Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

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  1. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/02/steve_jobs_most_influential_gamer/

    I was a little shocked when I read this. I don't think Steve or Zuckerberg would feature on my list. Where's Hideo Kojima? Where's John Carmack? Where's the Gameboy? Where's the PC?
     
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  3. boss.king thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No idea what that's meant to mean :confused:

    And as a friend just pointed out, where's Ralph Baer (AKA "The Father of Video Games")?
     
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    I agree with you. No Jobs or Zuck on that list, and IMO the Wii and iPhone have no place on the second list (Wii would be probably 6 or 7 on my list- iPhone would barely make the top 15.)

    How about the NES? SNES? GameBoy (original through DS)? Possibly even the PSP (so many have been sold)?

    The iPhone has done a lot for mobile gaming, but I'd choose even a GameBoy Advance/SP over an iPhone for playing any game (obviously not touch based games).
     
  5. anotonin macrumors member

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    LOL at the list. This goes to show people who 'make' the list don't know what they are talking about.
     
  6. Dnix macrumors 6502

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    Oh god what, I don't even...

    Mark Zuckerberg?
     
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    Ummm yea ok. Steve Jobs, maybe certainly as boss.king says where are Hideo Kojima, John Carmack and the Gameboy? Mark Zuckerberg???? For Farmville and those other crap FB games??? :eek:
     
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    Jobs and Zuckerberg? Wat? Get rid of them two and get Carmack on the list. What on earth has Jobs or Zuckerberg done for the gaming industry?
     
  9. Dnix macrumors 6502

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    While A) I'm not familiar with the publisher of this list, and B) know they have no actual relevance in gaming...

    I'm still raging.

    Are they big in the UK?
     
  10. anotonin macrumors member

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    Apparently they are game changers. lol Maybe we ought to have a precise definition of gaming.
     
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    That list is quite funny. I mean surely the most influential gaming people would come from this list?

    Next up, they give Alan Patridge the Sports Personality of the Year Award.

    Phew, the article has a low rating so even their readers don't agree. Nice. And all balance was restored.
     
  12. Lone Deranger macrumors 65816

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    Looks like that list was compiled by a 14 year old.
     
  13. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Steve Jobs? Obviously, the people who made this list have never tried gaming on a Mac. :)

    Actually, Zuckerberg and Facebook have had a big impact on gaming. How many people are playing Farmville, Mafia Wars, and other Facebook games? People who never would have touched a PC or console game are playing web-based games. Just look at the numbers Zynga is putting up.

    While top 5 is questionable, Facebook and the web have brought in a huge number of new people playing games. No, they aren't playing Modern Warfare or Skyrim, but they are playing games.
     
  14. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Another tech site succeeds in getting traffic by posting flame bait.
     
  15. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Regardless, Jobs should be at the top of these kinds of lists anyway, regardless of who's making them. At least they'll get one entry right.
     
  16. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    What has jobs ever done for gaming except replace Snake with Angry Birds? In fact, he didn't even do that, he just provided the platform.
     
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    Boom.
     
  18. anotonin macrumors member

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    And this is why we should have a precise definition of computer gaming. Its too broad and too many variables/factors to discern which is rightfully there.
     
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    You just answered your own question and it's beautiful.

    I don't care what gaming is like on the Mac or what advances other companies' CEOs made with gaming or even individual developers, because the fact of the matter is a lot of us used to be "hardcore gamers" and now play a lot of our games on an iPhone.

    Boom.
     
  20. Liquorpuki macrumors 68020

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    Then for the sake of consistency, you should put everyone who engineered a popular gaming platform on that list. Starting with Uemera, the guy who designed the 8-bit NES, the platform that single-handedly saved the game industry. Might as well put Bill Gates on there as well because without Windows there'd be no PC gaming.

    The list sucks. Half of it is biased toward agents of digital distribution like Jobs, Zuckerberg, Steam, etc. The other half is a mashup of random people and devices. And if you're gonna list the guy who invented the web as one of the most influential game guys, you might as well put Shockley on there for having invented the transistor.
     
  21. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    So what? He could have provided the platform and no-one could have written games for it. Then he wouldn't have been on the list. In fact, if I remember correctly, he was against the idea of having native apps on iOS to begin with and it was only consumer demand and probably some people at Apple suggesting the idea over and over that made it happen.

    I don't think Steve Jobs deserves this title. he has influenced nothing in the gaming industry. Give the guy who developed Angry Birds which pretty much began to make people realize iOS devices could be used for casual gaming a place in the list instead. And have Gabe at the top.
     
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  23. anotonin macrumors member

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    Correct!

    And i will reiterate again to put a definitive description/precise definition of the computer industry.
     
  24. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Comment at www.theregister.com: "if they made a survey today about the most influential man in the history of competitive extreme ironing Steve Jobs would be voted in..."

    Doesn't mean Steve Jobs wasn't influential, just means that you shouldn't take such reports too serious right now.
     
  25. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Except he wouldn't have. The platform is just *that* good.
     

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