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Game developers hear call of the iPhone

The iPhone is already shaking up the wireless industry. The video game industry may be next.

Following Apple's move to open the device to outside programmers, some of the top developers and publishers are already making games for it. The iPhone's high-tech hardware and Apple's plans to distribute software for it over iTunes give it a lot of potential as a game machine, they say.

In theory, developers could create games for the device that are more sophisticated than - while just as mobile as - those made for Sony's PlayStation Portable or Nintendo's DS, said John Carmack, president and technology director of Dallas-based idSoftware, which created the "Doom" and "Quake" franchises.

Troy Wolverton reports for The Mercury News in Silicon Valley, California. The article also interviews experts and insiders from the mobile phone and video game industries.

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DevilsJoker3234d ago

If they can pull of Chains Of Olympus on a Phone then i'll belive him, but untill then, it wont ever be more sophisticated than a PSP or DS.

Harry1903234d ago

and phone were made for.....

PopEmUp3234d ago

Company are ripping people with their awesome high price tag on games (e.g. $5 for each sh*t game) and they even stated ipod touch users have to pay for each game download from itunes, for iphone user you can get it for free but in this case the iphone users are already paying for their service/plan in other words they're paying for it not getting it for free, so in conclusion they screw us all

Kholinar3233d ago (Edited 3233d ago )

"This Apple Company are ripping people with their awesome high price tag on games (e.g. $5 for each sh*t game) and they even stated ipod touch users have to pay for each game download from itunes, for iphone user you can get it for free"

So much mis-information here that I don't even know where to start.

There's no set price for any game. The "sh*t" games, as you said might charge nothing, or they might charge $100. Regardless, the good thing is that no-one has to buy a single game. So if it's overpriced it's not going to sell, or if it does sell it's because someone doesn't think of it the way that you do.

Touch users only have to pay for the 2.0 upgrade. There'll be no difference in price for games between Touch and iPhone users. There's no secret fee for downloads by Touch users. iPhone users are helping support software development for iPhones. Every company does this. Sony, MS, Nintendo, all use their profits to improve their products. iPhone users agreed to pay the plan with their carrier and if some of it goes to Apple, then are they getting screwed when Apple improves the iPhone for them? Apple could take that money and give all their employees new coffee makers. Would that be screwing customers less?

It's so funny when people say someone's ripping them off. It'd be different if Apple had a monopoly on phones or mobile games. As it is, no one forces you to buy anything. If it's too pricey, exercise some self-control. Don't claim that someone's ripping you off when it's actually your compulsion that's causing the problem.