Apple Gets in the (Tablet) Game

Rumors of a new tablet computer from Apple

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Word is spreading that Apple will be debuting a tablet computer - ideal for gaming - this fall.  The Telegraph quotes an anonymous analyst who says that the so-called "MacBook Touch" will be like a really big iPod.

"The touch-screen expected to have a 10in touch-screen and be similar in look and feel to a large iPod touch," the Telegraph reports, "Experts expect it to cost around $800 (£500), and to be positioned as a home media hub, capable of streaming content and services in much the same way as Apple TV does, and doubling as a games console."

So what about that last bit - touch-screen gaming.  We've seen a lot of hit-and-miss exploitation of this feature on the iPhone.  The best games - such as Rolando or Dr. Awesome - make the touch-screen an integral, but not gratuitous element of gameplay.  This works for the quickplay experience of mobile games, but what about more robust, long-play computer games?   Do we really want to spend a lot of time sliding our fingers around World of Warcraft?   Won't that get annoying?   I don't think existing titles will be able to simply add touch-screen movement to the action without it feeling lame.  The best titles will be created from the ground up with the touch-screen in mind. 

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