Before we start this post, I want to do something a little bit different. See that YouTube link below? Play it, and then read my paragraph below in the most dramatic voice that your internal monologue can muster. I find that having your inner thoughts voiced by Brian Blessed works best for this kind of stuff.
IT IS THE YEAR 2006! Video games are in a period of transition, where publishers are looking to take one of the most valuable forms if entertainment and squeeze more cash out of the people who buy them. And lo, there came Bethesda, with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in one hand and an idea beneath it. It rode on to the fields of business, on a steed that was dressed in the shiniest of armour and was exclusive to those players…Who were willing to pay extra for horse armour.
DRAMATIC MUSIC INTENSIFIES!
You ever wish you could go back to those simpler times? Do you ever sit on your couch, eating Memberberries who ask you if you ‘member The Legend of Zelda and other games that didn’t nickle and dime you? Well Apple wants to go back to those days, as the tech giant held an event last night where they detailed plenty of stuff. Like an Apple credit card and another streaming service, but also more importantly, their own upcoming gaming subscription service. So like, two subscription services, rest in peace my weary wallet.
Called Apple Arcade, the sales pitch for the service sounds alright. It has plenty of big names from the gaming industry attached to it, like Hironobu “My friends call me Gooch” Sakaguchi and partnerships with studios suc as SEGA, Konami and Gooch’s Mistwalker Studios. Available on iPad, Macs and Apple TV, Apple Arcade will feature “premium” games from a curated selection, with the service having 100 games on launch later this year in the American fall season.
The real kicker here? All games can be played offline and will have zero adverts or in-app purchases, with one sub being shared by up to six family members. I think Apple just invented pre-2006 video games. There’s no pricing available yet for the service that Apple calls “the world’s first gaming subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room,” but it’s clear that the big brand already has plenty of talent willing to back it.
Should be interesting to see how the public reacts to the service when it kicks off this year.
Last Updated: March 26, 2019