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Games released this summer are significantly less than last year!!!

09-05-2010, 08:37 PM
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Games released this summer are significantly less than last year!!!

I notice that games released this summer are much less than last year. Are all the developers going to develop Android app/games?

Big mobile game companies, such as Gameloft, are starting focus on this big meat – the Android market (detail can be found - http://www.gameloft.com/android-games/top/)

Many people also talked about Apple iPhone VS Google Android is very similar to the computer revolution back to 70s, that apple start with Apple IIe and quickly take over by IBM computer + MS Window...

Quote:
“What breaks Apple’s domination and made them the underdog was the Phoenix BIOS. This allows other hardware manufacturer to make IBM compatible/clones without breaking IBM’s patent. Since IBM did not own the rights to DOS, Microsoft was free to sell MS-DOS to any IBM clones out there. IBM did not create an open system by choice. They made a mistake by not taking ownership of MS-DOS. Microsoft made out big time on this, first with DOS, and then with Windows. That is how Windows dominate the market share and left Apple’s Macintosh worldwide market share to dip below the 10% mark consistently.
This history lesson here is very important because we are about to see another revolution. Google made Android an open source by choice. This allows hardware manufacturers to compete. That competition has already paid off. Hardware manufacturers are competing with one other to build a better Android phones. Within a short time period, we now have Android Smartphones that have better hardware and features than the iPhone. The numbers of these high-end smartphones are growing in numbers. Many industry analysts have already predicted that Android will dominate the Smartphone market in 2 to 3 years if not sooner. Will it able to dominate like IBM clone once did?...”
In the coming future, I think toucharcade.com should rethink, whether their site should be Apple focus OR mobile focus pocketgamer is a good example.

Last edited by ImLegend; 09-05-2010 at 08:43 PM.
09-06-2010, 12:44 AM
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There's no Android conspiracy - though I hear they employ a lot of subversive guerrilla marketers...

Any perceived lack of new games during summer months is due to simple math. The big boys are waiting for Christmas. If you've ever seen an annual sales chart for the App Store you'd know why.

P.S. Gameloft's been around a lot longer than the iPhone, and not surprisingly they develop for other mobile platforms. They're just doing what they do. That page you linked to could just as easily suggest they're focusing on the Palm Pre, and that's just silly.

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09-06-2010, 01:40 AM
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androids smd.
09-06-2010, 02:48 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ImLegend View Post
Big mobile game companies, such as Gameloft, are starting focus on this big meat the Android market (detail can be found - http://www.gameloft.com/android-games/top/)
Gameloft have always kind of supported Android (and the Pre for that matter) but only in small quantities. Just look at the number of games they've released on iPhone (71), iPad (24) and 'HD Smartphones' (35). The 'HD Smartphones' category includes both Android and Pre. That means they've released more than double the amount of Android AND Pre games combined for iPhone. Whats more, a quick glance at the actual games for Android/Pre shows that all are ports of iPhone games, the latest being BiA2 on Pre. Data from here.

What's even more interesting though is that other, even bigger players follow the same strategy. Look at EA Mobile, Activision, Rockstar, Square Enix, Capcom, Sega, Lucasarts and Konami. In fact, most of those haven't even released a single Android game. Until that changes, and iPhone is regularly getting ports of Android games, there's no problem.

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09-06-2010, 02:51 AM
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the iphone is still flying out the stores by quite a significant margin over android phones.

i like android n all but it doesnt have an appstore quite like apples

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09-06-2010, 04:09 AM
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lol

Games on the android are annoying, its great theres a lot of different of phones but so many means so many apps have different problems, pretty sure Gameloft will stick with app store mostly, and so will all the other pro developers.

Also it's so easy to pirate of the android market I don't see how a big company will come over to it...I mean really easy.
09-06-2010, 05:53 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coolestk!d View Post
Games on the android are annoying, its great theres a lot of different of phones but so many means so many apps have different problems, pretty sure Gameloft will stick with app store mostly, and so will all the other pro developers.

Also it's so easy to pirate of the android market I don't see how a big company will come over to it...I mean really easy.
Still there is a lot of money to be made. The Android market is growing rapidly and no publisher can ignore it that.
09-06-2010, 05:57 AM
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I don't know if it's just my imagination, but it seems as the recent releases that have come out have had more polish than last years? More content, deeper, better looking overall games?

These type of games take longer to make and as such can't come out at the same rate as smaller, more bite sized games.

This might be why there is less games, though to be honest I didn't really notice any difference this year.

With that said, I'll take Quality > Quantity any day of the week..

Last edited by S.I.D. CrAzY; 09-06-2010 at 05:59 AM.
09-06-2010, 09:06 AM
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I have to agree with Sid, the quality of games is definitely up this year. I can do with less games if it means better games. And it is nice to see more genres being represented. Instead of just more match three games and doodle games, we are seeing more RPGs, war games and other genres that needed more choices.