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Join Date: Jul 2006
2006-09-15, 15:23

is apple going to allow homebrew games? I mean it would be cool playing nes games on it, or even half life or doom. Just like the psp. I know there have been games for the ipod in the past on linux but i mean now you wouldnt have to change to os.
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Zone of Pain
2006-09-15, 15:27

The NES controller has the d-pad plus four buttons. Half Life and Doom would require even more. They'd also require a much more powerful processor.

How do you propose playing games that require more than a d-pad/spinner and one other button?

Games for the iPod have to be written specifically with the iPod in mind. Most PC games simply wouldn't work well (or at all) with the limited interface options.

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Join Date: Jul 2006
2006-09-15, 15:30

both half life and doom can be put on the i pod through the use of linux
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: San Francisco, CA
2006-09-15, 16:10

I've tried playing Doom on the iPod, and let me tell you - it's pretty darn awkward. Not only does it use the scroll wheel and center button; it also uses all the other buttons on the iPod as well, including the hold toggle. In short, it 'works', but doesn't work well at all.
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Austin, TX
2006-09-15, 16:17

I wouldn't bet on it. Remember the Atari? Many people believe that the reason it never really took off was because the amount of crappy homebrew games, by sheer volume, lowered the general appeal of the thing. Just as a rising tide raises all ships, the inverse is also true. Apple is all about quality control, and crappy software, albeit on an elegant interface, is still crappy.

Plus, by restricting the iPod to Apple-produced software they are able to provide the incentive for existing users to upgrade to the latest and greatest.
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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Siloam Springs, AR
2006-09-15, 19:49

Yeah, I ran Doom on my third gen iPod under Linux. All it did was make me feel really cool, but then my friends called me a nerd... So I uninstalled it after I realized how terrible it looked on the screen.
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Melbourne
2006-09-15, 20:07

Plus, they're charging $$ for the games.
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