The Games Industry has No Clue
So apparently a games industry survey run in the lead-up to the London Games Conference revealed that Steve Jobs is seen as the person with the highest influence on the shape of video games today and the iPhone as the product that has shaped video games the most.
What the …?
There are definitely many people playing games on their smartphones today, and one could say that the other current types of smartphones have been influenced by the iPhone (and its app store.) Is that what we should consider to be the face of gaming these days though? Is mobile gaming on your phone bigger than each of PC gaming, console gaming, and facebook gaming individually? Is it fair to say that Tim Berners Lee has had only 15% of the influence on modern gaming that Steve Jobs had?
I think not. Either these games industry insiders are completely out of touch, or they simply focus on the newest fad in the how-to-make-money-with-video-games playbook. Or am I simply out of touch? Don’t I know what a gamer is these days anymore? Am I a dying breed? Was all the hype about social games just completely misguided and iPhone games are where it’s really at? Have people who make actual games (aside from Gabe Newell) had no meaningful influence on the shape of gaming today? What about one of the Richards (Bartle, Garriott)?
I call bullshit on this survey. What about you?