Respected LostWinds and Elite creator, David Braben has criticised the loose approval service employed for the iPhone App Store, calling the majority of games on the service a "pile of rubbish".
Speaking to CVG this month, Braben - who's currently working on a LostWinds sequel for WiiWare - said that the iPhone shop was proof that a higher game approval process can be a good thing. And he's right, really.
"There's a little bit of a 'gate keeper' thing with Nintendo which raises the bar very slightly because you've got to have dev kits, but that's a good thing," he said. "Look at iPhone; there are so many games that aren't up to scratch, without being too negative about it. It's very hard to find the good stuff amongst the rubbish.
"Another thing I resent is applications or games that are designed to look like something else that's been successful and people accidentally buy them, or they're slightly cheaper and they assume they're getting a cheaper version or the same thing," he added. You know what? We agree with him.
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Apple boasted at a San Francisco event last month that is has 18,000-plus more games than the Nintendo DS and PSP. Braben responded to its claim: "Having a higher pile or rubbish isn't good, it's how many good nuggets there are within it.
"It's not so much regulation [that's needed], it's discrimination so that it's easier for a user to be able to see what other people thought of something," he told CVG. "The rating mechanic is a very good one. I think that helps with iTunes as well."
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is out on WiiWare in October.