Engadget noted this during one of the iPhone Tech Talks held just last week in San Jose. John Geleynse, Apple’s Director of Technology Evangelism, apparetly was excited about the iPhone’s potential as a notable thread to both Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP, made the following statement:
It’s a gaming console.
It’s not a phone, it’s a console experience.
That’s a pretty stunning statement, but I tend to really agree, from an iPod touch point of view. Along with the 2G iPod touch’s launch tag of ‘the funnest iPod ever’, and a recent web ad over at games.yahoo.com that goes beyond the traditional ad banner, it is very clear that the Cupertino firm is making every effort to push this angle.
Helping this effort is none other than publishing giant, Electronic Arts which will be running a series of sneak peek events at the Apple Stores across USA. Get ready for a rare behind-the-scenes discussion as EA’s producers the development for Apple’s new groundbreaking devices, the iPhone and iPod touch. If you happen to be around New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Chicago, hit the Apple Store to check them out. Here’s the schedule taken from EA’s site (click to show larger image):
I personally have been enjoying some very good arcade quality games on the iPod touch. Titles like TouchSports Tennis ’09 looked as good as any competitor on the PSP. The recent ngmoco title, Dropship had Touch Arcade declaring it as the best shooter available on the iPhone. I’m keeping myself busy playing more games than looking for good apps to try out. One thing for sure is that my iTunes Store credits gets consumed $0.99 at a time, which makes gaming quite affordable compared to PSP or Nintendo DS. Expect for some reviews in the coming days.