Steve Jobs and the iPhone have been voted the biggest influences in gaming, as their contributions in bringing mobile gaming to the masses were acknowledged by industry peers.
The accolades come from a survey conducted in the recent London Games Conference, with 1,000 workers of the games sector among the respondents.
The late Apple co-founder was voted the most instrumental figure by 26 per cent of voters, outranking the likes of Valve’s Gabe Newell at 16 per cent and Nintendo’s creative think-tank Shigeru Miyamoto who astonishingly enough managed just seven per cent of the votes.
The iPhone dominated in similar fashion, reaching pole position with 17 per cent of the votes, beating the Nintendo Wii (seven per cent), Microsoft’s Xbox Live online service (three per cent) and Sony’s PlayStation One, which came third with a measly three per cent.
It’s unknown whether many of these voters are primarily iOS developers, as the Nintendo DS, which we'd like to think did much to popularise handheld gaming for the mainstream, was conspicuously absent.
Nevertheless, it is a major notch in the belt for the Apple to defy purists who don’t consider the iPhone a proper gaming system. With critically and commercially acclaimed games like Infinity Blade, Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, few can dispute that iOS is fast becoming a platform to be reckoned with.