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Angry Birds Developer Calls For Death Of Console Gaming

Angry Birds developer believes mobile gaming will send console gaming six feet under

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Angry Birds Developer Calls For Death Of Console Gaming
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The television was supposed to kill radio. The internet is supposed to stab television in the back. Email is supposedly going to be dead in a few years due to social media. I wonder if Twitter will commit harikari in 2020. What is it with technology and death?

Now, Peter Vesterbacka, business developer lead for Rovio (of Angry Birds fame), has come out to make the bold statement that mobile gaming is causing console gaming to die. He made the statement during the SXSW Conference. Do the numbers back up his statement? Is the 100 million downloads Vesterbacka claims Angry Birds drew in enough to send console gaming the way of the dinosaurs?

Let’s take a look at the cold hard data. For our two samples we’ll look at the immensely popular Angry Birds, and Call of Duty: Black Ops to represent console gaming. Black Ops was the top selling console game of 2010.

We’re going to take the 100 million downloads Rovio is boasting with their title and match it up against the console sales for Black Ops. According to VGChartz, Black Ops sold 11.95 millions copies on the Xbox 360, and 9.6 million copies on the PS3.

According to my handy computer calculator, here’s how the numbers stand against one another (Black Ops sells for $59.99).

Angry Birds revenue – $100 million

Call of Duty: Black Ops revenue – $1.29 billion

Of course the real tell-of-the-tape is with their profit, but unfortunately we don’t have production and publishing costs for both games. However, I would be extremely surprised to learn that Black Op’s production cost so much it earned less than $100 million.

As a gamer for going on two decades, I would have to call Vesterbacka’s words at the very least, reaching, at the most, hyperbole. There’s a good chance Vesterbacka was simply posturing to the crowd, and wanted to create some controversy to attract attention to his game. If so, it worked, I am writing about what he said.

Mobile gaming has definitely changed the landscape of not only gaming but the way we value media. However, the mobile gaming platform isn’t going to cause anything to “die“. It has simply provided us with another way in which to enjoy gaming, and to allow more people to join in on the action.

Different forms of technology will be around as long as they’re useful; after all, I can still go out to my car and listen to the radio.

Angry Birds Developer Calls For Death Of Console Gaming
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  • jacob K

    I thought they where trying to get angry birds on every platform including ps3 and xbox? but I guess if he says I must pick I will uninstall Angry birds. Phones are not at the point where they can play epic games. Games are becoming an art form… And so far games on phones are still a toy.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ John Vinson

      I agree with you to an extent. Though there are some developers who are pushing the boundaries in terms of quality in the mobile space. It’s funny you brought this up, as a I wrote about the quality of iPhone games in a previous article – iPhone Game Developers Releasing Higher Quality Titles

      Even with the increase in quality, I do think the experience you get from a console game is 10x (estimate) what the mobile space is capable of at this point. If games on a mobile device ever do reach console like levels, well, I want that phone.

      After your point about Angry Birds being on consoles, I did a bit of research. Angry Birds is already on the Playstation Network and was the top selling game upon its release.

      • jacob K

        I would say much more than 10X. I have yet to see a game on a smart phone that was able to elicit an emotional response other than mild amusement. I hope the community knocks this 800 lbs gorilla a few pegs. They would not have even half the market they do with out the Console pushing what games and tech can do. Right now I see Rovio as a company that has had some success on a !recycled!(CRUSH THE CASTLE) flash game and now thinks they are a force to be dealt with. They are nothing but a small fish in a big pond that happens to be a bit more shiny then the other small fish.

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