Carmak: "Apple isn't serious about iPhone games"
According to John Carmak, Apple is not particularly interested in opening iPhones and iPods to turn them into a platform for mobile gaming. The truth, at least as far as Doom's 'father' opinion is concerned, about the prospect with which Apple looks at the opportunity to make its pocket devices a platform for mobile gaming, in an interview published by GameDaily.
Carmak reveals that he and Jobs had a rather heated discussion during WWDC last July (Carmak was on the spot to demonstrate a new id Software engine) and found they were not exactly aligned on the same positions. 'I have an iPhone – says Carmak – and I would like to develop games for it, but Apple is not taking any steps in this direction.
During WWDC, Carmak told Jobs that the way Apple guides developers to creating iPod games makes the player one of the worst environments for interactive entertainment. They ask to use an emulator; a horrible choice – the interviewee says – and I wanted that, in the event that they had decided to follow the same path with iPhone, at least they realized that a wrong decision. According to Carmak, Apple would not have shown any spectacular signs that games will be an important thing for iPhone next year. Their strategy seems to work from a commercial point of view so I certainly will not insist that they have to rethink because they are fools or idiots who do not consider this strategy. "