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Me too. Right now I see a LOT of potential in the device, but until third party developers start making more of those kinds of apps (the Catan iPhone app is a great example), the iPad will just be something I fiddle with when I go into the Apple Store at the mall to look around.
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I like to think of it as something that works in a complementary way with the actual physical version of the game. For example, if you're out with friends or at someone else's home, there's a great ease in pulling out your iPad to play an impromptu game where you don't need to be concerned with setup, a suitably-sized flat surface to play on, or having thought ahead to bring the actual game box with you. Don't finish a game in one sitting? If so, you don't need to worry about leaving the game set up and losing the table to other uses, being worried about someone bumping the table in between sessions, or taking digital photos to try and recreate the progress in a particularly complex board game later (which, in my experience, has meant that the game just gets abandoned instead of finished later). And when the choice is playing an electronic game vs. the computer or not playing at all, it doesn't matter as much if things don't feel quite the same. I like the idea of the two formats existing peacefully, and I imagine that's what will happen. The future seems awesome!
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I don't know about other games, but there IS a Settlers of Catan game for the iPhone (and thus for the iPad as well) that's very satisfying and a good adaptation of the game. It even includes AI opponents with different styles of play and not just different difficulty levels. It's extremely fun, and I can only imagine what an iPad-optimized version would bring to the table (especially since I'm not buying an iPad).
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Happy New Year! I was lucky enough to catch your panel at PAX this year, and it was a wonderful highlight to a great weekend. This year has been fairly up and down for me, but your work throughout the year has made me smile when I needed it, and your year end posts have reminded me that all in all, I'm definitely coming out ahead at the moment. Have a great 2010!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2009 on the 2009 year in review, part six at WWdN: In Exile
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I grew up in the 90s, and got introduced to Star Wars through copies my parents had taped off television in the previous decade. I, along with most of my friends, became a huge fan. Later in the decade, my dad took me to see the reissue of A New Hope in theatres. While the new version wasn't perfect, the excitement of being at the event itself is something I will never forget.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2009 on growing up star wars at WWdN: In Exile
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