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Latest iTunes Release Hints At Apple TV Gaming Future?
9:22 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

As reported on several Mac websites, the recently released iTunes 7.1 apparently includes localized text strings referring to games and the Apple TV media device. The strings reference a variety of game management activities including syncing and removing unwanted games.

From AppleInsider:

What Apple has not yet said, but is quite apparent from Monday's iTunes release, is that Apple TV will also sport some rudimentary gaming capabilities. "Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV," reads a localized string file hidden in the software. Another reads, "Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the Apple TV [...] because they cannot be played on this Apple TV."

In total, iTunes 7.1 includes a little over a dozen text strings relating to game management on the new Apple device. In addition to syncing, the strings offer user prompts for various other operations such as removing games, preventing unauthorized games from making the sync, and warning users when their Apple TV can no longer accept new games due to a lack of space.
MacUser offered a different view of the text strings:
The string in question reads: “Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV “^1” will be replaced with games from this iTunes library.” Smoking gun? Not hardly. If you take a look at the file (/Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Localizable.strings), you’ll find that the section of strings that applies to the Apple TV is pretty much identical to the section of strings for the iPod (with, of course, all instances of “iPod” replaced with “Apple TV”)...

Furthermore, section 4301, which applies to mobile phones (presumably of the ROKR variety and not the iPhone variety) has the same strings...

Really, the only thing this proves is that the developer in charge of updating the strings knows how to use copy/paste and find/replace. Sure, Apple might decide to bring games to the Apple TV someday, but when that day comes, they’ll be shouting that feature from the rooftops, not hiding it in a text file.
Follow the links below to learn more.

AppleInsider: Apple TV to dual as casual gaming device?
MacUser: Busting the Apple TV games rumor
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