by Mike Masnick

Gaming Companies Realize Mobile Gamers Can Play Against Each Other

Took 'em long enough. It looks like more and more companies are beginning to realize that the main function of a mobile phone is to connect with others. With that in mind, they're finally starting to create more mobile multi-player games. Of course, they're going about it as if the mobile handset was just a smaller version of a console, and focusing on games where people can play head-to-head against each other. A much more interesting development would be if they took into account the fact that people are mobile, and built that (via location based info) into account. There are a few of these sorts of games already (especially in Japan), but that's where the real power of mobile multi-player gaming is going to be seen -- because it really makes use of what makes a mobile phone different from a console.

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