Alright, so here's the deal- The amount of iPad games out there on day one is beyond overwhelming. In the interest of getting something up on the site, here's some brief first impressions of the games we're going through as quickly as possible. Right now we kind of feel like kids in a candy store with hundreds of different kinds of candy while thousands of people stand outside with their face plastered against the window yelling "How does it taste?!"

We'll likely do in-depth coverage of most of the games that stand out, but for the time being, if you just got home with an iPad and are totally lost with where to start you can follow along with us going through these games. These aren't in any kind of order, rather, these are just the games that jumped out at us first.


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Real Racing HD, $9.99 - One of the biggest surprises for me with the iPad is how immersive racing games are, especially when in cockpit mode. The iPad feels a little on the heavy side until you get used to using it as a steering wheel, but a 1024x768 screen so close to your face really makes for a cool gameplay experience. For more details on Real Racing, check out our review. The game itself is very similar to the iPhone version, but with much better graphics and a hefty heap of immersion.


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Need For Speed Shift for iPad, $14.99 - Much like how we mentioned in our in-depth preview of the iPhone version, it's really a toss up as to which game is better between Need For Speed and Real Racing. Much like Real Racing, the game looks great on the iPad and I absolutely love the in-car view with the feel that comes with using the iPad as a steering wheel. Currently, Need For Speed costs an extra $5 over Real Racing, but if you prefer the arcade style of racing in the Need For Speed series, don't let the higher price tag scare you away.


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Touchgrind HD, $7.99 - If you're at all in to finger boarding, or liked the iPhone version of the game, you need Touchgrind HD for your iPad. The extra screen real estate of the iPad really improves gameplay, as you can see so much more and can actually plan out lines to skate instead of just bumping along looking for ramps and rails. The two player mode is super cool, and the amount of customization in the game between different skateboards rocks. Something to keep in mind is that this game controls like you're using an actual finger board just like the original, so there can be a somewhat sizable learning curve as you learn how to handle your board.


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Labyrinth 2 HD, $7.99 & Labyrinth 2 HD Lite, Free - Following the previously mentioned racing games, Labyrinth 2 HD was yet another "Oh wow, this is really cool" experience on the iPad. We absolutely loved Labyrinth 2 when it was first released for the iPhone, so it's not much of a surprise that the game is even better on the big screen of the iPad. Seriously, download the lite version if nothing else. The pseudo-3D tilting effect looks even better on the iPad.


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Harbor Master HD, Free - Line drawing games work fantastic on the iPhone, and they're even better on the iPad. The control method feels completely natural, and the game gets even more hectic because of how much more you can have on screen at once. If you've got an iPad, you definitely need to grab Harbor Master HD while it's free. (Heck, grab it even if you don't have an iPad just in case they raise the price.) The main down side to the game is it only includes one map, but if you get bored of Harbor Master HD and are craving more line drawing chaos management there's...


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Flight Control HD, $4.99 - The original Flight Control for the iPhone was a runaway classic, and I expect the iPad version to see the same success. Along with the HD upgrade comes even more maps, two player mode, and other fun stuff. Honestly, Harbor Master HD and Flight Control HD are both worth owning, and each game serves as a fantastic example of how to do a great job in taking a solid gameplay concept for the iPhone and making it even better on the iPad. I can't say enough good things about both games.


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Azkend HD, $4.99 - The original Azkend I think is the only puzzle game for the iPhone that I completely beat. The control mechanic employed is this neat mixture of matching and line drawing, which you can read all about in the review of the iPhone version. I really, really liked Azkend, and am more than a little disappointed that it doesn't seem that the HD upgrade brings much new to the table. The art definitely looks amazing at 1024x768, but if you're like me and have already annihilated Azkend on the iPhone you can probably skip the iPad version. If this is the first you've heard of Azkend, then the iPad version is fantastic.

Dual Stick Shooters

We've tried both Geometry Wars ($9.99) and Mini Gore HD ($4.99) and so far, we're not crazy about the feel of dual stick shooters on the iPad. We're not sure if there's a learning curve that we have to master, but it comes as a surprise given how naturally suited they were on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Geometry Wars looks and sounds great, but I couldn't get out my mind the thought that I'd rather be playing it on my iPhone. We'll spend more time with these and more titles and let you know our final conclusion

Positioning

Perhaps related to the dual stick shooter feel is that with the iPad I'm far more aware of my position and how I'm holding the device. Whether in my lap, or on the couch or holding it up, I've had to consciously juggle it around more than my iPhone due to the increased heft. In the long run, this may affect the type of games I want to be playing on it.

Tower Defense Games

So far every tower defense game I've tried has seemed to be absolutely perfect for the iPad. The HD upgrades also look beautiful.

The Creeps HD, $3.99 and Fieldrunners for iPad, $7.99 have controls that work great with the device, and panning around the map is a thing of the past with the iPad.

...Stay tuned for even more game impressions

  • Deewin

    Surprisingly the first iPad app I want to get is Words with Friends HD and I'm a bit surprised that it costs 4.99. Yes it's totally worth it but the free option aspect is what makes it appealing for me to enjoy with my friends who don't really buy many apps :-D

  • Deewin

    Surprisingly the first iPad app I want to get is Words with Friends HD and I'm a bit surprised that it costs 4.99. Yes it's totally worth it but the free option aspect is what makes it appealing for me to enjoy with my friends who don't really buy many apps :-D

  • http://Musicgamespickles.blogspot.com Robert M.

    Keep the updates coming! I just got my iPad and I need to know what's worth picking up! Even though I already blindly picked up Mirror's Edge haha

    • beetle004

      So how's mirror's edge ??

      • coobear

        SWEET! Definitely worth the money...

  • http://Musicgamespickles.blogspot.com Robert M.

    Keep the updates coming! I just got my iPad and I need to know what's worth picking up! Even though I already blindly picked up Mirror's Edge haha

    • beetle004

      So how's mirror's edge ??

      • coobear

        SWEET! Definitely worth the money...

  • http://www.swiftfoxsoftware.com Jason C.

    For Geometry Wars did you try reducing the range of the virtual joysticks? I thought the same thing at first until I made them smaller. The bezel on the bottom definitely gives them a different feel though.

  • http://www.swiftfoxsoftware.com Jason C.

    For Geometry Wars did you try reducing the range of the virtual joysticks? I thought the same thing at first until I made them smaller. The bezel on the bottom definitely gives them a different feel though.

