Is there a glut of shovelware & garbage in the AppStore?
As Steve Jobs himself says: "We have enough fart apps, thank you."
But apparently this hasn't stopped titans of the gaming industry from developing *primarily* for iOS. Giants like iD, Epic Games, vALVE & Electronic Arts all see the App Store as not only viable and deserving of thier precious development resource dollars, but they also see iOS as the *future* of gaming. The graphic capabilities of the iPad is comperable with XBOX360, believe it or not. Go to YouTube & search "Epic Citadel" & you'll see what I mean. Yes, what you are looking at IS ON AN IPAD. And this is only the 1st generation ....
Despite all the chaff, the wheat comes shining tbrough in the App Store by being featured by Apple, reviewed on key websites like TouchArcade.Com, IDG & WIRED and by plain old word-of-mouth. A masterpiece like the MDD Clone will certainly NOT get lost in the crowd. Just like all the recent Golden Age games are trumpeted so everyone knows they're there.
And what makes you think "being overwhelmed by shovelware" won't happen in the Android Marketplace? It will probably happen even moreso because the Android Marketplace *has* no rules!
Like I said before, if it's a money thing, *I* will pay the $100/year license fee.
Happy New Year! Folks, it's been a few years since I looked at this. I apologize, real life has got in the way a bit. Now I'm back with cycles to spare on this. In fact, when I brushed the dust off... more
Another vote here for Android - not entirely for the selfish reason that I just got a new Android-powered phone! I'm planning on learning the Android platform over the next couple of months and have... more
I SO don't wanna get into a flamewar, but anyone who develops for Android is a FOOL. Have you seen iOS's numbers lately? And with Android, there's no "App Store", as such. Talk to any Android dev.... more
The MDDClone is a free simulation of the original payware Mercenary, Damocles, and Dion Crisis games; without very special dispensation from Paul Woakes - or unless the MDDClone author *is* Paul... more
... putting the "make more money with iOS" motive aside for a moment, how about this .... With iOS, an MDD Clone will reach a MUCH larger -- and, more importantly, a much more *receptive* -- audience ... more
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shovelware : As console gaming has spread into the mobile market, the rise of low cost digital storage and the comparative limitations of mobile devices has once... more
1) I don't believe that the Ipad represents a serious danger to the Xbox 360 and the PS3 (the "present" of gaming), even with comparable graphical capabilities. An Xbox 360 is 280 €; a PS3 is 308 €;... more
Of everything I said, you concentrate on the 2 of the things I only mentioned as an aside. My MAIN points are .... 1] iOS is now just as mainstream a platform as computers & consoles and all of the... more
Do you really want the MDDClone author to port his program to a device made in 1997, with a monochrome screen, a 68000-based processor and 512 KB of RAM? Maybe you just meant a Palm smartphone, but... more
Symbian may be most used in the smartphone market, but how many Symbian users go grabbing apps off their equivalent to the App Store? I would suggest Android as a starting point because it's an open... more