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Apple’s I-phone proved its potential as a gaming platform

Posted on: August 14, 2008

I don’t play a lot of games (although I am on bodog 3 or 4 times a week) but I found myself waiting in a pizza hut the other day playing games as well. Playing games on a mobile phone isn’t new, and I can remember way off into my commuting past, playing Snake and some memory matching game on a Nokia, but I never saw my mobile then as a gaming device. Today I do. For me, the new iPhone IS a gaming platform.

It’s only taken a month for the iPhone to prove its potential as a gaming platform. Just a few weeks ago, Apple launched the highly anticipated application store on iTunes, and companies have flooded users with games.

According to data collected by Cellufun, AOL’s designated mobile game portal, “iPhone gamers are generating four times the number of page views” or about “an average of 21 minutes of game play and 65 page views per iPhone player session, compared to 11 minutes and 15 page views for sessions on other phones.”

iPhone users are playing games at a rate four times that of other mobile phone users. And why wouldn’t they? the phone is built for gaming. Full color, decent sized screen, easy to navigate a game by touch or moving the phone, as opposed to the cumbersome keying required by other phones. With games selling on iTunes, gamers will be able to browse titles more easily, gain more information about them and download them to their phones with ease.

Figures from Apple also prove the premise. 8 of the top 10 paid applications on iTunes are games. Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D sits on top from Texas Hold’em and Super Monkey Ball. The ridiculously stupid iPint sits on top of the free applications list. Ironically the best selling game on iTunes right now is Apple’s own “Texas Hold’em” title.

If you are a Iphone user, I would suggest you to try it for once… you will come to know that it is far better gaming platform than ordinary cellphones.

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