Casual gaming on the go with the Apple Tablet, Amazon Kindle

Portable gaming to get a boost from new platforms

With Apple recently marketing their iPhone and iPod Touch portable devices as gaming platforms, casual gaming on the go has seen a bit of a twilight. Independent developers have been enjoying increased exposure thanks to low prices and easy availability on Apple's App Store, and with the recent rumors that Apple's soon-to-be-announced Tablet will also feature a wide variety of games (many rumored to come straight from top shelf developer Electronic Arts), it's become evident that the multimedia conglomerate has recognized the importance of the gaming dollar.

Joining in on the casual craze is Amazon's digital reading device, the Kindle. This morning, Amazon announced a Kindle SDK that will allow developers access to Kindle-based PC, Linux, and Mac emulators for programming purposes. Amazon also announced a partnership with EA Mobile (The Sims 3, NFL 10) who are slated to start developing games for the Kindle. What these games are, and how they'll play on the greyscale Kindle are still a mystery.

Whether it's playing games on Apple's upcoming 10/11-inch Tablet or on Amazons acclaimed digital reader, there's no denying that our office commutes suddenly seem much busier, and much shorter.

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