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The iPad is at the top of your average kid’s Christmas list, according to new research – well above traditional gaming consoles.
A recent Nielsen poll, as reported by Gamasutra, revealed that 31 per cent of all six to 12 year olds surveyed were “interested in buying” an iPad in the next six months, compared to just 12 per cent who coveted an Xbox 360.
The top 10 looked like this:
- iPad: 31 per cent
- Computer: 29 per cent
- iPod touch: 29 per cent
- Nintendo DS: 25 per cent
- PlayStation 3: 21 per cent
- Smartphone (non-iPhone): 21 per cent
- Other mobile phone: 21 per cent
- iPhone: 20 per cent
- TV set: 20 per cent
- 3DS: 20 per cent
Further down the list, 18 per cent said Wii, 14 per cent said PSP and 12 per cent said Xbox 360.
The results were slightly different among those aged 13 and above. Their top 10 read:
- Computer: 20 per cent
- TV set: 19 per cent
- Smartphone (non-iPhone): 19 per cent
- iPad: 18 per cent
- Blu Ray player: 17 per cent
- E-reader: 15 per cent
- Wii: 15 per cent
- iPhone: 13 per cent
- PlayStation 3: 13 per cent
- iPod Touch: 11 per cent
Xbox 360 claimed nine per cent, DS took eight per cent, 3DS took six per cent and the PSP took five per cent.Why would they NOT want an ipad? It’s amazing. You can wander around the house and wherever you choose to sit, you can watch TV, youtube, surf the net, listen to music, or play any number of games which are mostly pretty good. The games are all retro style games, so it’s like a strange time warp where kids are now for the first time experiencing games that focus on gameplay over graphics. Older gamers like me, grew up playing games like that… Lemmings, Worms, Sim City, Populous, Syndicate, etc.. They were all fairly simple technology wise, so they relied on great gameplay. That got lost in modern gaming where most of the time, they have epic production values that disguise the fact that the gameplay itself is boring and a rehash of a thousand other games that went before it.
So yeah, an iPad is perfect for kids today. The only thing I have to say against it, is that as much as I love the older school gaming, I think it’s done far better with Flash games on big websites like Kongregate. Most iPad and iPhone games are second rate copies of pre-existing Flash games, and that really bugs me. But still… it’s better having a second rate version of a brilliant game than it is to play the big budget crappy alternative. Call of Duty 99 and Need For Speed 9999 might seem good on the surface, but they are shallow and lame underneath. Get stuff like World of Goo, Plants Vs Zombies, The Quest, The Creeps! and Pocket Tanks, and I think kids would have far more fun.
Although, I personally am waiting for a good PC tablet equivalent. That is a far better option, but most kids wouldn’t know that yet.
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