  • dumas1000

    This is exactly what I said the day ipad specs first came out. The distance in-between each hand on each side of the ipad would make button and virtual analog games feel uncomfortable. There is too much space to have buttons located on every side of the screen at the same time. I've got a button on the left edge, a button on the right edge, a button up top, a button down below. It'll feel combersome and unnatural trying to cover that much space.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com Scott

      I think anyone who was able to see through the hype, or get past their Apple fanboyism, would see there'd be some big problems in playing certain types of games.

      iPad price aside, the game prices are higher; it's heavier, bulkier; too much space around the screen. And while it's cool to be able to hold it like a steering wheel for a racing game how long can someone do that before their arms get tired? How comfortable will it be to hold when playing a dual action shooter? I can't imagine keeping it on my and doing that.

      Once the new car smell of having an iPad evaporates, I'd bet a lot of people will go back to their iPhones and Touches to play most games-leaving the iPad for more suitable tasks-web surfing, ebooks etc.

      • spiffyone

        And the people who do go back to their iPhone/touch devices will most likely be those who make up the younger sector of the consumer market, those who bought into hype and forgot how high they hold things like true mobility and a low price point that matches their perceived value of a device for what they'd use it most for (music, gaming, occasional social networking updates, entertainment apps). That will leave behind what I gather will amount to be the larger iPad owner group anyway, those consumers who skew older and are far less interested in games than the younger (teens to young adults) "core" gamer market.

        So, yeah...it'll be used mainly for e-books and browsing the web and some productivity stuff. Games won't be a "big" market on iPad as it is with iPhone/touch for that very reason.

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        >> Once the new car smell of having an iPad evaporates, I'd bet a lot of people will go back to their iPhones and Touches to play most games-leaving the iPad for more suitable tasks-web surfing, ebooks etc.

        I'll take that bet. How much? I like free money.

      • JCat

        "Once the new car smell of having an iPad evaporates I bet a lot of people will go back to their iPhones and Touches to play most games-leaving the iPad for more suitable tasks-web surfing, ebooks etc."

        Quite the opposite; when loading up even the older apps on the ipad, it's like taking off broken sunglasses compared to its smaller counterparts. All the tiny-ass details that you couldn't always see too well, are big and bold. I'm now playing games that I didn't bother with on the touch, due to the size and frustration of having my thumbs taking up 50% of the screen, or text displays with 16 year old eyes in mind. Oh, and like I mentioned, these are just the OLD apps. The newer apps made exclusively for ipad, including the jacked up rez versions are even WAY more impressive. I cannot imagine playing with an itouch game at home when the ipad is in my possession. Seriously, no contest -forget even trying.

        The itouch will now be strictly used for music at the gym, and short bursts of game-playing while waiting on-line at the post office. The iPad will be used to play games, web surfing, email, and the tons of other things it does so damn well.

        (I don't own a mac by the way - still a PC user).

      • Mystic

        Too much space around the screen? Give me a break! Have you even used one?? Guess what, I have one and there is not enough bezel around the screen IMO!!!

  • dumas1000

    This is exactly what I said the day ipad specs first came out. The distance in-between each hand on each side of the ipad would make button and virtual analog games feel uncomfortable. There is too much space to have buttons located on every side of the screen at the same time. I've got a button on the left edge, a button on the right edge, a button up top, a button down below. It'll feel combersome and unnatural trying to cover that much space.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com Scott

      I think anyone who was able to see through the hype, or get past their Apple fanboyism, would see there'd be some big problems in playing certain types of games.

      iPad price aside, the game prices are higher; it's heavier, bulkier; too much space around the screen. And while it's cool to be able to hold it like a steering wheel for a racing game how long can someone do that before their arms get tired? How comfortable will it be to hold when playing a dual action shooter? I can't imagine keeping it on my and doing that.

      Once the new car smell of having an iPad evaporates, I'd bet a lot of people will go back to their iPhones and Touches to play most games-leaving the iPad for more suitable tasks-web surfing, ebooks etc.

      • spiffyone

        And the people who do go back to their iPhone/touch devices will most likely be those who make up the younger sector of the consumer market, those who bought into hype and forgot how high they hold things like true mobility and a low price point that matches their perceived value of a device for what they'd use it most for (music, gaming, occasional social networking updates, entertainment apps). That will leave behind what I gather will amount to be the larger iPad owner group anyway, those consumers who skew older and are far less interested in games than the younger (teens to young adults) "core" gamer market.

        So, yeah...it'll be used mainly for e-books and browsing the web and some productivity stuff. Games won't be a "big" market on iPad as it is with iPhone/touch for that very reason.

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        >> Once the new car smell of having an iPad evaporates, I'd bet a lot of people will go back to their iPhones and Touches to play most games-leaving the iPad for more suitable tasks-web surfing, ebooks etc.

        I'll take that bet. How much? I like free money.

      • JCat

        "Once the new car smell of having an iPad evaporates I bet a lot of people will go back to their iPhones and Touches to play most games-leaving the iPad for more suitable tasks-web surfing, ebooks etc."

        Quite the opposite; when loading up even the older apps on the ipad, it's like taking off broken sunglasses compared to its smaller counterparts. All the tiny-ass details that you couldn't always see too well, are big and bold. I'm now playing games that I didn't bother with on the touch, due to the size and frustration of having my thumbs taking up 50% of the screen, or text displays with 16 year old eyes in mind. Oh, and like I mentioned, these are just the OLD apps. The newer apps made exclusively for ipad, including the jacked up rez versions are even WAY more impressive. I cannot imagine playing with an itouch game at home when the ipad is in my possession. Seriously, no contest -forget even trying.

        The itouch will now be strictly used for music at the gym, and short bursts of game-playing while waiting on-line at the post office. The iPad will be used to play games, web surfing, email, and the tons of other things it does so damn well.

        (I don't own a mac by the way - still a PC user).

      • Mystic

        Too much space around the screen? Give me a break! Have you even used one?? Guess what, I have one and there is not enough bezel around the screen IMO!!!

  • http://www.touchwire.net Graeme

    I have to say racing while turning the iPad sounds quite awesome but I also am curious as to the fatigue that will be inherent in playing games on an iPad. Deal killer?

    • Dan

      Maybe some company will come up with a steering wheel that will hold the iPad. It could be on a stand, which could be put on a table or between your legs when sitting down. Come to think of it, people may want this device for everyday use!

      • Matt

        Or maybe just a way to attach it to your car steering wheel so you can play while you drive:D

    • JCat

      Quite easy to play if you sit in a chair with arm rests..problem solved. Seriously, not bad at all -- but I would not hold my arms straight out like those goofy videos show.

  • http://www.touchwire.net Graeme

    I have to say racing while turning the iPad sounds quite awesome but I also am curious as to the fatigue that will be inherent in playing games on an iPad. Deal killer?

