Rob Lefebvre over at The Portable Gamer has a very good article up on how the iPad is set to transform gaming. Rob admits that he didn’t want an iPad initially and he has been surprised at how much he loves the device. Here’s the gist of what his post is about though:
I’ll skip the enthusiasm about iBooks, Netflix, and the Mail app. That’s a post for another site. What I will talk about here is how I believe that the iPad has, in one fell swoop, changed the face of gaming.
Rob relates a great story about playing an iPad game next to a colleague at work and how the colleague quickly gets drawn into it.
Reaching out her hands, she began to help me. That’s right, with no understanding of gaming, no controller to turn on or profile to sign in, my friend was engaged in a game, with me, in real life, in the same room, on the same table.
This is an experience I’ve been having at home with my daughter. She does know the iPhone OS and enjoys iPhone / iPod Touch gaming already, so our case is a bit different. But the iPad has taken things to a whole new level for us in terms of playing games together. She is jumping right in and tapping things for me during games, telling me when to watch out for that thing coming at me, and so forth. And of course there are a number of games that we are playing together as well.
Rob is an all-round gaming expert – so it’s cool seeing his perspective on how the iPad is going to be a game-changer in his arena. Check out his post here when you have a moment: