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Apple Voted Largest Influence On Gaming Industry

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According to industry professionals, Steve Jobs and the iPhone had a bigger impact on videogames than Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony combined.

According to a survey distributed to 1,000 videogame industry professionals, the iPhone has shaped videogames more than any other device or console, and Steve Jobs has shaped videogames more than any other human. The questionnaire was sent out to industry attendees of the London Games Conference, and asked participants to make a top five list of various professionals and hardware. Based on the answers received, the LGS ranked them according to the number of mentions.

The iPhone took top honors in the "products" category, earning an impressive 53% of voters claiming it belongs in the top five of all time, and 17% as number one. The full results were as follows:

iPhone: 17%
Wii: 7%
Xbox Live: 3%
PlayStation One: 3%
Steam: 2%

As for people, Apple also took the throne, with Steve Jobs being mentioned in the top five list of 46% of survey takers, and as number one by 26%. Here's how he stacked up against other industry giants:

Steve Jobs 26%
Gabe Newell 16%
Shigeru Miyamoto 7%
Tim Berners-Lee 4%
Mark Zuckerberg 3%

At first glance, this list seems a bit unfair. No one is denying that Steve Jobs was important to the tech community, but is he worthy being heralded as a videogame giant, more so than the creator of Steam or the Mario franchise? And what the heck is Zuckerberg doing on this thing at all? I guess the thing to remember is that this isn't a list of the "best" or "top-selling," it's a list of who and what shaped the industry. That being said, there's no denying that the invention of the Apple app store has radically changed the way we think about games, pricing, availability, and portability. Still, Jobs' death is fresh on everyone's mind lately, just sayin'.

Source: Eurogamer

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I think this is only because Steve died recently and now everyone wants to make his family feel better, that's the only reason this could've happened.

This... Pardon?
What the hell did this survey look like?

How has Steve Jobs done more than Shigeru Miyamoto?

Well if there was a option for "Call of Duty" that would have won by a metric mile.

My Bullshit senses are tingling...

Steve Jobs? Really?

Methinks his recent death has skewed the results somewhat.

Ok, now where is "Browser Games" with a %25?

I know Apple HAS had an influence on gaming, but I think the reason for this poll being the way it is, is less about Apple being a gaming giant and more about the fact that most people already HAVE an Iphone and the games were immediately available.

Also, "Industry Professionals"? You mean the guys who repeatedly predict gaming about as accurately as weather casters?

Stupidest thing I've ever read.

I'll admit that I'm guilty of occasional Steve Jobs worship. But this... this is just not at all right. Sure, the iPhenomenon introduced a lot of people to the joy of casual gaming, but it didn't define a generation like the NES did.

If talking about very recently, I'll be inclined to agree.

If talking about the industry in general, I'd be absolutely amazed. Nintendo clearly are the forerunners, no matter whether you're a fan of their product or not.

"has shaped videogames more than any other device or console,"
I believe that honor goes to the Xbox 360, since just about every multiplatform PC game for the past 6 years has been a crappy 360 port.

And as for the people poll. Steve Jobs hated games. He went on an hour long tirade with Ron Gilbert, telling him that you can't tell a story in a game.
Where's Sid Meier in that poll, heck, where's Garriot or Peter Molyneux?

This poll is rigged, rigged I tell you!

I have to admit this is beyond my comprehension. For starters how is PS2 not even on that list for products... let alone some of the older consoles.

Xan Krieger:
I think this is only because Steve died recently and now everyone wants to make his family feel better, that's the only reason this could've happened.

This. It's that whole 'respect the dead' mentality (that people take way too far sometimes). He hasn't really done anything for gaming, directly at least.

Did the phrase the question: Who is the biggest figure with anything to do with games who has died recently?

If so, then I might understand.

wait wat. This literally makes no sense like at all. I must have read it wrong. *goes back and reads again* okay exactly what I thought it said. Where is Ralph Baer, Nolan Bushnell ya know the people who INVENTED video games? Why the HELL is Mark Zuckerberg even UP there?

Edit: I mean they should have been at least mentioned right?

This has got to be just talking about the last year or so, Like the most influential people of the year.

What is the person behind this statement smoking and where the hell do you get/legalize something that strong?

lovest harding:

Xan Krieger:
I think this is only because Steve died recently and now everyone wants to make his family feel better, that's the only reason this could've happened.

This. It's that whole 'respect the dead' mentality (that people take way too far sometimes). He hasn't really done anything for gaming directly at least.

Also this.

Yeah, either most of the attendees were people currently getting arts degrees, or the way that the question was worded was biased.

For example, if you're telling me to make a top five list of "most advanced products" or "most innovative products," while I wouldn't put the iPhone at the top of that list, most people would when comparing it with, say, the Wii. However, if the question was which is the most influential to gaming, there is no chance that the iPhone would make that list ahead of the DS or the other consoles.

If you're asking which makes the most money, well then yes, the iWhatever takes the cake.

As far as the people go, either the people in attendance were not gamers in any respect, or, again, the question was worded badly to encourage you to pick Jobs. Perhaps it's because he revolutionized the computer scene decades ago, but he has done nothing to help gaming in recent times, or really, to help gaming at all, ever.

*Edit* If this is just about money, then yes, the iCrap and Jobs win. But that doesn't make them GOOD, only makes them good business-makers with a large (cult) following.

Xan Krieger:
I think this is only because Steve died recently and now everyone wants to make his family feel better, that's the only reason this could've happened.

AndrewC:
Stupidest thing I've ever read.

You two, you said what I agree with.

I mean really? Apple? Ho ho ho. I'm just gonna ignore these results.

Um, what? Steve Jobs is the most influential person in Gaming???

