— is correct in his assessment of airconsole.
your questions lead me to believe that you have not tried it yourself. please, correct me if i am wrong.
if you try it you will understand what it is and what it is not.
it is primarily a casual/local or communal gaming console for friends. i have tried it myself.
to qualify, i play board games, card games and video games. a lot of times with my small group of gaming friends who are all men and all married. when we get together, the guys game, for example 'lord of the rings lcg' while the women do whatever it is that women do...lol. they had no interest in co-opping to destroy and orc assault with the assistance of gandalf.
i know - crazy right.
but one night we turned on the t.v. and hooked up airconsole. we scrolled through some of the games and let the ladies pick something to play. for the majority of the night we played a game called 'tower of babel'. it is no aaa sensation to say the least, but, we all laughed, played and engaged with each other for most of the night. playing with the 'ladies' was actually fun and they admitted that playing with us was fun when they could actually be involved.
the point of the phone controllers is that everyone has a phone...so everyone has a controller. you do not need to buy anything to get started playing.
and because you can do anything on a blank canvas, the phone controller is going to allow new interactions and new concepts for group gaming.
just like many years ago when steve ballmer said no one would ever buy a $500 phone with no buttons. people will come to see the phone as a controller to be a very versatile tool. it is not meant to replace a gamepad. it is a different animal. not better or worse, simply different.
i totally agree with you that creating the controller in c2 is a very important feature. in my opinion the most important feature because that is the connection between you and the game.
i guess it takes a lot of work to make it 'simple' for designers and game devs to use.
i also agree with you that traditional gamepad games can have a home on airconsole too, but once you have had twelve people all playing together in one game and having fun...there is no going back.
just my two cents...