For those who aren't regular industry news readers, there's been quite a bit of discussion over iOS/Android's impact on the video game market. Those such as myself have welcomed the trend, hoping that more accessible titles will serve as a stepping stone to traditional, "hardcore" titles. Even the Big Three console manufacturers have sought to play their hand at more accessible platforms: Microsoft with the Kinect, Sony with the Move (and the Eye Toy before it), and Nintendo - well, they built an entire system with the concept in mind. Still, every now and again the harbinger of doom casts its dark shadow across the infinite gamescape, threatening to drown an industry built on expensive whiz-bangs and $50-60 titles in a sea of cheap, addictive portable titles.
So what are retailers to do, with the specter of casual games hiding in the dark corner of men's souls? Start selling iOS devices. Yes, my pretties, it seems as though Gamestop is preparing to start carrying iPhones, iPods, and iPads. The popular chain has already begun accepting iOS devices for in-store credit - though just between you and me, you're better off selling your iThing on Craigslist. Or eBay. Or pretty much anywhere more upscale than the pawn shop that sells fake Rolex watches and used handguns. In any event, this revelation does give those of the less "financially endowed" class a chance to snatch up a discounted iOS device, thus inviting you to a world of music, video, a flash-less web browsing experience, and all the Angry Birds one could ever hope for.
Sadly, word is that Gamestop will not be carrying the "iPed," nor will the retailer be selling it's signature title, Really Quite Temperamental Birds. I guess a boy can't have it all.