5 Responses to “How Mobile Is Changing the Video Game Market”

  1. People are seeing that carrying around a phone and a gaming device is tedious when the phone can be the gaming device. That’s clearly evident with the iPhone, as some people only carry an iPhone instead of a phone and a Nintendo DS, for example. In addition, the prices of the games are significantly lower than standalone titles for the DS and PSP. Mobile gaming is where the game industry is headed, in my opinion, and the potential for mobile gaming has not been unlocked, but that time is close.

    • Nameless

      Those sort of people probably aren’t core gamers, either…and there’s nothing wrong with that.

      But I have yet to see an iOS game of any sort really cater to core gamers like the DS and PSP do. Controls are part of the problem; a D-Pad and face buttons without tactile feedback as controls just suck, quite frankly. They need to have controls that make more sense for a device that only has a capacitive touchscreen and an accelerometer at the most. That usually lends itself better to different game genres. (Not that developers always heed this; I’ve seen things like Street Fighter IV that shouldn’t even be on that platform.)

      Also, some people don’t want their games interrupted by phone calls or messages, nor do they want to find out that their phone just died when they ran down the battery playing games. Convergence isn’t always convenient or ideal.

      That said, the smartphone game market does allow for…interesting opportunities. But I don’t think it’ll overlap much with the gaming handheld market. It’ll have to be something beyond traditional video gaming, something the core gamers aren’t quite used to in all likeliness.

  2. trust me, in a few years you’ll be writing how console gaming is dead. hopefully the Big 3 will enjoy this 1 more cycle of traditional handhelds/consoles because AppleTV/GoogleTV/OnLive are going to do to consoles what phones & tablets are doing to handhelds.

    • Colin Gibbs

      I wouldn’t go that far, NateGate. The days of stand-alone gaming devices may be numbered, but when it comes to immersive games like first-person shooters, consoles and PCs will still be the platforms of choice.