The same Steve Jobs that essentially crippled gaming on Macs for a decade because he doesn't like them?

Ugh.

This is literally a kick in the teeth to the gaming community.

Lol this has to be a joke.

Nintendo has done 100x more for the industry then steve. He didnt even want to have anything to do with gaming.

Fo Shizzle?

Steve Jobs... biggest impact... I mean really?

I really want to provide a much more usefull responce, but I'm just gonna go with others by saying it's just because he unfortunately died recently. If you'd ask this question in a couple of months I would like to see if he remains on top. As that is something I could get extreamly pissed over.

Ok, first of, lolz. Not sure who voted on that crap or following what train of thought, but I reckon it's safe to say they were absolutely bonkers.

Second, why the fuck would someone compare Steam with PlayStation? Steam is not a platform, it's a store. That's like comparing an airplane to a fridge in a poll for the most efficient means of cross continent travel.

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the people on this list of the most influential people in gaming. I think that really tells you everything about how valid it is.

OT: I can see why people are claiming the iPhone is influential. With the rise of app games and such, it does show a clear challenge to the established mold. I can also see why the Wii is up there, considering it vastly broadened the demographic. I'd put Steam a little higher, but that's just me. But this is purely in terms of being influential. And they seem to be more than willing to ignore anything before the mid-90s...

As for the people: I can understand Jobs being in the top 10. Jobs beating both Miyamoto and Newel makes no sense whatsoever. The man who created the biggest digital distribution platform for hardcore gaming and the man called "The Father of Modern Gaming." were voted less influential than Jobs.

And I repeat: Mark Zuckerberg is in the top 5. That by itself can pretty much render this entire poll completely worthless.

Am I missing something here? Oh right, the pippin. That thing definitely set the course of gaming for decades to come...

That poll would make much more sense if they shared the drugs used during the polling.

Vrach:
Ok, first of, lolz. Not sure who voted on that crap or following what train of thought, but I reckon it's safe to say they were absolutely bonkers.

Second, why the fuck would someone compare Steam with PlayStation? Steam is not a platform, it's a store. That's like comparing an airplane to a fridge in a poll for the most efficient means of cross continent travel.

You've obviously never traveled with Sub-Zero Airways.

The air conditioning is brilliant and the food is within arms reach.

complete and utter bullshit!

steve jobs and the iphone dosnt even have a place in the survay of what has had largest influence on the gaming industry.

also, was it a convention for mentaly disabled game devs or what, the Wii is second on the list... So the Wii has more of an impact on games then the PS one, what! O_o

Also, Bill gates + directX... MUCH bigger impact

Apple just made some portable music players and telephones, Whopdi freaking dooo. Yeah sure they Changed games forever ha .... ha.. ha..

Biased poll if i ever saw one. Probably bribed them All with a new iphone seems more apples style.

Microsoft with xbox and first to really start utilizing multiplayer on console and on PC-s in general. Need i even say more? Rest of the things are just kid Toys that have been popular for a few years.

Not to mention Windows-Pc gaming has been the constant driving force and of development for the last 20 years or more. Most of the consoles had their games coded on it even.

Hell the microsoft guy that minesweeper prob did more for gaming then apple did.

Everyone should realise that the games industry is shaped by developers mainly and not sole individuals. Steve Jobs just happens to be the personal embodiment of apple, but most companies don't really have that. Microsoft does, with Bill Gates, but he is not the head of the gaming section of the company, just like Steve Jobs wasn't the head of the gaming section of Apple.

Both lists seem like a bunch of random items from the nomination list slapped down with some random numbers though.

EDIT: also, where is the list for actual games that had the biggest influence on gaming, that seems like the most obvious thing of the many many many many things that have an influence on gaming?

Erm, I don't know about you guys, but when I think of gamings biggest triumphs, I don't think of Steve Jobs or apple...

I think of Steam, and Gabe Newell... I think of Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, all that jazz. NOWHERE on that list would I have ever in a million years thought Apple...

Sucking up to his death a bit?

In reality:

Product goes to Steam because the massive success of Digital Distribution can be attributed at least half to it and People would go to Zuckerberg because as much as I hate Facebook it has spawned an entire new genre for gaming. (Regardless of how crap those games currently are)

If there was a developer award it would go to Perfect World because them sticking to their free-to-play model for MMOs is causing more and more developers to switch to that model also when they see it working and even bringing in more money than a subscription based scheme would.

But that's just my opinion, my opinion also says whoever answered Jobs and iPhone on that poll are idiots and sheep.

This is simply pants on head stupid, can we all ignore this and pretend it didn't happen.

Sagacious Zhu:
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I won't report you because you're spot-on but I would suggest you add some text to avoid a low content infraction.

(Couldn't edit this on to my other post because that doesn't exist yet, apparently)

OK well this... well stupid to say the least. Microsoft has an exponentially greater influence on gaming seeing as they publish 2 major systems (Xbox and PC). Apple publishes a phone with casual games and considering the Droid is much more popular it looks like Apple doesn't even win in that market. To call the people who voted in this professionals in the gaming industry is like calling Mario an expert in the pasta industry. Ya, a lot of their lives revolve around it but all they understand is the final product and what to do with it.

Vrach:
Ok, first of, lolz. Not sure who voted on that crap or following what train of thought, but I reckon it's safe to say they were absolutely bonkers.

Second, why the fuck would someone compare Steam with PlayStation? Steam is not a platform, it's a store. That's like comparing an airplane to a fridge in a poll for the most efficient means of cross continent travel.

Yeah, like why the fuck would anybody think of using an airplane for that?
No but really, the nominations for the lists must have been far too broad. There should have been a list for physical products and a separate one for services or something.
And again I point out, where is the list for actual Games? Thats like listing the influences for a band without naming any other bands...

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