Like consoles? Hate tablets? If so, the guy behind classics like Doom and Quake thinks youre 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.
“Thats 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 didnt 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 Clancys 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.