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45. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 23, 2012, 17:31 Beamer
DangerDog wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 17:22:
I would assume that the controls might be geared more for touch than mouse and keyboard for some games, maybe not for something like Plants vs Zombies though. In some cases the desktop version of a game would have more options and perhaps better graphics.

The games for Surface are mostly going to be ports of games from ipad and android, nothing in that library interests me much. They're fun, casual time wasters for when your fiddling with a tablet but not something I need on my PC, metro or otherwise.

Has microsoft embraced the idea of free games & apps that have mini advertisements in them? My nieces have android tablets chock full of games that didn't cost a dime.

Well, assuming there would be a "desktop version." The whole point is that there won't be. Why bother? The surface can handle these kinds of games just fine. We're not talking Doom 45 (starring Billy Dee Williams?), we're talking Plants v. Zombies, Angry Birds, Spelunky, etc. Yes, they're simple, casual games, but sometimes those are fun. I've spent a fair amount of time on the PC with Puzzle Quest, Peggle, etc., and would certainly have played Words With Friends, Draw Something, and those types of games.
The benefit for developers is that they don't need to do any work (or much work) to port from one to the other. Yeah, you're right, input won't be optimal, but it doesn't need to be for these kinds of games. Something like Angry Birds or Puzzle Quest or Words With Friends really just use a finger as a mouse, so going back won't change anything.
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