    • Dan

      Maybe some company will come up with a steering wheel that will hold the iPad. It could be on a stand, which could be put on a table or between your legs when sitting down. Come to think of it, people may want this device for everyday use!

      • Matt

        Or maybe just a way to attach it to your car steering wheel so you can play while you drive:D

    • JCat

      Quite easy to play if you sit in a chair with arm rests..problem solved. Seriously, not bad at all -- but I would not hold my arms straight out like those goofy videos show.

  • Clara

    How long until games come out with the ipad as screen and the iPhone as controller, eh? That would be really slick.

    • spiffyone

      How would that be "slick"?

      How large a consumer base is even going to own BOTH sets of devices instead of picking one or the other, especially since they do many of the same things already? How many devs are going to bother to support such an option if the entry barrier is high?

      And what is it with the idea of the iPad being used "at home"? Why not root for Apple to make a device that you can hook up to your HDTV (hey, bigger screen sizes and true HD!)? Oh, wait...they already have that device but they've gimped it due to bad hardware and not opening the SDK ala iPhone/touch. Because, to Steve Jobs, it's just a "hobby" >_>

      • Alex

        Wow are you serious? Just do a quick Google search like I did and you'll find that as of June 2009, 40 million iPhones and Touches had been sold. I just read an article the other day how the iPad was projected to reach that range by the end of 2012 (and this wasn't an in-house Apple report). Is that a big enough consumer base for you?

        Get over the fact that Steve Jobs didn't make your dream product already. For every 1 nerd he pisses off, he's going to sell to 10 mainstream users. What an idiot! My parents, in their late 50s, are talking about getting one, and sorry--they don't care about an HD out or a camera (and they'd probably think that Flash has to do with the camera). Get past the nerd rage and you'll find a product that is fantastic at what it does, all for a great price.

    • darwiniandude

      Scrabble uses iPhones as controllers for the iPad version, I think "The Pinball" guys will do it as I use my iPhone as a remote for pinball on the iMac. Probably not a major demographic anyway but only two of my friends don't have iPhones, and my younger relatives all have iPod Touches. So the iPad is probably going to be the main screen for multiplayer type games. I don't think there will be too many single player titles that use both devices at once.

  • Clara

    How long until games come out with the ipad as screen and the iPhone as controller, eh? That would be really slick.

    • spiffyone

      How would that be "slick"?

      How large a consumer base is even going to own BOTH sets of devices instead of picking one or the other, especially since they do many of the same things already? How many devs are going to bother to support such an option if the entry barrier is high?

      And what is it with the idea of the iPad being used "at home"? Why not root for Apple to make a device that you can hook up to your HDTV (hey, bigger screen sizes and true HD!)? Oh, wait...they already have that device but they've gimped it due to bad hardware and not opening the SDK ala iPhone/touch. Because, to Steve Jobs, it's just a "hobby" >_>

      • Alex

        Wow are you serious? Just do a quick Google search like I did and you'll find that as of June 2009, 40 million iPhones and Touches had been sold. I just read an article the other day how the iPad was projected to reach that range by the end of 2012 (and this wasn't an in-house Apple report). Is that a big enough consumer base for you?

        Get over the fact that Steve Jobs didn't make your dream product already. For every 1 nerd he pisses off, he's going to sell to 10 mainstream users. What an idiot! My parents, in their late 50s, are talking about getting one, and sorry--they don't care about an HD out or a camera (and they'd probably think that Flash has to do with the camera). Get past the nerd rage and you'll find a product that is fantastic at what it does, all for a great price.

    • darwiniandude

      Scrabble uses iPhones as controllers for the iPad version, I think "The Pinball" guys will do it as I use my iPhone as a remote for pinball on the iMac. Probably not a major demographic anyway but only two of my friends don't have iPhones, and my younger relatives all have iPod Touches. So the iPad is probably going to be the main screen for multiplayer type games. I don't think there will be too many single player titles that use both devices at once.

  • Charles

    I disagree on the dual joysticks -- iPad apps with dual joysticks are comfortable. Minigore was not bad at all -- I thought that they handled it quite well and it fit comfortably. Older iPhone apps with screen doubling and dual joysticks have some scaling issues, however.

    As for the weight or bezel getting in the way of gaming... after 6 hours with my iPad, I can definitely say that these things don't seem to be issues at all.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com Tim

      How's that kool aid taste?

      • MissAlexis

        I actually agree with Charles. The problem with Geometry Wars, although it has some limited configurability, is that the virtual stick doesn't track your finger as it slides around, like for example Isotope does. It does track if you *lift* and then set the finger back down, but this is far from ideal, IMHO.

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        Absolutely delicious, thanks!

        I'm gaming the shit out of my iPad right now.

  • Charles

    I disagree on the dual joysticks -- iPad apps with dual joysticks are comfortable. Minigore was not bad at all -- I thought that they handled it quite well and it fit comfortably. Older iPhone apps with screen doubling and dual joysticks have some scaling issues, however.

    As for the weight or bezel getting in the way of gaming... after 6 hours with my iPad, I can definitely say that these things don't seem to be issues at all.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com Tim

      How's that kool aid taste?

      • MissAlexis

        I actually agree with Charles. The problem with Geometry Wars, although it has some limited configurability, is that the virtual stick doesn't track your finger as it slides around, like for example Isotope does. It does track if you *lift* and then set the finger back down, but this is far from ideal, IMHO.

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        Absolutely delicious, thanks!

        I'm gaming the shit out of my iPad right now.

  • Rudi

    There should have been the possibility to place
    buttons in the frame.
    And racing games should have touch control,
    because its impossible to play racers for a long
    time with that heavy ipad.
    Games like sky force should be controlled
    perfectly with just swiping around the screen.

  • Rudi

    There should have been the possibility to place
    buttons in the frame.
    And racing games should have touch control,
    because its impossible to play racers for a long
    time with that heavy ipad.
    Games like sky force should be controlled
    perfectly with just swiping around the screen.

  • dumas1000

    At the point in which we reach thousands of games in the ipad AppStore, which will happen eventually (not on day 1, of course) with these price increases, people will not be able to buy nearly as many apps with the same amount of money. People will have wish lists that are 2 or 3 times larger than their iPod touch or iPhone wish list. The market will become oversaturated with apps that people simply cannot afford, even if they want them. A market (the Apple AppStore market, specifically) that allows open competition to this degree cannot sustain itself over the long haul at these prices. Too many apps will go unsold and the market will destabilize and the bottom will drop out.

    Mark my words. Devs want to be able to charge higher rates on average for ipad games, and, in a vaccum, perhaps they should be able to, but in a free economy market supply & demand will push these prices down to the same level as the iPhone. Devs will get nervous and they will race to the bottom.

