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How Mobile Kills the Console But Advances the Gaming Industry

On mobile devices, there are games … and then there’s everything else.

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N311V1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

Problem is that currently mobile games are shallow experiences. I game pretty much daily but rarely on my mobile as the games are short lived time wasters. Also a touch screen has very limited game mechanic possibilities. When I see games on mobile that are comparable to that of consoles and PC I'll start to take these claims seriously.

Note that the author is CEO of Kabam, a developer of mobile and Facebook games.

StrawHatPatriot1300d ago

But one can say all video games are "time wasters"

Kouzmich1300d ago

with you're logic you can say that about allot of things , like books, TV , listening to music and some others

LOGICWINS1300d ago

^^Right, the "time wasters" argument doesn't work in ANY scenario since that can be applied to anything depending on each individual person's perception of whats worth their time.

violents1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

True, "time waster" could be said of anything that eats up your day when you have nothing to do, however the games on the mobile platforms that are considered "time waster games" are usually no better quality than stupid flash games you can play for free on a million different websites.

I agree with Scottis above because until those mobile games can have the same level of mechanics/graphics/story lines, they will never over come the console/pc gaming market. This is a foul attempt by a mobile game maker to discredit the console/pc community and bolster his own mobile game market.

Then to be realistic, most people only play mobile phone type games when they are out and about and have to waste a few minutes or trying to kill some time. Anyone who is anything more than a "casual gamer" will not be sitting on their couch enjoying hours on end playing games on a three inch screen when they could turn on thier PS/Xbox.

miyamoto1300d ago

Actually mobile gaming helps console gaming industry by introducing all sorts of people, kids and adults to video gaming in a casual manner 3X more than console platforms can do.

morganfell1300d ago

Where are all of these mobile and phone games that are causing people to leave Console and PC gaming in droves? Personally I am tired of these absurd assumptions and loud mouth talentless developers of cheap boring phone games trying to convince everyone of something that flies in the face of the facts.

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Linsolv1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

That's only partly true; I have played quite a few mobile games I considered as deep as, say, full handheld games. Zenonia 5 is one I'd actually call a bigger game than many dedicated PSP games I have played. (Also, Janryumon is as strong as Tenhou.net for playing japanese Mahjong, with the advantage of being portable)

However, you are essentially right that a lot of games don't have any depth to speak of. I'm looking at you when I say that, Rovio.

LOGICWINS1300d ago

Future 400 degree article right here.

Dungus1300d ago

Yeah, I'm not going to choose fumbling around on a tiny little screen as my main gaming experience anytime soon, thanks.

Fateful_Knight1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

To me mobile gaming is for people who are entering the industry late, who haven't grown up playing games. They are jumping on the gaming bandwagon because it's a trendy part of owning a mobile device, not because they truly love gaming.

LOGICWINS1300d ago

"They are jumping on the gaming bandwagon because it's a trendy part of owning a mobile device, not because they truly love gaming."

Thats an elitist argument right there, that someone can't truly "love" gaming because you personally don't believe their platform of choice is worthy of gaming on.

TronEOL1300d ago

Well you can't "love" something until you really know it right? I think he means that they see their phone can play games, and don't really care for gaming as an entity. Rather just have scores to compete with their friends in games like angry birds or the like.

Gamers (those invested in the industry) in general will give most games a try, regardless of platform, I think. For example, I have over 100 games on Steam and PS3, around 20-30 on iPhone (mostly free), Android (mostly free), Wii, Xbox360, DS/3DS, and PSP/Vita.

I play what's fun, like I'd assume most gamers do. Whereas most of these mobile-only gamers probably only play their iPhone games that friends talk about, and don't care at all for any other type of gaming.

Now once they've been playing, and look forward to playing games of all types (doesn't mean all platforms), that's when you're considered a gamer in my opinion.

LOGICWINS1300d ago

Well, going by your argument, I'm not a gamer. Personally, I limit what types of games I play. I've never liked card battle games, so I avoid them. I've never liked 2D Mario games, so I avoid them.

I don't think you have to be interested in EVERYTHING to love gaming. But I agree with what your saying in a sense. Some people play games as a mechanism of socializing with their friends, not for personal enjoyment.

pandaboy1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

you are the master of spin logic wins... actually, you should change your name to washingmachinewins

Pozzle1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

I don't think it's necessarily bandwagon jumping. Most smartphones come with Android now and all iPhones have the app store, so there isn't much of a reason not to download some games (especially the free ones). Most people I know will pop onto Draw Something or Temple Run if they want to pass the time, or have a break from work, or to play with friends.
Whether or not they are considered "gamers" is a matter of opinion (personally I don't think they are), but that doesn't mean they aren't having fun with simple little games like that.

zerocrossing1300d ago

The thought of mobile gaming killing consoles is laughable.

Their core demographic is split right down the middle, if it does happen it's going to be a looooooooong time from now.

LOGICWINS1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

Mobile gaming won't "kill" console gaming anytime soon, but I don't think anyone can deny that mobile gaming is improving/gaining popularity at a faster rate than console gaming.

The market for smartphones/tablets is more than 3x the size of the console market and smartphones improve their hardware constantly..as opposed to the normal 5-6 year gap with consoles. 2 months after a smartphone comes out, people are already talking about the next iteration of that phone.

I've been hearing rumors that the PS4 will be upgradable. I wonder if they are true. That would neutralize the biggest advantage PC gaming/mobile gaming has over consoles.

zerocrossing1300d ago (Edited 1300d ago )

I agree with you, I'm not one of those people who thinks mobile gaming is casual nonsense but I still think the console and mobile gaming market is too different right now for anyone one of them to drastically effect the other.

If that rumour about the PS4 is true it'll be interesting to see the price of upgrading, I hope it doesn't turn out with us getting burned like DLC and online passes.

Imagine buying a game but not being able to play it till you upgrade your PS4 for a nominal fee... That is a scary thought that is all too possible.

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