3）id Software联合创始人约翰·卡马克（John Carmack）最近再次公开表示，苹果iOS仍然是目前最适合开发手机游戏的平台（游戏邦注：卡马克在去年的QuakeCon大会上已发表过类似的言论），理由仍然与去年一样：Android平台在硬件和软件方面仍存在严重的分裂性问题。除此之外，他还称为iOS平台开发游戏“很有趣”，仍现在仍在不断评估这两个手机平台的发展潜力。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，转载请注明来源：游戏邦）
1）Build the resort of your dreams in Resortico, an HTML5 game coming soon to Facebook
The people behind Resortico, a new resort-building simulation game on Facebook, are happy to announce that not only is there game almost ready for launch, but that since the game is fully built in HTML5, you won’t just be restricted to playing the game on your desktop computer or netbook. The game’s HTML5 support means you’ll be able to play the game anywhere, even on an iPad, without having to download an app specifically built for iOS (think FarmVille on iPhone for a comparison).
So far, the game’s Facebook page only has the above teaser trailer, showing us that we’ll be able to harvest palm trees (presumably for coconuts), and will be able to built huts, a lobster shack, a set of buildings that appear to be outhouses, and so on. You’ll be able to move items on the fly, send items and otherwise interact with your friends, and purchase a premium currency which looks to be called “Shells.”
It will definitely be interesting to see how Resortico takes off (or doesn’t) once it launches. HTML5 is one of the fastest growing, and most exciting things in game development, in my humble opinion, as it allows players true freedom from traditional gameplay methods, allowing us to play our games whenever, and wherever we want. Who knows, if Resortico is a smashing success, maybe big players like Zynga will follow suit, allowing us to play future games on our iPads without the need for an app. Oh what a great day that will be.（source:games）
2）28 Million UK Internet Users are Casual Gamers (and other social gaming stats)
Not sure about the value of social gaming for your brand or business? Check out these interesting stats and facts…
According to the UK National Gamers Survey:
28 million UK internet users are casual gamers – amounting to 67% of all internet users.
20 million of those use their mobile handsets to play games on
More than 40% of time spent on Facebook is spent on playing social games. 19% of game players even claim they are “addicted” to social games.
According to Utalk marketing:
23% of gamers say they are more likely to buy a brand that has sponsored or advertised on a social game
18% said they would click on an ad to gain a reward
According to game developers Wild Tangent:
The median age for social gamers is 35, and they are mostly female
According to market research company Park Associates:
Facebook embedded games alone will rise from $1bn last year to £5bn by 2015（source: business2community）
3）John Carmack: iOS Still Better Than Android For Mobile Game Development
John Carmack, the id Software co-founder who essentially created the modern first-person shooter genre from scratch, has once again said that the iOS platform is the best mobile platform out there when it comes to game development. He said as much last year at QuakeCon, but here we are one year later and iOS is still king. Sorry, Fandroids.
The reasons for the superiority are largely the same as they were last year: Android is far too fragmented to develop for, both from a hardware and software point of view. How many Android devices out there still don’t have Froyo? Mine doesn’t! (It’s the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon Wireless, by the way.) And how many different hardware configurations are there between the various HTC,
Motorola, Samsung, etc. devices?
Compare that to iOS. An iPhone is an iPhone and an iPad is an iPad. (Nothing stops developers from saying “you need an iPhone 4 or higher to run this.”) Plus, Carmack says developing for iOS is just “fun.” Can’t beat having fun, can you?
Carmack also says that he’s still constantly evaluating both mobile platforms, so, if for whatever reason, things change, well, he’ll be there.（source:crunchgear）