    The only way for Apple to stabilize the AppStore economy is for them to significantly limit the amount of Apps available.

    In other words, for all those early adapters out there, you are throwing your money away on vastly overpriced crap. In a year, prices on all new releases will be slashed at least in half

  • dumas1000

    At the point in which we reach thousands of games in the ipad AppStore, which will happen eventually (not on day 1, of course) with these price increases, people will not be able to buy nearly as many apps with the same amount of money. People will have wish lists that are 2 or 3 times larger than their iPod touch or iPhone wish list. The market will become oversaturated with apps that people simply cannot afford, even if they want them. A market (the Apple AppStore market, specifically) that allows open competition to this degree cannot sustain itself over the long haul at these prices. Too many apps will go unsold and the market will destabilize and the bottom will drop out.

    Mark my words. Devs want to be able to charge higher rates on average for ipad games, and, in a vaccum, perhaps they should be able to, but in a free economy market supply & demand will push these prices down to the same level as the iPhone. Devs will get nervous and they will race to the bottom.

    The only way for Apple to stabilize the AppStore economy is for them to significantly limit the amount of Apps available.

    In other words, for all those early adapters out there, you are throwing your money away on vastly overpriced crap. In a year, prices on all new releases will be slashed at least in half

  • Boybe

    For when you get to hockey games, I'm finding Ice Wars a lot of fun. I'm not sure if it'll become boring though. It doesn't use the touch screen for anything more than positioning within the game, so the larger screen is a benefit.

  • Boybe

    For when you get to hockey games, I'm finding Ice Wars a lot of fun. I'm not sure if it'll become boring though. It doesn't use the touch screen for anything more than positioning within the game, so the larger screen is a benefit.

  • MrMuesli

    The comment on Positioning sort of confirmed my thoughts, especially as you then continued to praise TD games. In fact all games that you can simply sit on the table will of course be perfect. Games you have to hold up for any length of time are clearly going to be uncomfortable. I don't need one in my hands to know that, no matter how much Apple would have me think otherwise...

  • MrMuesli

    The comment on Positioning sort of confirmed my thoughts, especially as you then continued to praise TD games. In fact all games that you can simply sit on the table will of course be perfect. Games you have to hold up for any length of time are clearly going to be uncomfortable. I don't need one in my hands to know that, no matter how much Apple would have me think otherwise...

  • rafael

    AND WHERE IS GEOMETRY WARS ?? ARE U GUYS CRAZY TO NOT TALK ABOUT THIS GAME ? THE BEST ONE SO FAR FOR IPAD.

    • Boybe

      Geometry Wars is mentioned in the article. Try pressing command+f, then typing 'geometry'.

  • rafael

    AND WHERE IS GEOMETRY WARS ?? ARE U GUYS CRAZY TO NOT TALK ABOUT THIS GAME ? THE BEST ONE SO FAR FOR IPAD.

    • Boybe

      Geometry Wars is mentioned in the article. Try pressing command+f, then typing 'geometry'.

  • Matt

    Mirror's edge impressions please!

  • Matt

    Mirror's edge impressions please!

  • beetle004

    Eli can you pls review or atleast post first impressions abt. games like mirror's edge , command and conquer HD and skies of glory HD ??

  • beetle004

    Eli can you pls review or atleast post first impressions abt. games like mirror's edge , command and conquer HD and skies of glory HD ??

  • blackHorse

    FYI, 1920x1080 would be FULL HD... 1024x768 is lowres from the 90's...

    • http://www.northernbytes.ca Philly

      Maybe I can get used to it, but playing racing games using the accelerometer felt clumsy because of the weight.

    • Sticktron

      1280x720 is a modern day HD format, so you're kinda wrong.

      • doozer

        No he's not wrong, as he stated it was FULL HD which it is by industry standards. 1280x720 is also 'HD' yes but not FULL HD. It's just another resolution that was branded as such.

        For sure though 1024x768 is NOT HD. It's just a higher resolution than the touch/phone. Tacking on 'HD' to all these games shows a distinct lack of imagination, a knack for marketing to the dumb masses and complete BS.

        I've been playing games in 1024x768 since .. well 12 years ago at least, it's a fine res btw esp on a smaller screen like the iPad - resolution is only part of it, the other is DOT PITCH (resolution to physical screen size) and as the iPad is relatively small for it's resolution, it will indeed look kinda sparkly n shiny to the newbs. :)

        The new windows phone 7 (due end of year) is 800x480 - on a screen the size that those phones are it will look nice 'n sharp (well the HD2 does it already and some other phones). Then iPod/iPhone 4G updates are bringing in higher res too.. what are devs going to call apps for THOSE phones/touches? mini-HD? kinda-HD?

        It was DUMB to ever tack HD onto a game in the first place, fine on Xbox360 (at a certified HD res of 1280x720) for ex but just making a rod for their own backs when they go 'higher again'

        "Flight Control iPad" probably doesn't sound quite as glamorous to rabid customers, but would have made far more sense to the intelligent.

  • blackHorse

    FYI, 1920x1080 would be FULL HD... 1024x768 is lowres from the 90's...

    • http://www.northernbytes.ca Philly

      Maybe I can get used to it, but playing racing games using the accelerometer felt clumsy because of the weight.

    • Sticktron

      1280x720 is a modern day HD format, so you're kinda wrong.

      • doozer

        No he's not wrong, as he stated it was FULL HD which it is by industry standards. 1280x720 is also 'HD' yes but not FULL HD. It's just another resolution that was branded as such.

        For sure though 1024x768 is NOT HD. It's just a higher resolution than the touch/phone. Tacking on 'HD' to all these games shows a distinct lack of imagination, a knack for marketing to the dumb masses and complete BS.

        I've been playing games in 1024x768 since .. well 12 years ago at least, it's a fine res btw esp on a smaller screen like the iPad - resolution is only part of it, the other is DOT PITCH (resolution to physical screen size) and as the iPad is relatively small for it's resolution, it will indeed look kinda sparkly n shiny to the newbs. :)

        The new windows phone 7 (due end of year) is 800x480 - on a screen the size that those phones are it will look nice 'n sharp (well the HD2 does it already and some other phones). Then iPod/iPhone 4G updates are bringing in higher res too.. what are devs going to call apps for THOSE phones/touches? mini-HD? kinda-HD?

        It was DUMB to ever tack HD onto a game in the first place, fine on Xbox360 (at a certified HD res of 1280x720) for ex but just making a rod for their own backs when they go 'higher again'

        "Flight Control iPad" probably doesn't sound quite as glamorous to rabid customers, but would have made far more sense to the intelligent.

