Game designer, author and CEO of Schell Games Jesse Schell has been speaking to Games Industry International about the future of the games market, and has delivered a few home truths about where he feels we're headed.

Schell — who graduated with a Masters of Science in Computer Networking and Virtual Reality and has worked for Bell Labs and Walt Disney Imagineering — feels that social and mobile gaming could potentially change the balance of power in the industry, and that the only real hope for the "old guard" reclaim their dominance and market share is to beat rivals like Apple and Google at their own game:

The thing that's going to make the biggest difference in the next four years, say, is that someone's going to come out with a great gaming tablet - a really grade-A tablet for games. Exactly what that means I don't know; I suspect it has a separate hand controller, and I'm sure that it connects up to your TV no problem. I don't know who's going to make that, but it doesn't smell like Microsoft, Sony or..... well, maybe, who knows what Nintendo has up its sleeve, right?

The notion of Nintendo working on a gaming tablet — which comes with physical controls as well as a touchscreen — is an interesting concept. The Wii U GamePad has already explored this area, so perhaps Schell's comments might have some truth? Let us know what you think by posting a comment below.