Makers of video games, applications laud iPad

08:56, March 08, 2010      

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As an electronic reader, Apple's iPad has been touted as a possible "Kindle killer," but what has video game makers buzzing is the potential of the touchscreen tablet computer as a gaming platform.
"It's going to be a really powerful handheld game console," said Asbjoern Soendergaard, founder and chief executive officer of Tactile Entertainment. "It's going to be an awesome gaming experience."

Soendergaard's Denmark-based company is building a pet simulation game for the iPhone called "Pocket Creatures," and he said the iPad will allow the game developers to add "features that we only thought we could a year ago."

The iPad's larger screen, rich graphics and processing power has video game and application developers around the world racing to put the final touches on programs for the iPad in time when it hits the stores next month.

Free and paid applications for the iPhone – more than 150,000 to date – helped make the smartphone a smash hit, and developers are hoping for similar success with the iPad, which goes on sale in the United States on April 3 and in nine other countries at the end of the month.

"We're very excited about the iPad because it gives us more room to play," said Brian Meehan, the head of worldwide product development at Sourcebits, a company focused on mobile applications and gaming with offices in Atlanta and Bangalore, India.
Game makers are not the only ones bullish about the iPad. So are application developers.

PointAbout, a Washington-based technology company which has built iPhone applications for the White House, the US Coast Guard and The Washington Post among others, is looking to adapt its popular AppMakr service to the iPad.

"We will probably end up adding iPad into AppMakr so that people can build low-cost iPad apps," Odio said. "I imag-ine it's going to take us three to six months to do that, but it is our goal."

Source: Global Times
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