Doom creator thinks tablets will kill consoles

Like consoles? Hate tablets? If so, the guy behind classics like Doom and Quake thinks you're screwed. John Romero, who also happens to be the co-founder of iD Software, told Digital Trends that he sees tablets killing console gaming in the near future.

“That's kind of something that I wrote about on my blog in 2005, which was bye-bye consoles,” Romero said, when questioned about the impact of tablets on the console business. “What I didn't foresee in 2005,” he continued, borrowing one of Steve Jobs' favorite phrases, “was the rise of the post-PC, which are all these tablets now. These are the things that actually will probably be the end of the consoles.”

Pretty sobering to hear those words coming from the guy who basically created the modern shooter genre, but some might chalk it all up as marketing for his new ventures at Loot Drop, the casual gaming company behind Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Commander for Facebook.

On the other hand, tablets are catching up to consoles at an alarming rate (that is, if you happen to have a stake in them), and there have been a handful of extremely ambitious and successful titles for them so far. It might not be so far fetched to picture yourself playing Battlefield 4 on your iPad in a few years, with a little creative thinking when it comes to controls.

Source: Digital Trends | Gaming Blend | Image via Gaming Blend

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"Hate tablets? If so, the guy behind classics like Doom and Quake thinks you're screwed."

Don't forget about Daikatana. That along with all his famous recent endeavors totally adds to his current credibility. /s

lol, what a load of tosh!

I agree with Largoh, how on earth can you play games like BF3 or the new Hitman on a tablet? You need a controller and a big ass screen - consoles wont die.. they offer a cheap alternative to a PC that plug and play for the non tech savvy ppl.

nitroxhotshot said,
lol, what a load of tosh!

I agree with Largoh, how on earth can you play games like BF3 or the new Hitman on a tablet? You need a controller and a big ass screen - consoles wont die.. they offer a cheap alternative to a PC that plug and play for the non tech savvy ppl.

"Man, ho on earth can you play games like Pong or Space War on a TV? You need a joystick and a big ass cabinent, with seedy looking guys starring at you out of the corner of their eyes in the corner. Arcades will never die!

nitroxhotshot said,
lol, what a load of tosh!

I agree with Largoh, how on earth can you play games like BF3 or the new Hitman on a tablet? You need a controller and a big ass screen - consoles wont die.. they offer a cheap alternative to a PC that plug and play for the non tech savvy ppl.

You can already add a mouse and keyboard to a tablet and a controller should be no problem with drivers. Dont really need a big ass screen. People can connect their consoles to a computer monitor and are happy with that.

nitroxhotshot said,
lol, what a load of tosh!

I agree with Largoh, how on earth can you play games like BF3 or the new Hitman on a tablet? You need a controller and a big ass screen - consoles wont die.. they offer a cheap alternative to a PC that plug and play for the non tech savvy ppl.

As I said in my other post, it doesn't matter that you can't play BF3 and such on a tablet. these games cost a lot to make, and are risky in whether they will make back their money, and even if they end up selling millions. and making loads of cash, Simple far less risky Tablets games are today making MORE money than these costly and risky triple A games.

if the publishers can get more money for less risk, then they will. these guys, contrary to popular belief, has no inherent loyalty to hardcore gamers. They don't care about us, they care about the money.

HawkMan said,

As I said in my other post, it doesn't matter that you can't play BF3 and such on a tablet. these games cost a lot to make, and are risky in whether they will make back their money, and even if they end up selling millions. and making loads of cash, Simple far less risky Tablets games are today making MORE money than these costly and risky triple A games.

if the publishers can get more money for less risk, then they will. these guys, contrary to popular belief, has no inherent loyalty to hardcore gamers. They don't care about us, they care about the money.

I'll be sticking to my BIG ASS TV! and controller

It's all a matter of economics. Tablets will never be even close to consoles in playability and game quality. BUT everyone will have a tablet in a few years, and the market for casual gamers there is much much bigger. When you already have a device that can play games, the step to actually buy some cheap causal games becomes a lot smaller.

This results in a situation where publishers can risk millions on a triple A console game that will make lots of money, or they can risk a fraction of that on a tablet game that will make far more money.

So the potential end of consoles isn't because consoles gets worse or tablet gaming gets better,or because console games won't make money. Just that tablets games will make far more money with far less risk.

I hope they will still keep consoles alive, but I fear they won't.

HawkMan said,
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I don't know, tablets have already come a long way as far as what's available for them, and I've seen some really impressive stuff for them, with even more in the works. The best games tend to veer away from traditional console games in terms of controls, but that could be remedied. Gameplay wise, there are plenty of titles that work well and are very engrossing, a far cry from Angry Birds.

I imagine it's more about getting what's on the tablet onto the TV, as opposed to lounge gaming dying out. Still, will need a better controller than a tablet.