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2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 25, 2012, 20:22 Kitkoan
Prez wrote on May 25, 2012, 19:48:
The fact that Zynga and GREE are going to be there is reflective of a show that is very much relevant.

Relevant to somebody maybe, but not to me.

Its more relevant to you then you might think.

These are both mobile gaming companies talking/hoping to sway at a video game show. The big thing you need to keep in mind is that the big companies have been demanding a few things of the next generation of consoles.

a) DRM built in, that can be kept up with upgrades
b) Account, downloadable only options. So no more used-game sales
c) A wider audience

In short, they want the iOS console. It has built in DRM that is upgraded often to get rid of the newest DRM-cracks. And with Apple still trying to make sure that jailbreaking will become illegal again, the other big players will no doubt help with that push.

App store doesn't allow to sell used games. You pay their price, thats it. And its been shown before that you pretty much need to work close to Apple to be on the front page/feature of the App Store or you really don't sell any games, again something the big players won't have a challenge making sure its their games only shown helping them keep high prices on their games and "hide" competition. Like the XBox360 market, sure their is the cheaper indie market, but $60 games still sell more, a lot more.

And a wider audience. iOS has access to the casual players, much more then video game consoles. So you could sell both hardcore and casual games to the same group of users, and most people don't feel as akward/geeky pulling out a smartphone to play a game in public as they do with something like the PSP.

Welcome to tomorrows console. The next step. As consoles have grown to do more then play games (PSX could play video cds and audio cds, PS2 DVDs, XBox mp3s, XBox360/PS3 surf the web and stream video), it was only time tell they would go for a wider range console that still offered them what they wanted. DRM to let them control and abuse their customers, the illusion of choice, and an every growing audience that will forget there was ever a time they were able to do what they wanted with their devices.
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