Had to check wth Rovio is. SO angry Birds is their contribution to the gaming world. A game that existed since forever in those flash free games websites. I'm sorry but I expect a little bit more from a multibillion company like Apple.
I'm not hating on Apple, they are a great tech company but they never cared about gaming. They never took a risk, never invested in pushing forward tech and software for games. They've been making computers since forever yet their PCs and OS suck at gaming. Their phones got popular so devs started to make games for those. Simple games that serve only to pass the time while you wait for the bus.
Exactly. They turned a simple-but-addicting flash-type game into a $2.25 *BILLION* valuation. Billion. With a B. As in, roughly three times what EA paid to aquire BioWare/Pandemic. And they did it by charging about the same as the cost of a bottle of coke (if at all; there's also ad-supported versions now) and offering it through a simple, easy to use app store. That's kind of a big deal in an industry that's struggling with piracy and a focus on high-priced, big-budget games (ie the type of game where if you don't move 2+ million copies, you're potentially looking for new employment).
The fact they didn't care about gaming in the past doesn't mean they can't care about gaming in the future (or now, for that matter, since they're making a ton of money off of it). It's not like MS/Sony/Nintendo are some noble bastions of gamerkind: they see it as a way to make a reasonable return on investment, and nothing more.
And yet those simple games that serve only to pass time while you wait for the bus are both wildly successful and all kinds of fun (nevermind the more interesting games like World of Goo, Swords and Sworcery: Brothers EP, Sid Meier's Pirates!, FF Tactics, etc). I don't see the lack of "Manshooter: Call of Honour" and "generic sci-fi FPS #127" as a bad thing.