The market share for consoles and console games is rapidly shrinking, and soon, whenever you mention videogames, it'll be Angry Birds and FarmVille that pop into people's heads, not Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.
The only thing they can kill is my interest.
Just another doom and gloom article spouting the same nonsense. Mobile gaming is here to stay, but it's its own thing- I'd even say it isn't directly competing with the console market. You think just because people own iPhones they aren't going to buy home consoles? Please.
I get excited about a mobile game for about a day and half. Then I lose interest and it just sits on my phone. I have about a dozen games that I played for a bit and then never pick up again.
Those bigger, meatier 'triple A' console games are failing us too - instead of becoming deeper and more sophisticated, they're becoming automatic or 'cinematic', basically idiot-proof. It doesn't really matter to me whether the game is on a phone or console, download or disc, I'll play it so long as it doesn't suck ...
I play the puzzle games on my phone. Thats it. Currently playing "Shooter Bubble". Does when oim on the toilet/train and i have no book or waiting for a bus or something. thats it. Got FF3 and FMH (Football Manager Handheld) but i dont play them at all.
Smartphones & tablets do have the potential to become prominent gaming devices among a larger community (look at all the good handheld/console ports on there - World of Goo and BIT.TRIP BEAT are beautiful on tablets), but the reason they haven't is mostly on the part of the platform itself. For every genius game you see on the iOS/Android store, you have a hundred more crap $1 timewasters and blatant console rip-offs - that's why the mainstream gaming consumer based is rendered niche on these platforms. And yet the same developers manufacturing this crap say that handhelds are on the verge of dying off. Smartphones and tablets are getting stronger by the year, and are capable of many great things (I've honestly seen games on newer tablets easily beating out the graphics of a Vita lately), but it frustrates me that mobile developers seem incapable of tapping into the potential of both power and touchscreen/motion-controlled gaming with PROPER games. Just 0.99c toilet games and shovelware is all we see on these platforms, when tablets are clearly capable of so much more. But still, even if tablet gaming ever reached the stage of quality handheld gaming, that still doesn't mean handhelds will get beat out - they're not even directly competing, except only on the digital front. Tablets, at the end of the day, are still multi-tasking devices and nobody'd buy one solely for gaming. This's like saying nobody'd use PhotoShop anymore because we have Instagram now. I just wish to see the capabilities of tablets fully realised.
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