  • Franco

    I have the ipad and it rocks.

    All you naysayers are dismissing the future of personal entertainment and communication.

    We have purchased over 25 ipad apps in last 2 days. EVERYTHING is better on the pad vs the phone or pod (we have GS versions of both).
    Better screen, better sound, smoother movement, etc.. Games, videos, books, newspaers, email all are better on the ipad. Period.

    That is my educated first day analysis.

    • Rosh

      That's not the point. Can you really say that iPad will replace your iPhone? Can you put it in you pocket and carry with you? Can you make phone calls with it?
      Okay, maybe the iPad isn't meant to be carried around. Maybe it belongs to the house. But then again you could buy a high-end PC for the same price. Or a notebook, or an x-box, or a PS3. They are all cheaper and more useful than the iPad.
      I just don't get the hype behind iPad. It seems to fill the gap between iPhones/iPods and laptops but it's a gap thad doesn't need filling.

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        This replace-the-phone argument is a non-starter. I have a MacBook, an iPhone, and an iPad. I also have an Xbox 360 and a DS. I also have a bike and roller skates. I also have a skateboard. And a car. I also own a soccer ball and... GET THIS... a tennis racket. How's that for crazy? I also own cinnamon and pepper and thyme and curry. FOUR KINDS OF SPICES! Probably more. I can go check my spice rack, if you want. I also have three flavors of juice in my refrigerator. There's beer in there two. And milk. I usually don't put them all in my mouth at the same time, but I guess I could, if I wanted to.

        I also walk and chew gum. In addition to legs, I have arms. And yet neither my legs nor my arms have caused me to regret having lips or ears.

        What freaking universe do people live in where they have to reduce their entire existence to a bucket of tap water and a single slice of unadorned white bread?

    • Boybe

      I actually could see people carrying this around, it's certainly smaller than most magazines and not a great deal bigger than a paperback. That said, it fails the pocket test on not being foldable.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        I carried it around all day today. The Apple case makes it nice and easy and barely bulkier. Sure it's not as nice as throw it in your pocket and forget about it, but hasn't anyone carried around a notebook before? Is it that cumbersome? For me, at least, it's completely worth toting for that large screen interface.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Above: by "notebook" I mean spiral notebook. :)

    • doozer

      The iPad will NEVER replace my phone.

      The iPad will NEVER replace my PMP (iPod Touch) - small for a reason. Who is seriously going to use an iPad as music player if they have an iPod dock and can take the pod with them EVERYWHERE (can't use iPad in a gym for ex)

      The iPad will never replace my notebook/laptop (apart from the fact it's not even a serious computer and you can't actually do 'that much' productivity on it - it's completely unergonomic and would be a pain to use for any serious development/editing)

      The iPad will never replace my PS3 (come on, it's NEVER going to get games like 'Uncharted 2' for ex)

      The iPad will never replace my Desktop PC - which frankly rocks and runs uber high res, gazillions of polys a second with all the latest graphical trickery + has decades of games old and new + all the serious software like DAWs, Art programs, 3D rendering etc

      The iPad is simply not a substitute for ANYTHING. the Ipod is a substitute for a CD player/hi fi/walkman and is brilliant at it - hence it's success.

      The iPhone is a 'sub' for well a PHONE and a music player.

      Phone/Pod can also do very well with portable apps - apps the transform this cool little hand held device into everything from an IN car dyno meter to handy to do list, from a portable arcade to personal video device.

      That is why they are great products, that is why the were a success.

      The iPad is merely, at best, a nice addition to ALL those other 'essential' items. It is not in itself essential and in fact is flawed in many areas where other products do the job better, for less and with ease.

      Sorry but the iPad is merely a cool gadget, sure it will shift units but it's never going to have the kind of mass market appeal/break through that the phone and iPod had, it's simply not an 'answer' to any logical question. Isn't that obvious?

      Hey I'd love to have an iPad here now, to dick around with but I really can't say i'd use it more than my iPod touch - the iPod is mainly purely due to it's size and features... it's small screen isn't great for everything (some games/the net) but I have MUCH BETTER devices already to do games/net on...

      It boils down to the iPad pretty much being a gadget only for those with money to burn and mainly for reading books/comics and browsing the net... and of course the lack of flash here again is a very unfortunate downside to what is really one of iPad's only real tangible uses (a portable and slick web browser).

      Honestly Steve Jobbs could stick his apple logo on a turd and fashion led folks would buy it and declare magical and revolutionary.

      I don't much like Apple, because they hoodwink the less clued up in society with glossy products and 'one up' advertising (the PC v Mac adverts are an embarrassment to anyone over the age of 13, especially those who know the reality)... and yet i bought an iPod touch (even though it's by far not the best quality audio player) I bought it because it's a product that gets almost everything right, even with it's flaws. The iPad on the other hand gets almost everything WRONG but the things it does do nicely are 'shiny' enough to wow a gullible crowd.

  • Franco

    I have the ipad and it rocks.

    All you naysayers are dismissing the future of personal entertainment and communication.

    We have purchased over 25 ipad apps in last 2 days. EVERYTHING is better on the pad vs the phone or pod (we have GS versions of both).
    Better screen, better sound, smoother movement, etc.. Games, videos, books, newspaers, email all are better on the ipad. Period.

    That is my educated first day analysis.

    • Rosh

      That's not the point. Can you really say that iPad will replace your iPhone? Can you put it in you pocket and carry with you? Can you make phone calls with it?
      Okay, maybe the iPad isn't meant to be carried around. Maybe it belongs to the house. But then again you could buy a high-end PC for the same price. Or a notebook, or an x-box, or a PS3. They are all cheaper and more useful than the iPad.
      I just don't get the hype behind iPad. It seems to fill the gap between iPhones/iPods and laptops but it's a gap thad doesn't need filling.

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        This replace-the-phone argument is a non-starter. I have a MacBook, an iPhone, and an iPad. I also have an Xbox 360 and a DS. I also have a bike and roller skates. I also have a skateboard. And a car. I also own a soccer ball and... GET THIS... a tennis racket. How's that for crazy? I also own cinnamon and pepper and thyme and curry. FOUR KINDS OF SPICES! Probably more. I can go check my spice rack, if you want. I also have three flavors of juice in my refrigerator. There's beer in there two. And milk. I usually don't put them all in my mouth at the same time, but I guess I could, if I wanted to.

        I also walk and chew gum. In addition to legs, I have arms. And yet neither my legs nor my arms have caused me to regret having lips or ears.

        What freaking universe do people live in where they have to reduce their entire existence to a bucket of tap water and a single slice of unadorned white bread?

