Why Mobile Gaming is Now a Legitimate Platform

Adam looks into the world of mobile gaming and argues for the acceptance of the platform as a viable one for gaming.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1229d ago (Edited 1229d ago )

Yea right. Mostly just Developers making crappy games with tons of in app purchases to suck every last penny out of you.

I'd much rather enjoy AAA games or great indie games from Developers who have a passion for gaming and actually try to bring us great experiences.

Soldierone1228d ago

Seriously, why is it so hard to find a decent mobile game that doesn't throw pay walls at you?

I am constantly searching for a decent game, I don't care what it is, I just want to play for more than 5 minutes without running out of whatever and being asked to spend 99 cents to keep going....

I even got an online RPG/MMO style game. It was really neat, and I was impressed with it, then I hit a dumb paywall and ended up just deleting it..... If the game let me just pay 10 dollars to play forever I would have gladly done it.

MasterCornholio1228d ago


Those games are PC ports.... Which means they were AAA titles back in the old days.

What are you trying to prove? Show me an exclusive mobile game that's AAA quality.

Tiqila1228d ago (Edited 1228d ago )

if iPad is a possibility I can strongly recommend Hearthstone. This is not tablet exclusive since you can play it on PC, however.

joab7771228d ago

I remember reading awhile ago that tech was almost here to make oh ones as powerful as the ps3. The problem is the lack of a viable controller. Now, yeah, gaming has expanded to casual players b/c of Facebook, and simple games like angry birds. But if Bios hock is any indication, it will be awhile b4 any hard core gamers want their phones 1st. Though in Japan anyone and elsewhere, it's the genre that rules the day, not the platform.

So...Sony. when the tech catches up...DO THIS! Partner w/ Google, offer ur expensive phones w/ a plan. Put the Now app on it and design it to play games. Maybe sell it with a controller and an hdmi out. Then, release the Vita 2. Except this time, it's a bona-fide android powered tablet to boot. No memory cards, just the cloud and maybe micro USB. Then, you will start selling a ton of both. Now will help but the addition of Google Play will be all gamers need to make their next phone/tablet combo Sony products.

ABizzel11228d ago

Simply put mobile gaming is a viable gaming platform, every bit as much as a handheld. It's just that many console only gamers are once again ignorant of what the platform offers, because it's not their go to gaming choice (same situation with console only gamers commenting on PC).

Mobile gaming is worthwhile alone for emulation. I have a NES, SNES, N64, GB, GBA, and Sega Genesis all up and running on my phone simply downloading the app. That means I'm playing Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V, Kingdom Hearts, Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, Battletoads & Double Dragon, Chrono Trigger, Diddy Kong Racing, Digimon World, Dragon Quest, Dragon Warrior MOnsters, Mario Kart, Perfect Dark N64, GoldenEye N64, Mario 64, Pokemon Stadium, Shinobi, Punch Out, Smash Bros, Zombies Ate my Neighbors, and more.

You could also get DS, PSP, PSOne, Sega Saturn, and Dreamcast, but it'll take a bit of coding.

How on earth is that not a viable gaming platform? The first excuse people use are, you can play some of those games on other platforms, or they're old games.

And you they're old games, but a great game is a great game regardless, and many of you have no problem buying HD collections (Halo: MCC is one of the biggest games people are looking forward to this holiday, and TLoU was a huge success as well), and the majority of games people buy are multiplatform games, so don't be hypocrites.

Moving on, Android and especially iOS games have come a long way as well. There's still a mountain of clones to look skim through if you're randomly looking for games, and there’s obviously the casual mega hits like Plants vs. Zombies, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and Peggle. But a quick Google search like you do any other time can help you find the best games on android and iOS, many of which are on par with Vita and 3DS quality, some above.

Dead Space, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Rayman Fiesta Run, Dead Trigger, Grand Theft Auto PS2 Games, Fifa, Sonic All-Star Racing, Asphalt 8, Modern Combat which has multiplayer (basically Call of Duty), Surgeon Simulator, The Room, The Walking Dead Game, XCOM, Sonic, and more. Best of all most Android and iOS games are Free, $1, $2, $5, and rarely $10 - $15. Mobile gaming would be the equivalent of a PSN / XBLA console.

Finally for those complaining about touch controls, just buy a freaking MOGA controller and be done with it. I don’t understand why this is so difficult for many console gamers to understand, consoles aren’t the only gaming devices that can use controllers, a controller is not a console exclusive.

Mobile gaming has come a long way, it’s a viable handheld platform for gamers of all types, and it’s likely to be the go to platform for developers wanting to port their games since there are hundreds of millions of mobile devices out there. Personally I would never want mobile gaming to replace anything, but it’s a viable gaming option.

