Originally Posted by sprockkets
It's the graphics quality of the N64 at 1080p with the same low cheesy quality of all ipod games. Nowhere even close to a console.
$1-5 dollar gimmick games are the future thanks to apple.
A $5 game is only a gimmick if you sell 10,000 copies as it restricts the development budget that can be assigned.
If on the other hand you sell 100,000,000 copies of a game at $5 then with half a billion at your disposal will make for some pretty huge development scope.
Apple talked about 150m iOS devices last year. 300m by 2013 is not unreasonable. Let us assume 2 more doublings of CPU performance, 1gig of system ram and 2 lots of say 4x GPU (as opposed to 9x) top it off with Wireless HD (not wifi) / thunderbolt and you have a formidable (and technically plausible) scenario, add in wireless power so you can go forever in your lounge room (maybe by 2013)
You seriously think an amazing deep and long game at $5 can't sell 50m to 100m copies in a market of 300m devices, possible, but it would have nothing to do with the system rather that the market just doesn't have that many core gamers.
Thing is at $5 or maybe $2 with $1 track and parts packs (that add up to $10 if you want), the person who plays a little bit will buy it and have a look, have some fun occasionally and the person who wants to 100% the game will as well.
If it is quake 4, Lego Harry potter iOS or angry birds I want to win the game without dying, 100% everything or get 3 stars on every level. At $100 if I just want to play it through respawning whenever my buy rate will wither. At $1 if I play it through, get 1 to 2 star and maybe a few gold eggs I am happy, if I play some levels 100 times to absolutely smash it I am also happy.
My friends might drop $1 on the spot to just to have a look and leave it not feeling ripped.
At $100 you don't get the breadth of purchasing, the light and heavy buying the one title etc.
$5 does not make a gimmick. I have seen plenty $100 gimmicks and as for franchises like GT, I've seen the same game sold at $100 with a new paint job multiple times. It is neither clever nor enduring in the desire to keep paying.