It's the debate that nobody wants to have.
In celebration of Apple's WWDC announcement of a new, fancy 'Metal' 3D rendering engine, this is today's Big Question. What is the future of gaming — on your mobile device, or your home console and PC?
Metal promises 10 times the 3D rendering performance of the old Apple pipeline, and "console-level" graphics on the iPhone 5S and iPad Air (and presumably whatever new mobile device the company will announce in the not-too-distant future). There have been some great iPhone and iPad games, and it's likely they'll get even better.
There have been, and continue to be, some absolutely amazing mobile games in the past decade. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan on the DS. Lumines on the PSP. The Infinity Blade series on iOS. I'm not much of a mobile gamer — I much prefer to read or listen to music when I'm on the train — but Monument Valley on my 12-inch Samsung Android tablet is just hauntingly beautiful. There's not much you can't do on a touchscreen now.
I'm unabashed about preferring the PC over anything else, though; it's what I grew up with. We never had consoles in my house — my formative console experiences were playing DuckTales on the NES at my cousin's house on family holidays to Dubbo, and sneaking out during school to play GoldenEye 1v1 on Facility (no Oddjob allowed). I had a few flings with the GameCube and Wii and Xbox 360, as well as the DS Lite, but at the end of the day my heart belongs to that whirring piano black box, keyboard and mouse.
I don't see myself ever changing my opinion, but most of the people I know don't own gaming PCs or consoles — they own smartphones and tablets. They're probably the future of gaming. What do you think?