Steve Jobs, Dead at 56 Years Old

on October 5, 2011 8:51 PM

We’re not Gizmodo or Engadget. We’re a gaming site through and through. But even as distant as we are from the world of technology in the topics we cover there is no denying the influential power of the man behind Apple computers and his impact on the world. Steve Jobs was a visionary and most importantly a humanitarian who always thought of ways to change the way the world thinks of technology and how people interact with it.

According to him the “most important thing he’d ever do” was unveil the iPad as it would change computing forever. It’s now one of the most sought after devices in the world, and has redefined the word “tablet” and what people will think of when they hear that word from here on out. If you ask around people will probably tell you that iOS (the software on the iPad as well as other ‘i’ devices) was his real grand opus. Even your grandma knows what an “app” is. The App Store on iOS proved that mobile gaming could be great and that it can provide experiences (and especially profits) that rival those of dedicated gaming machines.

Jobs battled pancreatic cancer for the better part of the last decade. And while his health seemed to be on a roller coaster ride, his vision was always solid as a rock, making sure Apple kept its eyes on the prize. Apple was at a point of bankruptcy almost 15 years ago and it is now the most profitable company in the world.

He is survived by his wife and daughters. Our condolences go out to the Jobs family.

On a personal level, I owe a thank you to Steve Jobs — who when my Macbook overheated to the point of no return and was out of warranty (the same one I use to edit our DualShockers TV videos) he directly replied to me when I emailed him and helped  our site at a time when there was no more money left to put into this thing we call DualShockers. After speaking to him on the phone and explaining to him our situation of getting this site off the ground he made a few phone calls and made sure they took care of me at the local Apple store genius bar. He didn’t have to care… but he did. And for that I’ll be forever grateful. Rest in peace Steve. 

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Joel Taveras is one of the founding members of DualShockers. He hails from New York City where he lives with his wife and two sons. During his tenure with the site, he's held every position from news writer to community manager to editor in chief. Currently he manages the behind the scenes and day-to-day operations at the publication.