Originally Posted by imigger
what a waste of time and money kids only want to play with buttons and this hasnt got very many if any , and languages are hard to understand even basic, so whats a kid going to do with it ohh yes nothing , what a croc, nobody would bother learning anything on this device ,if a young person wants to learn how to create something then i suggest using a game engine , because if you dont you wouldt ever get anything good.
this computer is just another dust gaverer a complete bit of crap, you can get a 7 inch android for 40 quid you can use it and learn to program an arm cpu onit ,and it still does everything else.
im ranting but im fedup with the backward people in this world that have no sense,
theres only so much resources in the world for christ sake.
there more important things in life are can jimmy put a plug on can he fix his own stuff these are the lost trates , not would jimmy like to play on a really crap small computer..
Sorry, I reckon you couldn't be more wrong.
Whether or not the Raspberry Pi is the machine to create a much needed niche or not isn't the point, but that niche does need filling that no other machine can.
Where have all the bedroom coders gone? Where have the three man teams gone that could create a game in their spare time that was something special?
The problem is, the Amiga died!
The Amiga for the most part was affordable, and had STANDARD hardware, which is perfect for the fledgling development team to work on.
OK, so Playstation 3 and XBox 360 have standard hardware, but you certainly couldn't describe developing for them particularly affordable.
The PC is a non starter, because there is no 100% predefined STANDARD out there. Theres Linux, Windows in its many flavours.
Write a PC game, and theres no guarantee that it'll work on all systems with user interaction to make it work, which is NOT what people want, they largely want it to work out the box.
So, where have all the bedroom coders gone? They've cropped up on Android and IOS.
One of the biggest hits of recent times wasn't on PS3 or 360 or Wii or PC... it was on mobile smartphones.... Angry Birds!
A game that harkens back to the days of the Amiga, that anyone can pick up and play, has nothing super technical about it, and probably had a very quick development time, with a small team.
Emulated Android environment on PC needs a decent spec to run properly, i've not investigated IOS, but I would imagine it would rule lots of potential developers out with its overheads.
A cheap, STANDARD device that is programmable, CHEAP, capable of getting young and new developers out the starting blocks, that is capable of equaling the content that is popular today, its much needed.
Never before has the software industry missed the Amiga or a machine like it that presented people with the opportunity to innovate and do it cheaply.
Sure, the likes of Activision with their billion $ franchises might not get overly excited, but for every Call of Duty, theres 20+ other games that have huge budgets that barely make their production costs back.
You only have to look at the success of Live Arcade and PS3 Minis and the stuff on Wii to realise that people like old skool type games.
Reckon a machine like Raspberry Pi is long overdue.