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Angry Birds Dev Says Console Games Are “Dying”

by Ernice Gilbert on March 14th, 2011, under Hot, industry news, News, Rovio

That’s the judgement maker of one of the most popular mobile games: Angry Birds, has casted on the console business.

“Innovation has moved from console games into mobile games,” Rovio head Peter Vesterbacka told a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, per Venture Beat.

According to Vesterbacka, mobile game devs are more “nimble” and are able to upgrade their titles quicker than big budget projects.

As for his company’s game, Angry Birds, it’s been downloaded more than 100 million times, with the paid version costing 59p, while the lite version is free.

Vesterbacka was also weary of the phrase “casual games”, and pointed out that there’s no such thing as a casual movie.

Nintendo boss sparked controversy over the same debate at GDC this month, when he openly expressed his concerns over the future of “high value” games.

“A few games do become mega-hits, but it’s not easy,” said Iwata. “With such competition, even being noticed is extremely difficult – huge investments promise nothing. Now, consider this. The corresponding number of games available to download from app sites is in the tens of thousands. Game development is drowning.”

2 Comments

  1. Tue, 15th Mar 2011 at 3:45 am

    dont be ridiculous!
    yea, social gaming has exploded over the years, as has handheald gaming but that does not mean its going to replace console gaming!
    once my iphone can give me ps3 graphics, there will be a new console to beat it again, so consoles are never going anywhere!
    not to mention there allot smaller, more simple and allot shorter.
    lets see you pull off the precision required for a game like KZ3 on the iphone!
    it just cant be done!
    ive said this once, and ill say it again.
    touchscreens are just not suited for gaming!
    you need the precision of dual sticks, and buttons.
    something touchscreens cant and never will never give us!

  2. Tue, 15th Mar 2011 at 7:23 am

    Guy’s completely lost his mind.

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