Sometimes in the world the planets align and the sun ducks behind the moon, and then Apple goes and does something really quite strange. Imagine this conversation with the worlds' gaming press:
Apple: So... you want to come see our press event on the 27th of January?
Gaming Press: Not really. iSlate? Why do we care?
Apple: You never know ;)
Gaming Press: Damn you Apple, stop being sneaky and just spill it.
Apple: Nope, you'll have to be there, won't you?
Sounds cheesy and more than a bit weird, right? Yeah, that's what I thought too until I read, from various gaming press outlets, that almost exactly that had occured on the morning of January 18th, 2010. The only thing, as far as all the technology press is concerned, that Apple will be announcing on the 27th is the much rumoured iSlate/iPad (and apparently the iPhone 4.0 OS). Could this new device also be being designed from the ground up to play games? The iPhone plays games, we all know this, but the controls are a little sloppy, what could Apple have done with the iSlate to remedy this? January 27th will bring the answers and I'll be there to write about it. Mark my words.
I talked to Rockstar Leeds, the developers of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars about developing for the iPhone and they said the iPhone is almost as powerful as the PSP, the only drawback in terms of gaming is that the controls to play have to be coded onto the screen and there's no tactile feedback from any of them at all, often giving a less-than-standard gaming experience. Rockstar Leeds has worked hard to make gameplay feel better in the iPhone version of Chinatown Wars. The highest rated PSP and DS game of all time was released for the iPhone earlier this week.
~Martin "CyberGrim" Baker