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Ngmoco's Young: 'Immersive' iPad Puts Apple In The Living Room
Ngmoco's Young: 'Immersive' iPad Puts Apple In The Living Room
January 29, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

January 29, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
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Part of the skepticism surrounding Apple's new iPad tablet comes from the view that it's just one big iPod -- but developers of games for iPhone and iPod Touch say that's not a bad thing.

"In many ways it is a large format iPod, but that's in fact what makes it interesting," says Ngmoco's Neil Young, speaking as part of a new Gamasutra feature offering developer perspectives on the device's possibilities.

"The display surface is now big enough to be a really engaging and immersive interface, and it's an in-home venue device as much as it's a mobile device," says Young.

"I think that Apple just found a way to get into the living rooms without having to build a dedicated game console," he adds.

Young says Ngmoco is readying "a lot of support" for the iPad to help it reach the same kind of success as Apple's other iPhone-OS titles.

PopCap director of mobile business development Andrew Stein says "having a much bigger, high-resolution screen does get us thinking about the new experiences we could create that just aren't possible on the much smaller iPhone screen."

The full Gamasutra feature presents a wide range of interviews with both enthusiastic and skeptical developers who share their plans and perspectives on iPad.


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Roberto Alfonso
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What can you expect from ngmoco? ^_^ Anyways, Apple TV would be their way to enter the living room. Remember the Pippin? That could have been. But a tablet that can only be held by one while the others surround him, that can only be played by one while the others watch, in front of a 50'' TV screen?



No way.

Tim Johnston
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Depends on the experience you are going for. Intimate, single player stuff might work on it....but for the social multiplayer stuff, natal and its ilk will steal any thunder this lil thing could possibly create.

Roberto Alfonso
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Living room gaming is not supposed to be intimate, otherwise only one person would be able to have the full experience of the game. For intimate gaming you have a console in your bedroom (I remembering something about a PS3 or Xbox 360 for the bedroom but the Wii for the living room).

Andrew Grapsas
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The only thing powering the iPad is that shiny Apple logo.


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