So Tommy of Team Meat did a rant at GDC about the iPhone which, needless to say, I quite enjoyed, though not as much as the gameriffic comment thread. That thread comes complete with Paul Eres trying to be the voice of reason amidst the mammalian impulse to "be right" about something which no party has any stake or influence over. Reminds me of politics, maybe we should just replace presidential voting with Android vs. iPhone. Tommy made a game in a day, racheted up the price each time people bought it, sold a few for north of $200, and in the process seemed to demonstrate the the iPhone market isn't such a deep market, then Apple took that game down, now they've made a Meat Boy version in a day. The plot thickens.
My take on the iPhone, to be clear and avoid seeming like a hypocrite, is that Apple puts itself in an untenable position trying to play gatekeeper while simultaneously having such a broad and deep marketplace structure. It's like watching a character from Alice in Wonderland attempt to beat Kurt Godel at a game of chess by trying to change the rules faster than those rules can be exploited. I find it illustrative of some kind of deep principles of how markets work, the underlying chaos, amplified when the market is in novel experiences rather than commodities or currencies. After all, experiences are not fungible, they are distinct to each person, completely relative, or are they?
Being the mischevious lads they are, Edmund and Tommy packed it in for a day of hard work and have unleashed a stripped-down version of their WiiWare/XBLA/PC game for the iPhone, it's now available on the AppStore for $.99. Apple has every right, legally of course, not in any fanciful metaphysical sense, to do whatever they want with any item on their platform, so they could theoretically take this game down to prove a point. The previous game, Zits and Giggles didn't violate any stated portion of the dev agreement, apparently, it was a fiat decision, so if they leave this up it's like taking it on the chin, if they take it down it's like they're being forced to exercise unilateral control, or maybe they leave it up and nobody cares except the purchasers of the game, which is probably what a market is supposed to be about in the first place. It's like check mate or "who gives a fuck" and which you see depends on the angle that you're looking at the picture, like one of those paintings where the old man's face is really the ocean or visa versa.