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April 8, 2010 - Dave Hecei

The iPad is definitely a game changer, literally. Gaming is going to be huge on the iPad and those games that take advantage of the touch interface or the accelerometer will do great. The next thing that needs to happen is for Apple to allow, or some third party to figure out, some sort of input system for the iPad.


The iPad does have a keyboard, either with the Apple Keyboard Dock accessory, or by using an Apple or other brand Bluetooth wireless keyboard. If programmers can figure out how to incorporate the keyboard into their games, just watch out. If they can figure out how to add a game controller to the iPad then the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP are dead.


There are so many games out there for the iPhone/Touch, which most of them also work on the iPad. Apple added the ability to run iPhone/Touch Apps on the iPad, even allowing the App to fill the screen. By doing this you get a much larger picture, but since it is just doubling the image you do get some ugly jagged graphics.


Quite a few of these games are being, if not already, updated for the iPad. Some will just be exact copies of the game, just with updated graphics to take advantage of the iPad’s higher resolution. Some games have actually been rewritten specifically for the iPad with extra features and/or updated play. A couple of sites to check out for iPad/iPhone games are: toucharcade, destructoid, and gamepro. You will find news, info, and reviews on iPad games.


The iPad has been benchmarked and it looks like it running just over twice the speed of the latest iPhone, the 3GS. With the faster processor, larger screen, and 10+ hours of battery life, the iPad really is an amazing gaming system. One that can also play movies, surf the web, read E-books, and so much more.


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