After one iconic gaming character blew the candles out on his - presumably blue - 20th birthday cake a short while ago, another video game legend will be celebrating the same milestone soon.
Co-founder of id Software John Carmack was the lead programmer on his studio’s seminal 1992 Wolfenstein 3D, a game which paved the way for the likes of first-person shooters Call of Duty and Battlefield.
To no great surprise, Wolfenstein 3D Classic was successfully reworked for iPhone in 2009 - featuring in last year’s Qi Top 10 retro rehashes selection - with its spiritual descendant Rage HD receiving similar acclaim on a recent Top 5 list.
As for the future, well, the sky’s the technological limit for iPhone, according to Carmack, who believes “almost certainly, 2 years from now, there will be mobile devices more powerful than what we’re doing all these fabulous (home console) games on right now.”
Because of Carmack’s standing in the business, it’s worth paying close attention to his prediction that mobile gaming will eventually surpass console gaming in terms of power and influence.
“That’s one of the things that we do discuss internally a lot and it’s amazing to think that when we started Rage (on console), iOS didn’t exist. There was no iPhone. All of that has happened just in the space of one project development timeline.”
So, watch this space, iPhone enthusiasts. The power is in your hands. Literally.