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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Apple Stepping into Game Space

This combined with other recent reports regarding improved OpenGL numbers in the latest builds of OS X, could mean some interesting times ahead. I don't believe I've mentioned it openly on my blog, but I suspect that Apple and Nintendo are thinking about some kind of collaboration. It would certainly be interesting to see Nintendo with their library of games up for distribution on the Wii network, that some might be available on the iTMS. Given their recent patent of emulation technologies on "limited computational capacity" systems, which certainly sounds like an iPod.

Just blind conjecture, but it doesn't make un-sense.

Apple enters games space with seven iPod titles //
The full list of titles includes familiar names, with Pac-Man, Tetris, Mahjong, Bejeweled, Zuma, Cubis 2, Texas Hold 'em, Mini Golf and Vortex all now available.

With Namco, Electronic Arts, PopCap, FreshGames and Apple itself supplying content, the move has been instantly seen as a confident stride into the casual games market, a view fuelled by the fact that iPod is already ubiquitous with mobile entertainment.

Although some third-party coders have ported popular games in the past, the move from Apple confirms a commitment to the games market, as rumoured back in May of this year.


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