Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Carmack: Mobile Devices will destroy the console scene soon.

John Carmack expressed his opinion of mobile devices and how they are becoming more powerful than the current generation of consoles.  Devices like the android and iPhone have all happened within the development cycle of Rage id software’s latest project. 
Carmack said that “it’s amazing to think that when we started Rage, iOS didn’t exist. There was no iPhone, all of that happened just in the space of one project development timeline. And that’s a little scary when you think about it, because major landscapes change could be happening underneath our feet as we work on these large scale projects.” In addition to all this Carmack has noticed that colleges and friends have become iPad and mobile gamers and have spent fewer and fewer hours on their consoles.
Though Carmack believes that mobile devices will replace consoles in the near future he also believes that iPad and iPhone games are “a different experience… a diversion rather than a destination.” In my opinion Carmack is a genius but I would have to disagree with him as mobile devices only act as a distraction while we traverse through life’s hardships. Consoles and the PC will never be replaced because there will always be that gamer that can’t get his fix from a mobile device. StarCraft 2, CS, TF2, WoW, Eve Online, and Minecraft  these games will most certainly not come to mobile devices and the games that mimic the features of these games are nothing more than half baked versions that don’t give you the same feeling and satisfaction that you would otherwise get from the Consoles or PC. 

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