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iPod Touch as a Gaming Console?

June 22nd, 2011 by

Apple products, you either love them of hate them. Either way you have to give the iPod Touch some props for its gaming conception. Certainly, if you own a Smartphone you have a few gaming apps on them. The iPod Touch brings this same capability without the expensive monthly charges.

Sure but all the Games are Simple Apps

There are those of course but even in that genre you will find some exceptional and detailed games. If you are into old school arcade games - remember Pac-Man, Centipede and Asteroids? You can get them all on one game pouch with a ton more. Love pinball? there are dozens of free or low-priced apps for that too.

For the more seasoned app player, check out such fun games as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Tetris. If you like social games than Words, with Friends, Scrabble and Hanging with Friends are current big draws. All these games are intuitive, possess outstanding graphics and interfaces and are fun and easy to play.

Something else to look into on the gaming circuit for this platform are games such as Party in my Dorm. These interactive games are built on building your college empire through fighting, dancing, and pranks, towards the goal for college supremacy.

Sure but What About Real Games

Not convinced because you have your giant hand-held platform with all those cartridges and you want some real game action? Well, the iPod Touch provides this as well. There is a game store full of games that can be downloaded and played on this platform with full capabilities.

From sports to action to adventure to role-playing, the iPod Touch game library has them all. Sure not every game on the market is adapted to the iPod but then again not every game on the market is available on every console platform either, so that is a moot argument. Take a peek for yourself at the library either through your Apple App Store or if you don’t have the software check here.

Still Not Convinced

That’s cool, this article is all about educating you about a product you might not have considered for your gaming needs. It’s also a viable and fairly inexpensive tool for more than just games of course. Music and video playback makes the iPod a great portable device even without the use of downloadable apps. Perhaps you’ve considered an iPod in the past or any iOS device, and maybe this short opinion piece will give you the confidence to give it a go.

This Community Content article was created by Spyder Collins, a member of our community. Community Content is your way of getting long-form writing and opinion out to the Midlife Gamer audience, an open platform to get something off your chest. For full guidelines on our editorial standards and how to create your own post, click here. The views expressed within are those of the author and not necessarily the opinions of the Midlife Gamer Staff.

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2 Responses to “iPod Touch as a Gaming Console?”
  1. avatar Adamski UK says:

    The iPod/iPhone as a platform offers me personally a degree of flexibility and portability.
    So I see the gaming aspect as the cherry on the top. I don’t spend a great deal of money on game apps, but there are some great low cost and free examples of developers experimenting with the hardware…games which are essentially disposable.
    Like a razor…pick a good one and it can give your a nice clean shave and leave your skin feeling smooth and soft…but once you’ve used it for long enough it will nick you and give you a rash….until you go and get a nice new fresh one.

  2. avatar Terryterryd says:

    My iPhone 3GS has LIVED in my pocket for nearly 3 years, solidly now. It has become my games platform of choice simply because it is always there. I have lavished about £50 on games and apps over the 3 years… £50(!) and that is a combination of gift cards mainly, not my own cash. That is a lot of apps, and for that money you might get 2 or 3 games for your ‘proper’ console.

    As a family man, sitting for hours playing games is not an option – though I was allowed a few hours to get my Portal 2 on, recently. I love gaming and listen to loads of podcasts etc and live and breathe the scene: I just rarely play games TRADITIONALLY.

    I am now waiting patiently for the next iteration of iPhone as I see it as an essential upgrade this time. I have REALLY been tempted with a shift to an Android handset, but my legacy of Apple app store apps keeps me loyal this time. Apple’s pricing is an issue, hence the 3 year wait, but my 3GS still performs to my satisfaction and it is the longest I have ever had a handset (before that I upgraded religiously every year).

    In a nutshell, I am definitely converted.

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