Hi everyone, my name is Clément Renaudin (also known as Killercow on the interweb) and I'm the new News Editor here on Pocket Gamer, starting today!
This will sound a bit "cliché" but I've been in love with the App Store and mobile devices from the start.
Right from the instant I got my first iPod Touch (can you believe that thing only had 128mb of ram and a 400 mhz processor?), I saw the potential of the platform.
It wasn't for the apps, of course (those weren't even available at the time), but the sheer tactile nature of the beast, and the ease of use of the platform. It was revolutionary for a handheld, "all in one" device.
From the moment the App Store was turned on, the sky became the limit and every day you had at least one new app or game to play with.
And most importantly, It became a platform where it didn't matter if you played games before, anyone could join in on the fun.
To my biggest surprise, this became a device that my dad could play with and finish games on. He was owning people on Angry Birds and clearing every level of Monument Valley in record time.
I guess it all seems like a given now, but reflecting upon it, the mobile ecosystem really grew a lot in a short amount of time.
It feels like an accelerated version of what the consoles and especially what the PC experienced (albeit at a much faster pace) and it became my new platform of choice for a lot of games and activities.
It may have its own problems to face ("Free-to-play is ruining everything!", "Premium games are dying!") but it's this breadth of games, genres, and business models that makes mobile gaming strong.
There's a new app for everyone every day. This, in of itself, makes it a groundbreaking achievement.
The inventiveness and ingenuity I see each day on mobile is the reason why I wanted to write about it.
Sadly those qualities alone aren't enough to succeed in a crowded market, Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store are in dire need of more discoverability options (let's not even mention tvOS here) so a good feed of news, that acts as a filter for all those new apps released daily, is needed.
And that's exactly what I look forward to bringing you here. Every bit of news I can find about new and unique apps and games that you (hopefully) won't have seen nor heard anywhere else.
I hope this year will be filled with great games for everyone, may you be a casual, hardcore, midcore gamer, or whatever you want to call yourself.