    • Boybe

      I actually could see people carrying this around, it's certainly smaller than most magazines and not a great deal bigger than a paperback. That said, it fails the pocket test on not being foldable.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        I carried it around all day today. The Apple case makes it nice and easy and barely bulkier. Sure it's not as nice as throw it in your pocket and forget about it, but hasn't anyone carried around a notebook before? Is it that cumbersome? For me, at least, it's completely worth toting for that large screen interface.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Above: by "notebook" I mean spiral notebook. :)

    • doozer

      The iPad will NEVER replace my phone.

      The iPad will NEVER replace my PMP (iPod Touch) - small for a reason. Who is seriously going to use an iPad as music player if they have an iPod dock and can take the pod with them EVERYWHERE (can't use iPad in a gym for ex)

      The iPad will never replace my notebook/laptop (apart from the fact it's not even a serious computer and you can't actually do 'that much' productivity on it - it's completely unergonomic and would be a pain to use for any serious development/editing)

      The iPad will never replace my PS3 (come on, it's NEVER going to get games like 'Uncharted 2' for ex)

      The iPad will never replace my Desktop PC - which frankly rocks and runs uber high res, gazillions of polys a second with all the latest graphical trickery + has decades of games old and new + all the serious software like DAWs, Art programs, 3D rendering etc

      The iPad is simply not a substitute for ANYTHING. the Ipod is a substitute for a CD player/hi fi/walkman and is brilliant at it - hence it's success.

      The iPhone is a 'sub' for well a PHONE and a music player.

      Phone/Pod can also do very well with portable apps - apps the transform this cool little hand held device into everything from an IN car dyno meter to handy to do list, from a portable arcade to personal video device.

      That is why they are great products, that is why the were a success.

      The iPad is merely, at best, a nice addition to ALL those other 'essential' items. It is not in itself essential and in fact is flawed in many areas where other products do the job better, for less and with ease.

      Sorry but the iPad is merely a cool gadget, sure it will shift units but it's never going to have the kind of mass market appeal/break through that the phone and iPod had, it's simply not an 'answer' to any logical question. Isn't that obvious?

      Hey I'd love to have an iPad here now, to dick around with but I really can't say i'd use it more than my iPod touch - the iPod is mainly purely due to it's size and features... it's small screen isn't great for everything (some games/the net) but I have MUCH BETTER devices already to do games/net on...

      It boils down to the iPad pretty much being a gadget only for those with money to burn and mainly for reading books/comics and browsing the net... and of course the lack of flash here again is a very unfortunate downside to what is really one of iPad's only real tangible uses (a portable and slick web browser).

      Honestly Steve Jobbs could stick his apple logo on a turd and fashion led folks would buy it and declare magical and revolutionary.

      I don't much like Apple, because they hoodwink the less clued up in society with glossy products and 'one up' advertising (the PC v Mac adverts are an embarrassment to anyone over the age of 13, especially those who know the reality)... and yet i bought an iPod touch (even though it's by far not the best quality audio player) I bought it because it's a product that gets almost everything right, even with it's flaws. The iPad on the other hand gets almost everything WRONG but the things it does do nicely are 'shiny' enough to wow a gullible crowd.

  • Bruno

    IPhone games are almost unplayable with the iPad.

    So prepare your wallets, the games ipad only that I tested were excellent.

    Cheers,

    Bruno

    • Franco

      Why are they unplayable Bruno, mine run perfect

      • Boybe

        I'm finding those that rely on the accelerometer more tiring than usual and those with on-screen controls a bit less ergonomic. Reaching in to the joystick on GTA and then moving my thumb the correct sort of distances (double the iPhone) is certainly a hindrance.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Sure, some games are going to feel completely wrong, but others run perfectly. For instance, Color Bind was a big hit today when showing off the iPad and it doesn't have an iPad specific version yet.

      • MrMuesli

        Aaron - Which makes me wonder why on earth Apple decided to show off the iPad at the start with games such as Nova and NFS?? Is it a case of 'more adrenaline, more money'?

  • Bruno

    IPhone games are almost unplayable with the iPad.

    So prepare your wallets, the games ipad only that I tested were excellent.

    Cheers,

    Bruno

    • Franco

      Why are they unplayable Bruno, mine run perfect

      • Boybe

        I'm finding those that rely on the accelerometer more tiring than usual and those with on-screen controls a bit less ergonomic. Reaching in to the joystick on GTA and then moving my thumb the correct sort of distances (double the iPhone) is certainly a hindrance.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Sure, some games are going to feel completely wrong, but others run perfectly. For instance, Color Bind was a big hit today when showing off the iPad and it doesn't have an iPad specific version yet.

      • MrMuesli

        Aaron - Which makes me wonder why on earth Apple decided to show off the iPad at the start with games such as Nova and NFS?? Is it a case of 'more adrenaline, more money'?

  • Franco

    Yes, it will replace the phone and pod for gaming and entertainment, no doubt. We are going out of town in 2 weeks and the pad is going with us.

    As far as high end pc (not sure about buying one for price of a pad) and laptop, we also have both of those but this device is different. Pc and laptop takes 30-90 secs to get to an app from cold boot - ipad about 3 secs. Much more and quicker accessibility than those 2.

  • Franco

    Yes, it will replace the phone and pod for gaming and entertainment, no doubt. We are going out of town in 2 weeks and the pad is going with us.

    As far as high end pc (not sure about buying one for price of a pad) and laptop, we also have both of those but this device is different. Pc and laptop takes 30-90 secs to get to an app from cold boot - ipad about 3 secs. Much more and quicker accessibility than those 2.

  • Jay

    I was so skeptical of the iPad, until I played with one today. I'm not sure how it will be for games, but it's an amazing device in general. Even though I knew what it would be like before I used it, something clicked for me when I actually held it in my hands and used it.

    It's one of the coolest devices I've ever seen.

    • MrMuesli

      Were you in an Apple store? Maybe the 'click' was one of the staff putting you into a hypnotic trance.

  • Jay

    I was so skeptical of the iPad, until I played with one today. I'm not sure how it will be for games, but it's an amazing device in general. Even though I knew what it would be like before I used it, something clicked for me when I actually held it in my hands and used it.

    It's one of the coolest devices I've ever seen.

    • MrMuesli

      Were you in an Apple store? Maybe the 'click' was one of the staff putting you into a hypnotic trance.

  • ra88it

    Excellent point, MrMuesli. I'm sure that's what it was.

  • ra88it

    Excellent point, MrMuesli. I'm sure that's what it was.

  • Noman

    So, have any of the toucharcade staff ate or gone to the bathroom since they got their ipad's?

