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Is it time to take mobile gaming seriously?

Some opinions from around the industry regarding the enigma that is mobile gaming.

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SoldierX2103d ago

Although t he controls can still use improvements, I thought ME Infiltrator for the iPad has been exceptional. I enjoy the connectivity with ME3 and the ability to max out your character using credits earned or bought.

LOGICWINS2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

http://www.joystiq.com/2011...

If San Andreas comes to smartphones and it looks good and plays well...then I will start taking mobile gaming VERY seriously.

Max Payne 1 just came out recently to the iOS platform and it looks pretty damn good.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

The point is, if I can spend $3 to own a deep gaming experience like Max Payne on a device I already own (a smartphone), then thats a fantastic value right there.

Is it up to the level of most Vita games? Maybe, maybe not(it's a matter of opinion. i.e some would say that Max Payne 1 has a deeper story than Golden Abyss. Others would say the graphics on Vita are better), but as far as VALUE is concerned, the winner is obvious.

$3 to dip your toe into a critically acclaimed gaming franchise OR $250 + $20 for a memory card + $10-$50 to dip your toe into a critically acclaimed gaming franchise?

Believe it or not scenarios like this are occurring every day. Anyone who dismisses the power/influence that mobile games are gaining would have to be blind or a fool.

kerky2103d ago

Those examples are really good points. I had no idea Max Payne was coming to iOS. It's like you say though, if high quality games like these can come to mobile devices, why shouldn't they be taken seriously?

You sir make some very compelling points. I like that.

LOGICWINS2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

@kerky- GTA 3 also came out on iOS last year as well. Some reviewers say the controls are bad and others say the controls are great. Either way, at $5, knowing that your going to get dozens of hours of gameplay and a good story for what you normally pay each day for lunch is an incredible offer.

In this current economic climate, iOS and Android games WILL win out. Guaranteed. Not saying I want the 3DS and Vita to fail..but the proof is in the pudding. Budget games are getting better and better yet the prices REMAIN low.

Machioto2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

@ logic A dedicated device for gaming should beat out one that is general purpose and your comparison isn't one-for-one as you all ready own the device,plus the disadvantage of smart phones an tablets are, price and ergonomics for tablets also smart phones have limited space on screen and there controls will all ways be lacking.

I remember hearing that you could use skype on the psp to make call also ps vita had it and only thing Sony or Nintendo needs to complete is,the ability to communicate on their handhelds.

LOGICWINS2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

"A dedicated device for gaming should beat out one that is general purpose"

As far as production values/controls...YES, a dedicated device for gaming SHOULD beat out one that is general purpose. But what about value/price?

A smartphone and a smartphone plan is something that you have to pay for REGARDLESS, meaning that you would have to pay for it whether or not your gaming. So the fact that you need to pay for a plan isn't a con when arguing the positives a negatives of mobile gaming since you don't need a plan to play mobile iOS/Android games.

"also smart phones have limited space on screen"

This is balanced out by two factors:

1. The fact that smartphones are more portable that a 3DS/Vita, thus easier to fit into your pocket

2. Convenience. The luxury of being able to only carry ONE device every day that fits all your needs. Whats more convenient, carrying a phone PLUS a 3DS/Vita..or just carrying a phone?

"and there controls will all ways be lacking"

The controls aspect(while lacking currently) are getting better and better. Also, whether controls are ergonomic or not really don't matter in the broad scheme of things. As kids, we played Super NES all day. The controls sucked, but we LOVED it.

kerky2103d ago

@LOGICWINS - I knew GTA 3 was out on the platform, while I haven't actually played it myself, I was impressed that the iDevices could run a game of that standard. As for controls, they will always be an issue on a 100% touch screen device. It's unfortunate, but true.

I would love to see a controller come out, designed by Apple of course. For iOS gaming to succeed Apple really need to embrace the market they have stumbled upon.

dead_eye2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Yeah great point.

Only took 10 years to get the game on the Iphone

And why does the price of the vita come into play did you get you phone for nothing??
Apple have Iphones starting from £319 and £1.99 for the game doesn't look as good when you look at it with some LOGIC.

I must be a fool then. I do not think that phones are the way forward for gaming. Yeah fantastic for quick games. If you want loads of deep and meaningful games with nice graphics you would need a dedicated gaming system.

edit,

I've just read some of the other comments.

And you don't have a smartphone and smartphone plan regardless. You would choose to have as there isn't a law saying you must have them.

Oh and logic you are using your name in an ironic way aren't you??

LOGICWINS2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

"I must be a fool then. I do not think that phones are the way forward for gaming."

Who said that phones are the way forward for gaming? I simply made the argument that mobile games are gaining ground in this industry.

"And why does the price of the vita come into play"

To strengthen my argument. If you were making an argument that a certain restaurant is the best...you would compare it to others to prove your point right? Same here.

"If you want loads of deep and meaningful games with nice graphics you would need a dedicated gaming system."

Many people DO have a dedicated gaming system...AT HOME. What planet do you live on where most gamers would consider spending $169.99 or $250(the current price of a PS3) just to game on the go when they have a DEDICATED gaming console at home?

Handhelds aren't dead yet...but compare the revenue streams of iOS games/Android games to handheld games. Its a landslide buddy.

"Oh and logic you are using your name in an ironic way aren't you??"

All your insults due is prove that you don't have an argument to stand on.

Chrono2103d ago

Ports are the best thing they can get, but will they ever make a big budget GTA exclusively for iOS? Never.

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Darkieinthemist2103d ago

Nate Ahearn, is a moron..........the 3ds is ignored which is typical

Mikhail2103d ago

Mobile gaming has always been a staple of the gaming industry. Of course, I'm talking about Nintendo gaming devices.

Rampaged Death2103d ago

It's huge so yes it should be taken seriously.

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