Nolan Bushnell: Mobile gaming on the way out

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:19 GMT By Phil Owen

Navigating the mobile gaming universe can be a nightmare, because, well, there are a whole lot of those games. I play 5-10 new ones every week, in fact, but at the same time it’s rare that a new game will break into the top overall downloads chart. And Atari founder Nolan Bushnell tells All Things D that an environment like that will burn out developers.

“All the money’s out. Do I really want to do a mobile game that’s one of 300,000, where discoverability is everything? You really have to have a little more sizzle on the steak,” Bushnell said.

“I think the next big game opportunity is Google Glasses [sic],” he continued. “If I told you all my ideas for it, I’d have to kill you,” he said. “And the Oculus Rift. The game business reinvents itself every five years. The last five years have been the days of mobile gaming and shortform gaming, exemplified by Rovio with Angry Birds and Zynga with FarmVille. And that is over.”

We will see, I suppose.

Thanks, GameSpot