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id Software details two iPhone projects

id Software details two iPhone projects

id OSftware is currently working on a version of Wolfenstein RPG and Quake 3: Arena for the iPhone.

id Software has been a fan of the iPhone ever since the platform was first announced, with John Carmack lauding the potential of the mobile phone as a gaming device at QuakeCon last year and saying that the company already had two secret projects in development - one of which would be a "graphical tour de force".

Now though, thanks to an interview with Joystiq, those games are secrets no longer.

The first game that id Software is hoping to release Apple's iPhone is a simple port of the successful Wolfenstein RPG game that the company had previously published on other mobile handsets. Carmack previously described the game as a pretty conventional mobile game and the idea of a turn-based RPG would seem to mesh well with the iPhone's limited inputs.

The other and much more exciting project though has been revealed as a port of Quake 3: Arena - the same game that id Software currently has running in browsers as the free-to-play Quake Live.

In the coming interview Carmack described Quake 3 for iPhones as a bit of a "internal hack-around project...it needs a significant amount of time to get a framerate worth of the game." He did however mention that, although id Software was very bullish on iPhone development, it wasn't decided yet if Quake 3 would make a viable iPhone product.

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Neophyte4Life 25th February 2009, 14:14 Quote
when can it play crysis?
Jordan Wise 25th February 2009, 14:21 Quote
I don't know why people bother making games for any Mac products, as Apple really isn't interested in gaming at all, they'll never have gaming as a primary function in any of their devices so the the gaming experiance will be mediocre at best
perplekks45 25th February 2009, 14:31 Quote
They don't say 'No, please don't develop for the iPhone/iPod Touch to increase our sales", either. I think it's good that we get some innovation and if the price is right and the reviews say it's good I'll definitely grab Q3 for my Touch.
p3n 25th February 2009, 16:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
I don't know why people bother making games for any Mac products, as Apple really isn't interested in gaming at all, they'll never have gaming as a primary function in any of their devices so the the gaming experiance will be mediocre at best

Facts, get some.
Jordan Wise 25th February 2009, 18:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
I don't know why people bother making games for any Mac products, as Apple really isn't interested in gaming at all, they'll never have gaming as a primary function in any of their devices so the the gaming experiance will be mediocre at best

Facts, get some.

First of all, what an icredible asinine response.
Apple have never been interested in gaming, all they want it to make slick products with accessible interfaces and for all the software to be as easy to use as possible. They are quite good at this.
Hell, Carmack himself said that Apple aren't bothered about games: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2008/08/05/john-carmack-steve-jobs-hates-games/1

And to my last point, try and name an outstanding game thats been developed on any phone or mobile device that isn't primarily for gaming. Look at the N-Gage. A mobile device that put a lot of money into making a hybrid device to compete with the handheld consoles and not a single noteworthy game was released on it. They even made design choices with gaming in mind, and it still sucked. The iPhone is just a phone with a reasonably powerful processor with gimmicky input devices (for gaming). Its never going to be great. Barely adequate, possibly.

Arguement, get one
Matticus 25th February 2009, 22:49 Quote
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ATI Radeon X1900 XT with 512MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory provides an ideal solution for motion graphics, animation, or 3D design and visualization.

Even loller!

He is right, apple products are not aimed at gamers, even when they sell a gaming graphics card they sell it to use for cad etc.

I don't agree though that people shouldn't bother making games for the iphone, it has a reasonable amount of power and can run these games, infact all the fun games and apps are the only thing that I would say are good about the iphone. Otherwise it is just an overpriced touchscreen mobile lacking in features of phones half the price.

If I had an iphone I would be looking forward to this.
Nexxo 25th February 2009, 23:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
I don't know why people bother making games for any Mac products, as Apple really isn't interested in gaming at all, they'll never have gaming as a primary function in any of their devices so the the gaming experiance will be mediocre at best

it's not really about what Apple wants, is it (even if they have advertised the games that have been created for their machines). It is about what Apple customers want. And many iPhone owners wouldn't say no to a bit of Quake in their pocket.
p3n 26th February 2009, 09:59 Quote
There is plenty of decent apple hardware, as for ALL your other arguments - boot camp.
Hamish 26th February 2009, 15:17 Quote
i cant see how a twitch FPS like Q3 would work on iphone or any other mobile device tbh
no mouse = no precision/speed = not Q3
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