I’m done with On the Crapper. I know, I know, it’s only been running since April and I’ve amassed more fame, money, and fortune in that time than I would have ever expected writing about iPhone related games, but it’s gone to my head and I need to step away from it for a bit.
Okay, so truth be told I’m sick of writing about a thing people play games on that isn’t even a true gaming system.
All gaming systems–PSone, SNES, PS Vita, Xbox, etc–have one thing in common: they were made to play games. That is their number one purpose. Of course we’ve seen these things that just a generation ago did little more than only that go to full blown entertainment centers, but that’s not their primary use. Most people buy a PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii to play games on it. On the flip side of that most people that buy an iPhone are buying it to be, well… a phone. A device to stay in contact with their world. The games on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are all something that came along down the road.
This right here is why the iPhone is not a gaming system.
Apple’s ‘game center’ is a mess. It’s disaster. It’s nothing even remotely close to what the PSN or XBL is. It’s not even supported on all games. Indeed many game devs and publishers have their own versions of this. Like Open Feint and the like. It’s little more than an afterthought that, honestly, is completely worthless.
Until Apple demands that every single game on their iDevices be supported Game Center (and only Game Center) and fully overhaul the app, their little gizmos will remain a few step behind the major consoles. Apple could easily do this. They could be selling their iPhones as phones and gaming systems right now, but they’re not doing that.
Instead of writing more about this topic I’m going to tell you what I’ve come up for my next weekly idea and ask what you’d like to see.
First up I need a name for this … thing. What is this idea I have? My little brother is moving in with me next month and–as far as I know–he’s what we PC gaming sorts call a “casual.” He believes that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game will be great. He plays LoL. I don’t think he knows the real difference between a developer and a publisher (I might be wrong). So over the next year as he lives with me I plan to educate him and write about what we play. What we think about games coming out. What he likes, what I like, and where we agree and disagree.
What should I call it? What would you like to read about? Ideas? Thoughts?
I’m thinking doing it sort of like a podcast, but written form. In that there’s a back and forth between us, like reading an interview, but it’s us talking about gaming stuff.