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s45gr32  +   1018d ago
Well, ummm the main reason why mobile gaming has risen in recent years is mainly due that it provides mobile gaming experiences. See games like Bioshock, Call of Duty, Uncharted are best played on a gaming console or PC. I do not want a console gaming experience on my handheld I want a game that is suited for mobile gaming. Are we as gamers not talking about games being played while we are waiting at the hospital, DMV, AAA office, riding the bus, train, or taxi. That's were you play say games on a handheld no. Wny would I want to use my handheld at home were there is a big ass tv or capable gaming rig. See this is why the so called experts are championing tablets, smart phones as taking over handhelds. One is these devices deliver mobile games while you are outside the house not console or PC gaming experiences. The games are cheap, cloud saving as opposed to memory card saving, get the games digitally my pockets are not big enough to carry cartridges or discs. There is no excuse to against digital distribution when it comes to mobile devices. Xperia Play is a smart phone with a ps one controler layout. Expect future phones following suit of the experia. A mobile game should be simple and straight to the point. If I am riding the bus I do not want to play bioshock because is too time consuming. That is my two cents on this subject.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1018d ago
The things that surprises me most is the claim that - somehow - "mobile gaming is killing handheld gaming".

If that is the case, experts and journalist pundits alike, where are the numbers?

Last time I checked the sales numbers for the DS and the PSP, they had sold a combined 220 million units, and there's no sign of slowing down. Wait, 220 million? Yes, and that would make the DS and PSP not only the highest-selling handheld generation of all time, but THE HIGHEST-SELLING GAMING GENERATION (pound for pound) OF ALL TIME.

How in the world can people see that and honestly think that handheld gaming is dying?
darthv72  +   1018d ago
mobile gaming is....
a convenience that was exclusively dominated by handhelds. I used to bring my psp or ds to work with me until I got a phone that was able to play minute wasting games between meetings.

The convenience of only packing around one device that serves multiple purposes and can blend in with society is increasing. People arent packing around their mp3 players as much when their smart phones are capable to playing back their playlist just as well.

Gamers may still want dedicated devices but the general consumer is more interested in less complication and more simplicity and convenience. Mobile gaming may not be killing handhelds or consoles but it is certainly contributing to the increasing trend of casual and social entertainment on the go.

So much so that nintendo and sony know they have to have their dedicated gaming platforms be able to offer more than just gaming. Netflix, web, email, social networking....etc. 10 years ago you would have thought twice of a handheld doing those things but then again...10 years ago who thought games would be taken more seriously on cell phones?

We are seeing the transition of gaming and evolution of gaming at the same time on the same platfrom. Just like the 2600 paved the way to eventual heavy hitter like the 360 and ps3. Mobile gaming is too paving the way to an evolutionary change in how we will game over the next many years.

30+ years of gaming the same way has to lead to an eventual change. Even if it means non traditional methods.
smashcrashbash  +   1018d ago
@ s45gr32. Again with the same BS. Why doesn't anyone listen? The VITA for example has both complex games and games you can just pick up and play on the go. What is so bad about having both? You play long games on long trips and short games on short trips.Simple as that. It's not complicated. And ask for the argument that phone games are cheap, there is lots of shovelware that is cheap but that doesn't mean I want to buy it. Cheap doesn't equal good in a real gamers mind.

A good game is worth the price of admission. I don't play garbage or overblown flash games because it is cheaper.Play your phone games all you like but stop trying to pretend it is on the same level or the same league as handheld gaming. Gamers still buy handheld games at the current price. People who play phone games wouldn't even touch them if they were the same price as them. Angry Birds wouldn't be as popular if it cost $40.00.
s45gr32  +   1018d ago
I am not pretending that cell phone gaming is on the same level as handhelds. Is just more practical to have a phone that does everything plus gaming than having a phone, and a handheld. My fear of today's gaming handhelds is they are not catering to the gamer I do not support Sony on having to buy proprietary memory cards in order to play my games nor having to pay for a 3G online service. With the 3DS is having to pay for N64 remakes at $40.00 for one game that is unreasonable due to the fact a PS2 bundle with two games cost the same didn't the N64 came before PS2. Onlive is something I did not mention which I should of have and the fact that I can play games like bioshock, L.A. Noire, Batman Arkham Asylum via an Android Cell phone through the Onlive App(it also allows me as a gamer to continue my game via onlive on my HD TV set, laptop, or gaming rig when I come home and continue were I left off from my droid phone). Is there a reason to own a handheld. Is less hassle on the Smart Phone platform due to the fact you go with Metro PCS or Boost Mobile buy an Android Phone pay $50.00 a month for unlimited web, text,call, e-mail, plus data. Is cheaper than buy a phone a handheld. Today's Handhelds are implementing features that are already available on a smart phone i.e. Netflix (it is coming to 3DS), web, facebook, four square, etc. mostly on vita. Which proves that even though a smart phone is not killing hand helds is giving them a run for their money. The whole point is that today's gamers are more willing to throw away money than actually saving. A smart phone is cheaper through Metro PCS or Boost Mobile plus you can hook it up to your TV to watch whatever movie, tv show, or sports you were watching on your phone on the HD TV set you own.
thorstein  +   1017d ago
I had to go back and look at his post... I just ignored him after the 1st sentence.
caseh  +   1018d ago
Smart phones are just beginning to become interesting. They are packing dual-core 1.5ghz processors, in excess of 1gb RAM and gbs of built in storage.

The important aspect here is that EVERYONE I know owns a smartphone, in this day and age its essential. Knowing I can get the internet etc etc etc on my phone makes having this additional functionality on a handheld like a 3DS or PS Vita irrelevant as i'm always going to have my phone on me.

Look up Generations of Chaos on Android, its a PSP port. Average game but the important factor here is that its a PSP game...and i'm playing it on my mobile. I fully understand I won't be playing games like Uncharted on my mobile anytime soon but more companies will start devoting more time to creating better games. It won't kill the handheld market but it will definately impact it to some extent.

I won't be buying the Vita or a 3DS and i've owned a fair few handhelds over the past few years with the last one being a PSP. Don't underestimate the power of a £3 game on a mobile phone. :D
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thorstein  +   1017d ago
Great post. And I also posted on that "Handhelds are Dying" article.

My post was this:

And the article states: "3DS’ biggest week ever. 378,114 units were sold"

"Then the Vita launched to reasonable, but not spectacular, sales of 321K "

Well, which is it? Is moving over 320,000 units during one week of sales good or bad. And after three weeks the Vita now has a Japanese install base of 1/2 million.
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