  • Noman

    So, have any of the toucharcade staff ate or gone to the bathroom since they got their ipad's?

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    The only one I can vouch for at the moment is Labyrinth 2 HD Lite, which is absolutely a must download for every iPad owner. Turn the volume up all the way, too, to get a little physical nudge from the vibration of the speaker when the ball hits the walls. That surprised me. :)

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    The only one I can vouch for at the moment is Labyrinth 2 HD Lite, which is absolutely a must download for every iPad owner. Turn the volume up all the way, too, to get a little physical nudge from the vibration of the speaker when the ball hits the walls. That surprised me. :)

  • Mel Swelnerinegenen

    Games I bought: Flight Control HD.

    Free games downloaded: Aurora Feint 3, ParaPanic HD, Pocket Legends.

    I'm keen on Galcon, Geometry Wars, and some other $10 apps, but won't be buying them straight away. I want to buy with a little restraint, since these are all early builds. Gonna wait a few weeks to let this stuff shake out. ParaPanic HD, for example, keeps crashing on launch for me. Can't play it. Running the 16 GB iPad version.

    Flight Control HD is fantastic. Totally worth the money or twice as much. Brilliantly simple, elegant, and fun as hell. Firemint has some serious talent in their stable.

    In non-game related app purchases, I pulled the trigger on Elements for $15 and it is well worth the money. I'm probably spending more time on that than any other app. Really cool.

    Loving the streaming on my Netflix account too. Why would anyone keep paying for cable or satellite? Those days are long over for me.

  • Mel Swelnerinegenen

    Games I bought: Flight Control HD.

    Free games downloaded: Aurora Feint 3, ParaPanic HD, Pocket Legends.

    I'm keen on Galcon, Geometry Wars, and some other $10 apps, but won't be buying them straight away. I want to buy with a little restraint, since these are all early builds. Gonna wait a few weeks to let this stuff shake out. ParaPanic HD, for example, keeps crashing on launch for me. Can't play it. Running the 16 GB iPad version.

    Flight Control HD is fantastic. Totally worth the money or twice as much. Brilliantly simple, elegant, and fun as hell. Firemint has some serious talent in their stable.

    In non-game related app purchases, I pulled the trigger on Elements for $15 and it is well worth the money. I'm probably spending more time on that than any other app. Really cool.

    Loving the streaming on my Netflix account too. Why would anyone keep paying for cable or satellite? Those days are long over for me.

  • Mel Swelnerinegenen

    As for gaming on this, I am going to state quite unequivocally that this device is going to take a BIG bite out of the consoles. I know conventional wisdom has this only impacting the portables, but this device can easily be a primary gaming platform. This will damage the DS, erase the PSP, but it's also going to be a first choice over the consoles for many gamers once the devs really start hitting their stride. Kids are going to be asking for an iPad first and a PS3, 360, or Wii, not at all. Scoff if you will. Time will tell.

    • MrMuesli

      And you can tell all that from Flight Control....wow! ; )

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        Games I bought: FC HD. That's not the sum total of the games I PLAYED. Just the ones for which currency changed hands.

    • Franco

      I agree with you Mel. Some will scoff, but time will show.

      I can say without reservation, that the ipad is the premier mobile gaming platform in the world.

    • doozer

      Don't be so ridiculous. Are you aware of the kind of HARDWARE in the iPad? It has it's limits you know. Most of it's extra power btw is being used to push graphics to the higher res screen. You won't see any games much better than the limits already reached on the pod/phone.

      If you seriously thing any kid is going to WANT the pad *INSTEAD OF* an Xbox/PS3 you are frankly deluded. How long have you been around games? I'm 36 now and my first console was the Atari VCS way back in 1980. I've had almost every system ever released and the one thing that keeps driving the industry forward, and the hunger alive (from kids and adults) is pushing of technology and graphical advancement.

      As I've said further up, the iPad is indeed a 'cool' device, but it's not a serious contender for replacing a proper (PROPER HD) console! The reason the phone/pod have done so well is because they are portable (properly, like DS/PSP) and crucially because they were primarily extremely useful devices for another reason (phone - music player). the games/apps are almost a side effect. And I game a lot on my touch (and have PC, PS3, DS - had a 360 but.. it died of course) but I know once I'm ready for a REAL game I get on the PS3 or PC and don't look back!

      Seriously there is only so far you can go with limited control and limited power. No kid is going to want an iPad instead of a PS3 when they see games like Uncharted 2, GT5, God of war 3, final fantasy 13, Heavy Rain... just go look yourself, none of those games are even remotely possible on apples 'pad so stop living a lie and just accept you have a lot of money and you've bought yourself a cool new toy - but it's not a world changer, not by a long shot. The day they can cram in 2x the power of PS3 into a screen sized device will be the day we can say 'that is revolutionary'.

      This is just re selling the same shit to people who've been out of the loop for the last decade.. the rest of us have BEEN THERE and DONE THAT.. all you get is a slick handheld screen and touch control, nothing at all to create compelling games over and above what has already been around for the last 10 years.

      Oh and good luck playing CRYSIS 2 on that iPad... pfffft

  • Mel Swelnerinegenen

    As for gaming on this, I am going to state quite unequivocally that this device is going to take a BIG bite out of the consoles. I know conventional wisdom has this only impacting the portables, but this device can easily be a primary gaming platform. This will damage the DS, erase the PSP, but it's also going to be a first choice over the consoles for many gamers once the devs really start hitting their stride. Kids are going to be asking for an iPad first and a PS3, 360, or Wii, not at all. Scoff if you will. Time will tell.

    • MrMuesli

      And you can tell all that from Flight Control....wow! ; )

      • Mel Swelnerinegenen

        Games I bought: FC HD. That's not the sum total of the games I PLAYED. Just the ones for which currency changed hands.

    • Franco

      I agree with you Mel. Some will scoff, but time will show.

      I can say without reservation, that the ipad is the premier mobile gaming platform in the world.

    • doozer

      Don't be so ridiculous. Are you aware of the kind of HARDWARE in the iPad? It has it's limits you know. Most of it's extra power btw is being used to push graphics to the higher res screen. You won't see any games much better than the limits already reached on the pod/phone.

      If you seriously thing any kid is going to WANT the pad *INSTEAD OF* an Xbox/PS3 you are frankly deluded. How long have you been around games? I'm 36 now and my first console was the Atari VCS way back in 1980. I've had almost every system ever released and the one thing that keeps driving the industry forward, and the hunger alive (from kids and adults) is pushing of technology and graphical advancement.

