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The current console generation is already longer than previous ones, and other than the Wii U, no new consoles have been announced. And some would argue that Wii U is not really 'next-gen' since it's basically on par with PS3 graphically. Does this mean Nintendo is launching too late? Speaking to IndustryGamers, EA CEO John Riccitiello said it essentially no longer matters and that consoles aren't even the dominant force in gaming today.

He began, "I would argue that one of the least interesting things about the games industry was that every 5 years you’d see a new console or platform from everybody at about the same time with about the same or similar upgrades or services. You’d sort of harvest it and then it’d cycle back. We got used to it. It’s what seemed normal. But it’s not a particularly smart way to run an industry... bulges in technology investment followed by harvest. And let’s be realistic. Consoles used to be 80% of the industry as recently as 2000. Consoles today are 40% of the game industry, so what do we really have?"

"We have a new hardware platform and we’re putting out software every 90 days. Our fastest growing platform is the iPad right now and that didn’t exist 18 months ago. So the idea that we’re categorizing the industry as being [cyclical]... Nintendo is off cycle with what? I mean, the point of reference is gone. And so Nintendo is bringing out a new platform that brings together some of what we’re learning from new media and new platforms like the iPad and then integrating that with a console. It’s the perfect time for that in the industry," he added.
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Sorry if repost. So EA's CEO wants to shift from consoles to iPads?
Edited by Riou - 7/28/11 at 12:35pm
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I think we already know what the outcome is to catering to the audience that buys things like the iPad. Just look at the Wii, all sorts of casuals bought it in mass and now no one is buying games for it. The only people buying games are hard core gamers paying 60$ each for "real" games on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

How many times must we prove ourselves.
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He is basically sayin not many casual people will be buying the new coming consoles. Which could be true, the incentive is gone now.
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Consoles may make up a smaller percentage, but that doesn't mean there are fewer console gamers, that likely just means that there are more gamers overall, and that many of them are not console gamers. This is a great thing for the industry, studios can continue making console games, and they can also choose from a number of other platforms as well.
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He is basically sayin not many casual people will be buying the new coming consoles. Which could be true, the incentive is gone now.
If their not willing to shell out for a new gaming console it probably means they don't really care about gaming. What makes him think they will be big spenders on their tablets and phones?
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well i guess if you would count my mom playing bookworm on her iphone as gaming, then yes. this makes sense. but the 40% with consoles and whatever percent with PC's certainly spend a LOT more on gaming than moms with iphones.
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What they don't seem to understand is that if they make a good product and cater to the real GAMERS (None of this 'oh I play angry birds so I'm a gamer' crap) the majority will buy a sequel/expansion if the original game itself was good.

They seem to cater for every fad and shaft the dedicated gamers who will always be there and cater for the 'gamers' who are only using the tablet because it's the 'in' thing to do.
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This seems pretty reasonable. Cant wait for win8 to come out and get all this stuff back on track.
    
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I am sorry...but you can not call people playing games like Angry Birds and such gamers. That is like saying I am a master artist because I colored with my three year old the other day. I don't that would even entail the term "causual gamer". This would fall under the term "bored-on-the-bus-and-there-is-nothing-new-on-facebook gamer"

buy the way...I play a few of these little games on my phone when i am waiting for something away from home. Nothing wrong with them...but I don't consider it "gaming" and now by the look of it these types of games are getting more and more focus. Pretty soon the console gamers are going to feel like most PC gamers.
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Does this mean we'll get to play "that crappy ipad port" on a console? Probably not, but it would make for a good laugh.
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