part of the gameplay, similar to the use of the Gameboy advance as a gemcube controller with additional game information on the screen for some Final Fantasy games? 

another possibility:  ther ehave been previous articles about Apple releasing its own itunes-compatible cellphone, so maybe they want games for the ipod-phone.

Posted by Chibithulhu on May 28, 2006 at 12:43 PM (CDT)

15

i’d sure like some games but doesn’t that change the whole ipod=music thing, i’d rather have something like linux the can change the background colour of the ipod and such

Posted by andy2808 on May 28, 2006 at 2:38 PM (CDT)

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$1.99 per game download? ROCK ON!

If not, well, Nintendo will eat them for lunch, just as they’re continually doing to Sony and their PSP.

Besides, if Apple is only hiring NOW, an iPod-based gaming device won’t show up for a while, perhaps fall ‘07 at the VERY earliest.

Apple product planning meeting a few months ago:

“Let’s see…music player…done.”

“Video player…started…and due to be done for real shortly (if the rumor mill is to be believed).”

“Phone…started…and supposedly getting serious just like the video player (again, courtesy of the rumor mongers).”

“What’s next? PDA? Nah, too boring and besides, hardly anyone buys them. Leave those dregs to RIM, HP and Palm. Cameras? Well, that can be rolled into the phone. Handheld gaming. Weellll…why not? Nintendo and Sony can’t have ALL the fun, and we have the best online distribution network already in place. And Microsoft’s effort? Dream on, Redmond. (lots of chuckles from the peanut gallery) Yeah, games…that’s the next hot ticket…games…” (everyone in attendance nods head in agreement like the good little minions they are).

As for consoles…Apple would be wise to stay out of that market, at least for now. The current Big 3 (four if you count PCs) have the backing of the major gaming developers and pretty much monopolize all their resources already as it is, whereas Apple has virtually zero history. With their fat bank account, Apple COULD buy up a couple of developers, and perhaps bankroll development by a few others, but then what? There’s no history; at least MSFT had PC gaming development to glean off of before Xbox came along. Third-party support is critical for any console to succeed, and considering how the fanboys for the current consoles can be so biased as it is now, I seriously doubt there’s enough room, resources and discretionary income to support yet another platform, even if it is called iGameBetterThanYouDo from Apple.

If indeed they considering a step into gaming, Apple would be wiser to develop a handheld first to take advantage of the obvious No.1 DAP tie-in, let that germinate, and if it catches fire, THEN move into consoles. In the meantime, with Inhell processors in their computers, Apple should focus on ports of PC computer games instead.

Posted by flatline response on May 28, 2006 at 2:50 PM (CDT)

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“Besides, if Apple is only hiring NOW, an iPod-based gaming device won’t show up for a while, perhaps fall ‘07 at the VERY earliest.”

Wasn’t the iPod thought up and made in only 6 months? (The original one)

Posted by Nobody on May 28, 2006 at 7:23 PM (CDT)

18

Hmm…maybe they just want to make the iPod interface much more faster and responsive?

Posted by shingo on May 28, 2006 at 11:59 PM (CDT)

19

what is gonnot be the new ipod

Posted by lizbeth on May 29, 2006 at 12:50 AM (CDT)

20

what’s the new invention of ipod “the ipod of 30g with internet and camara or the pink nano with camara and 10g

Posted by la beba on May 29, 2006 at 1:01 AM (CDT)

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