Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Apple couldn't care less about games. They never have.
They did at one point:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzrme9yWens
The rise of gaming on iOS also brought back a lot of interest in Mac gaming as EA's presence in 2007 showed:http://www.kewego.com/video/iLyROoaftb-K.html
Then there was the Steam client for Mac in 2010.
And we have the cloud/streaming games, which are ideal for the TV as you only need a very small app and you can get the highest-end games without downloading.
As for the controls, it can be done fairly easily without buttons. I reckon it can be done with a 3-pad remote - the splits are largely technically superficial but are important:
It would have a gyroscope and accelerometer and the 3 pads would simply be areas to touch for control. So in an FPS game, you hold it horizontally and the left pad is directional, the right is your camera view. You can possibly tap on the back to fire so you can aim and shoot. The centre pad is for changing weapons by swiping left/right/up/down and for menus (two fingers).
An xbox 360 controller has 2 analog sticks, 2 analog buttons and 14 digital buttons. The 3-pad covers the analog sticks + 2 taps on the back (left/right or even the sides of the remote) + 1 tap on the right + 6 buttons in the middle + accelerometer/gyro for 2 analog buttons. So only say 5 digital buttons short but you can cover these functions easily e.g crouch is two finger swipe down on the right, prone is 3 finger swipe down, Flashlight is two-finger twist. Assuming the Wii-like movement too, you get all of the right pad free.
I really styled it like that as a way to input text easily but I'm not so sure it would be practical. Each pad would be mapped to a grid of 9 characters = 27 characters shown on screen and you simply swipe the direction for each letter and swipe the grid type for punctuation and numbers. Two finger swipe up for caps.
The biggest problem with it would be cost and making it immediately intuitive but the advantage with a blank slate is the user makes it as simple or as complex as it needs to be - like the Magic Mouse.
Originally Posted by Professor. Peabody
As a major user of AppleTV (It's the only thing I have connected to my TV at all), I can say that simply having a field of apps to click instead of the tedious "menu within menu" aspect of the current UI would be a huge improvement.
I'm not a huge fan of the menu UI but I think any UI will still require a lot of clicks with a basic remote depending on how they arrange the options. If each icon was a direct option, it would be much quicker but you'd need a way to arrange the icons easily. They could allow this to be done on a computer but it would be better done on the device.