      As I've said further up, the iPad is indeed a 'cool' device, but it's not a serious contender for replacing a proper (PROPER HD) console! The reason the phone/pod have done so well is because they are portable (properly, like DS/PSP) and crucially because they were primarily extremely useful devices for another reason (phone - music player). the games/apps are almost a side effect. And I game a lot on my touch (and have PC, PS3, DS - had a 360 but.. it died of course) but I know once I'm ready for a REAL game I get on the PS3 or PC and don't look back!

      Seriously there is only so far you can go with limited control and limited power. No kid is going to want an iPad instead of a PS3 when they see games like Uncharted 2, GT5, God of war 3, final fantasy 13, Heavy Rain... just go look yourself, none of those games are even remotely possible on apples 'pad so stop living a lie and just accept you have a lot of money and you've bought yourself a cool new toy - but it's not a world changer, not by a long shot. The day they can cram in 2x the power of PS3 into a screen sized device will be the day we can say 'that is revolutionary'.

      This is just re selling the same shit to people who've been out of the loop for the last decade.. the rest of us have BEEN THERE and DONE THAT.. all you get is a slick handheld screen and touch control, nothing at all to create compelling games over and above what has already been around for the last 10 years.

      Oh and good luck playing CRYSIS 2 on that iPad... pfffft

  • MotorYogurt

    Picked up about 10 games thus far. Impressed all across the board.
    Small Word, is a great little "hot seat" game for playing with my girlfriend. Which is great cause as I awaited my Ipads arrival today, she kept rolling her eyes anytime I mentioned it =)

    So far, all I can say is the Ipad is everything I was hoping for...keep in mind thats with only 3 hours of hands on.

    • Mel Swelnerinegenen

      Better hot seat games to play with the lady, bro.

  • MotorYogurt

    Picked up about 10 games thus far. Impressed all across the board.
    Small Word, is a great little "hot seat" game for playing with my girlfriend. Which is great cause as I awaited my Ipads arrival today, she kept rolling her eyes anytime I mentioned it =)

    So far, all I can say is the Ipad is everything I was hoping for...keep in mind thats with only 3 hours of hands on.

    • Mel Swelnerinegenen

      Better hot seat games to play with the lady, bro.

  • cranker

    Anyone tried Azkend HD ? I heard it was a different version and am disapointed when I hear it's basically the same game. Any comments ?

    • JCat

      It's the same game, just much better looking due to its increased resolution on the ipad. The game was already gorgeous and fun, it didn't need anything else in this particular case to make it that much better. Same with "Sparkle" from the same company.

  • cranker

    Anyone tried Azkend HD ? I heard it was a different version and am disapointed when I hear it's basically the same game. Any comments ?

    • JCat

      It's the same game, just much better looking due to its increased resolution on the ipad. The game was already gorgeous and fun, it didn't need anything else in this particular case to make it that much better. Same with "Sparkle" from the same company.

  • mamak

    anyone ever watched a movie called Idiocracy? Our entire civilization are moving to that when we just can't compare our needs and lust ..

    IPAD is good for the thing it is meant for .. which gaming is not .. thus this article should at least highlight on one proper use of it ..

    • Mel Swelnerinegenen

      Mamak, I am being serious here, so don't take this the wrong way. I really hope English is your second language, because you did a remarkably poor job of explaining your point. Are you saying the iPad is contributing to an overall trend towards global idiocy? Or video gaming? Or what? Your point is not very clear.

      • mamak

        yeah, english is my second, nope, but third language actually ..

        that's not really what I meant .. like I said, IPAD is good for what it is .. you know, for web browsing, watching movies etc ..

        it is us who right now in the brink of idiocy .. we tend to utilize something that not really what it's mean for .. we are like monkey tried to pick our nose with screwdriver and we are happy with it .. I'm sorry it his offend you but that the first example that came into my mind ..

  • mamak

    anyone ever watched a movie called Idiocracy? Our entire civilization are moving to that when we just can't compare our needs and lust ..

    IPAD is good for the thing it is meant for .. which gaming is not .. thus this article should at least highlight on one proper use of it ..

    • Mel Swelnerinegenen

      Mamak, I am being serious here, so don't take this the wrong way. I really hope English is your second language, because you did a remarkably poor job of explaining your point. Are you saying the iPad is contributing to an overall trend towards global idiocy? Or video gaming? Or what? Your point is not very clear.

      • mamak

        yeah, english is my second, nope, but third language actually ..

        that's not really what I meant .. like I said, IPAD is good for what it is .. you know, for web browsing, watching movies etc ..

        it is us who right now in the brink of idiocy .. we tend to utilize something that not really what it's mean for .. we are like monkey tried to pick our nose with screwdriver and we are happy with it .. I'm sorry it his offend you but that the first example that came into my mind ..

  • Mel Swelnerinegenen

    Whoa. How'd my reply get up here? Weird.

  • MrMuesli

    Mamak - I have also seen Idiocracy, and appreciate the analogy very much! But hey, look on the bright side, at least we are still drinking water; )

  • MrMuesli

    Mamak - I have also seen Idiocracy, and appreciate the analogy very much! But hey, look on the bright side, at least we are still drinking water; )

  • Mystic

    @dooze: So by 'industry standards' you mean

    "The AV equipment manufacturing industry has adopted the term Full HD as the consumer-friendly marketing term to mean the set is a safe purchase because it can display all available HD resolutions up to 1080p." (wikipedia)

    That's not really a 'standard'.

    Please stop making crap up as you go along.

  • Mystic

    @dooze: So by 'industry standards' you mean

    "The AV equipment manufacturing industry has adopted the term Full HD as the consumer-friendly marketing term to mean the set is a safe purchase because it can display all available HD resolutions up to 1080p." (wikipedia)

    That's not really a 'standard'.

    Please stop making crap up as you go along.

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    "So close to your face"

    Like, say, a computer monitor?

    Are you actually TRYING to sound ridiculous?

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    "So close to your face"

    Like, say, a computer monitor?

    Are you actually TRYING to sound ridiculous?

  • Altrez

    I got my iPad yesterday in Nashville TN, And i must say that after being in IT for over 20 years this is one of the coolest apple product's I have ever used. It works so well and gaming on it is great.

    Try Resident Evil 4 in a dark room with headphones on! Oh and NFS:Shift is fun as h@#$

    A big two thumbs up from me.

    -Altrez

  • Altrez

    I got my iPad yesterday in Nashville TN, And i must say that after being in IT for over 20 years this is one of the coolest apple product's I have ever used. It works so well and gaming on it is great.

    Try Resident Evil 4 in a dark room with headphones on! Oh and NFS:Shift is fun as h@#$

    A big two thumbs up from me.

    -Altrez

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    Whoa. How'd my reply get up here? Weird.