May 14, 2008
Dear CNET members,
While I was reading through the CNET blogs, I came across The Digital Home Blog by Don Reisinger, who, in his latest entry, explores the idea that Apple should release a video game console. He goes on to give his opinion on why Apple should take that next step into the gaming community. After reading the blog, I had to ask myself, "Why not?" Apple has dominated the portable music business, it has its computers, it has its set-top box, it has its share of the cell phone business, so why not the gaming arena? I know there are games on Apple's portable devices such as the iPhone or the iPod Touch, and if the company were to compete for a piece of the portable gaming devices pie, it might actually get a decent share. However, as some of you may remember (or perhaps prefer not to), Apple did having a gaming console called the Pippin, which failed. So should it take another gamble at it? The gaming industry is huge, and if Apple pulls off a gaming success as it did with the introduction of the iPod and iPhone, it could be in the money all over again! But then again, if it fails, well, three times is a charm? What do you think?
Give Don's blog, "Apple should release a video game console," a read and after you do, tell us what you think of Don's take. Do you think Apple should develop a gaming console--why or why not? If Apple came out with a gaming console, how would you envision Apple's gaming console to be? What do you think Apple would have to do to compete with the big boys of the gaming industry? Or do you think Apple should just stick with what they do best and sideline the thoughts of even tapping into the gaming console market? Whatever is on your mind about this topic, we want to hear it. Many of our members have already spoken up, now it's your turn to tell us.
This week's hot topic:
Should Apple release a game console?
In a recent blog post by Don Reisinger, titled "Apple should release a video game console," he gives us his take on why Apple should join the gaming industry by releasing a console. And after reading his piece, many of our members had plenty to say. Here are just a few of the many comments submitted by our members:
"This is a terrible, terrible idea."
"The gaming market is already a complete battlefield, with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo battling for control. Each side has already dug in and sold millions of consoles, and released their killer apps. If Apple entered now (which they won't), they would get..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member ~Canuck~
"Are you serious?"
"I had to read your article twice to be sure you weren't being ironic. Are you serious? Of course, the Apple console would either have to come out early compared to the next generation (remember the Dreamcast?), or it would have to wait to compete against Sony and Microsoft, at a price point that would cause Apple to need to take a loss for several quarters. However, if I were to devil's advocate myself, and assume that Apple should bring..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member DAMIENKP
"Apple is able to get ahead because of simple and clean GUI"
"DISCLAIMER: I'm definitely NOT an Apple fanboy...I have no fear of the complex, and I like open systems. I don't own a single Apple product. Apple is able to get ahead because of simple and clean GUI that works for those not of geek origin. It may not contain the level of sophistication that power users need, but it works well for all others..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member gerrrg
Now that you've read Don's blog, as well as what some of our members had to say, it's time for you to speak up and tell us if Apple should join the gaming industry by releasing a console or not. We're all waiting to read your thoughts, so chime on in!
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