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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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21

Flatline - loads of people use PDAs. I use one in the hospital I work in to track patients and keeps all my contacts etc. If Apple gets into the phone business they should release both a small nano style handset and a larger iPod style Smartphone. Or just make those the upgrade to the iPod itself.

Posted by Tim on May 29, 2006 at 6:13 AM (CDT)

22

The xbox 360, or playstation 3 are names and for apple theirs Apple iPlay, or Apple iGame for examples

Posted by Betty on May 29, 2006 at 6:53 AM (CDT)

23

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

Oh really?  Why?  They’ve got a captive audience of over 40 Million iPod owners, not to mention millions of Mac users.

I really wish people here would stop speaking out their a**es.

Posted by The Raven in USA on May 29, 2006 at 8:56 AM (CDT)

24

If Apple would roll out an GameBoyMicro-like device with flsh memory and downloadable games from the 16Bit Era (ie. Sonic,Sega will sell it online via Live and Virtual Console,so it won’t be a problem to get it to iTunes)I think they have a wuete good chance.

Posted by iTD on May 29, 2006 at 11:01 AM (CDT)

25

You get 2 types of people in life - glass half full and glass half empty. What Apple’s achieved in less than 5 years with the iPod is incredible. How can people be so negative about their chances? No chance of beating Sony or Microsoft? Well, who invented the Walkman but can’t give away it’s products at the moment? If Apple ports a few other games like brick then it just gives you more ways and reasons to enjoy your iPod. Who else plays the built in games? Gotta admit, I’ve played brick a fair few times on the tube…listening to podcasts or auidiobooks…

Posted by Sebby on May 29, 2006 at 8:28 PM (CDT)

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Apple DOES have a large fanbase - the ipod has been successful enough to rekindle interestin the Apple brand and get more people curious about Apple products overall.  it’s even selling better than their computers, so perhaps a handheld-gaming device isn’t too farfetched.  I still suspect this game-rumor has more to do with the impending iPhone, and would not be surpised if it wound up being a smartphone.

Posted by Chibithulhu on May 29, 2006 at 10:31 PM (CDT)

27

Apple making video games? LOL stop stop it, it’s killing LOL.

Apple is nice company and all but sometimes people has to stop dreaming too much.  They might make some few cheap games for the ipod to be downloaded from itunes for 1.99 or more but that’s it.  It would be the same quality as the game you download from your cell phone, but that’s it.

They aren’t going to compete against PS3 or xbox 360, so stop dreaming.

Posted by Mike T. on May 29, 2006 at 10:54 PM (CDT)

28

If you think about it Apple has much better hardware quality and designs than Sony or Microsoft. Their products are both intuitive and powerful, so why couldn’t they find a niche in the gaming market?

Posted by Shawn Maxwell on May 30, 2006 at 7:13 AM (CDT)

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I dont think apple is making a huge step in gaming devices. It will offer game downloads for the ipod phone or the 6Gen ipod. Ofcourse the games will be much more interesting, e.g the handheld form of Prince of Persia and other stuff of the kind.

Posted by Galatisnik on May 30, 2006 at 9:08 AM (CDT)

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This was just an April Fool’s Day jokke in one of the most popular gaming magazines (EGM).

I think they would be silly to try and make a dedicated gaming device, but adding better games to an iPods functionality would be cool.

Here’s is a link to the magazine scans.

http://stationa.net/?p=216

Posted by ort on May 30, 2006 at 10:18 AM (CDT)

31

I quite enjoy a game of solitare when I’m on th e sh!tter…

Posted by dimebag on May 30, 2006 at 10:24 AM (CDT)

32

You know, with the alleged tough-sensitive screen they are redying for the next generation “true video” Ipod, they might be able to put some pretty cool and unique games on it.  If they do plan on building a gaming device though, they’d need to do something about the battery life and use better material for the screen so that air doesn’t scratch it.

Although instead of hiring game developers, it would make much more sense for Apple to partner up (or buy) with a game development shop, while concentrating on what Apple does best - marketting the crap outta the new device.

Posted by Chahk on May 30, 2006 at 10:53 AM (CDT)

33

What’s next? PDA? Nah, too boring and besides, hardly anyone buys them.

Flatline - that may be true in your high school crowd, but in the real world, PDAs are used extensively.  It’s impossible to attend a meeting w/o seeing at least 90% of the attendees using a PDA.

Posted by Jess on May 30, 2006 at 3:41 PM (CDT)

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In response to the idiot that goes by Real Reply.

If you actually read my post I didn’t say Apple had a chance in the console market!  My point was that the article did not actually say they hired game engineers specifically for the ipod.

You oughta read and think before opening your mouth and calling someone stupid.

Posted by 3rdEye on May 30, 2006 at 4:50 PM (CDT)

35

If you think about it Apple has much better hardware quality and designs than Sony or Microsoft. Their products are both intuitive and powerful, so why couldn’t they find a niche in the gaming market?


It doesn’t matter.

If people would care about hardware quality, we would all have bought an apple by now, but we don’t.
 
For the last 15 years, 95% percent of people have decided not to buy an apple computer.

If it wouldn’t be for itunes+ipod, they would probably be bankrupt.

Posted by Mike T. on May 30, 2006 at 4:59 PM (CDT)

36

“If people would care about hardware quality, we would all have bought an apple by now, but we don’t. “

Not even remotely true. Apple has almost never used top shelf hardware - the last time this could be said to be true is back in the days when all Macs came with much faster SCSI buses, internal and external, while PCs were choking on early iterations of IDE and using the parallel port.

What Apple has always done is used somewhat better hardware than the most baseline PCs, which when combined with a OS practically built around a handful of hardware configurations gives a certain minimal user experience that appears better than an equivalent PC to many. However, a discriminating consumer has been able to surpass the most expensive Mac for less money for several years.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on May 31, 2006 at 8:25 AM (CDT)

37

Apple now uses somewhat crappier hardware than most PC manufacturers. Now I am not talking about the hardware when it works, but when it falls apart, as it usually does.
On my Powerbook G4, the motherboard was broken at delivery, and now pieces of plastic fall out and jam keys in the keyboard.
Unfortunately, I have the Apple Care protection plan, which means I have to send in my Powerbook for two weeks. Most PCs give on-site service for the same price.

My Ipods has other flaws. My Ipod Mini got a dead battery, after just six monts of limited use. The other one can only be switched off when the hard drive is not moving - which means if I accidentally switch it on, I have to wait for a while before I can switch it off.

(By the way, Ilounge has a practice of deleting critical comments and ip-blocking the posters, so do use a proxy if you intend to write something negative about Apple or Ipods here.)

Posted by Banned Consumer on May 31, 2006 at 3:23 PM (CDT)

38

Hey real reply! Why would you think that anyone who believes apple has a chance in the console market would be stupid? Before the ipod the people thought apple had NO interest in music. look at the ipod now. most popular mp3 there is. I believe that they would have a pretty good chance in the console market. Ex: apple kicked sony’s but in mp3. they could probably do the same thing with game systems.

Posted by jack barberian on June 12, 2006 at 7:45 PM (CDT)

39

Whadaya mean apple has crappy hardware.  People in my family have both mac and windows and I am here to say that mac works for me alot easier than windows + every time apple does something great microsoft tries to copy it and make it their own. Apple brings us thru this computer revolution in the 80s and microsoft tries to copy it in the 90s. Apple creates macintosh and THEN microsoft creates windows.  Apple creates Mac OS X and THEN microsoft creates Windows XP

Posted by speaker of macs on June 13, 2006 at 7:43 PM (CDT)

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