Agent_hitman1228d ago

Apple's Metal and AMD's Mantle tech APi are very promising especially in mobile gaming development. It is very efficient low level API, great for future gaming graphics.

So yeah I completely agree, Mobile gaming is a certified legitimate platform nowadays.

NexGen1228d ago

Except for one minor detail: no real controls = fail. Every time.

edqe1228d ago (Edited 1228d ago )

Keyboard+mouse, gamepads, joysticks, etc. They all works on mobile devices as well.

Hardware is already impressive but getting better and better every year; for example just recently announced NVidia "Denver" K1 and Intel Core M.

OpenGL 3.1 + AEP and OpenGL NG will push graphics stack even further.

There are already great games for mobile devices like BGII, KoDP, etc. You hardly can find better RPGs for any consoles.

methegreatone1228d ago

Thats not entirely true.
The issue isn't the absence of real controls. The issue is developers failing to take advantage of what is there. Touch screen, accelerometer. You can really do a lot of things with those. Games with virtual sticks and pads will always fail. That's not the way to make a good mobile game.
I'm a PC gamer, and I enjoy really good graphics and simulation, eg games like Crysis and Metro 2033, which simulate so many great gameplay mechanics and offer lots of depth. I also enjoy good console games. As far as being a 'hardcore gamer', I'm covered :P
There are great games on mobile though. Specifically on the iphone.
The Infinity Blade series, for example offers not only incredible visual quality, but also an insane amount of depth to it's gameplay. (At first I found it boring, but after reluctantly investing 15 more minutes in the first game, I was hooked) The RPG aspect is brilliantly done. Games like the Walking Dead by Telltale are ported to mobile, and they are perfect on this platform, maybe even better than other platforms because of the touch controls !

Take a look at Republique on iOS. Again, brilliant visual quality, top notch voice acting, intuitive gameplay. A great gaming experience.
With games like this, mobile is becoming a legitimate place to game. Although this is mostly true only for iOS, since that's where these games come out.

Other mentions - Real Racing 3. It's brilliant in it's gameplay and visuals and getting a new car really feels amazing. They all handle different, sound different and feel unique. It's like a watered down simulator on PC or something. Again, it's perfect for mobile. The reason I didn't talk about this one earlier is because of some questionable IAP implementations. Although it's very much possible to have a great time without IAPs. You just need to play some every day...

Waffles111228d ago

With sending pictures of my junk to random people and taking selfies with homeless, I have too short of an attention span to play quality games on phones. Maybe if its flashy and mindless, then I can play a game inbetween sending pictures of my junk to random people.

Charlieholmes061228d ago

It's not the API nor the hardware that keeps it out of the realm of legitimate gaming. It's the lack of quality. F2P, paywalls, crappy controls, shallow content, and GREEDY developers that make it terrible! Fix all those things and maybe you'll have something worth considering some day!

GamingTruth1228d ago

it is lets just stop with the 'mobile gaming is going to overtake consoles' or 'mobile gaming is going to overtake pc and consoles' bs from now on please though, but i do believe mobile is good to play some games

Funantic11228d ago

People hate to admit that mobile gaming is making the most money right now. They must fear that must mean that their dear consoles will become second best. You get newer more powerful versions of iPhones and Androids every year but only get a new version of consoles every 5-10 years. That means for a while consoles remain stagnant for those few years while mobile phones evolve more rapidly. Processor chips are becoming smaller and more powerful. Eventually you'll just hook your phone to your tv and controller and play.

OmegaShen1228d ago

Yet they can't get battery life to last longer, plus alot of copys of the same game (how flappy bird type of games?).

Mobile gaming is fun on trips to a point, it still lacks a really controller (Sony made a go gaming phone it did bad). So I don't believe mobile gaming is even close to be as want we get on systems made for gaming.

lashes2ashes1228d ago

Why would you hook you're phone into the tv when all games in the next couple decades will be streamed directly to what ever screen is in front of you. That's why all the big gaming companies are messing around with cloud projects, the next evolution step in gaming is clearly steaming content just like tv, film and even print.

OmegaShen1228d ago

Don't know about that, there is one huge thing keeping that idea from becoming real. The Internet speed worldwide, an most internet company's are no were near close to handling that.

Let alone some country's.

ElementX1228d ago

So based on this article, legitimacy is based solely on the available games? A mobile plays Candy Crush but then because it can play some Valve games it's suddenly worthy of being considered a gaming device? I don't understand the reasoning.

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