Wireless

by Mike Masnick




It Takes An Amateur To Create A Mobile Game That Uses The Network

from the about-time dept

For quite some time, I've been saying that the real breakthrough in mobile gaming isn't in just taking traditional games and making them mobile, but in offering something different that couldn't be done without the mobile phone. That is, something that takes advantage of the users being mobile and connected. Others are certainly saying the same thing, though there still haven't been too many successful examples. A few developers are trying, but over at 3GSM, it looks like one of the most creative gaming ideas that does embrace what's different about the mobile phone comes from an amateur, rather than professional developer. The game, which won two prizes to beat out the pros, involves using two camera phones to act as virtual tennis rackets, batting a virtual tennis ball across a court. It looks fairly simple -- but creative in a way that could definitely be compelling.

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    Nick, 15 Feb 2006 @ 8:42pm

    ummm...

    How do I know if I hit the ball when my screen is attached to the phone I'm swinging around?!

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      Prometheus, 15 Feb 2006 @ 8:56pm

      Re: ummm...

      makes a noise? vibrates? flashes a light?

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2006 @ 8:57pm

      Re: ummm...

      who cares, it's a goddamn phone, it's for talking on...

      are people so afraid to be alone with their own thoughts that they have to be distracted every second of every day?

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        Nick, 15 Feb 2006 @ 9:17pm

        why?

        Who actually plays the games on their phones, anyway? It's not only because they suck, when people have their cell phone they're out with friends or going out to do something, not sit around and look at a 1.5" screen all day.(Albeit my cell phone DOES have some pretty cool text RPG's :-D)

        I just don't think there is gonna be some mad obsession with playing games on cell phones anytime too soon.

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          Mike, 15 Feb 2006 @ 11:34pm

          Re: why?

          ahhhh Nick my friend... by your comment, i understand that you have passed the age of "doing-more-than-talking-on-the-cellphone".
          never mind, there are some cool bridge players in all the nursing home's... :-)

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2006 @ 9:16pm

    Just hope people playing it dont...

    have butterfingers and loose grip of an expensive camera phone, tossing it into who knows what (walls, trash cans, the vicious fat lady's ass who will then smack you with her 10 lb hand).

    All kinds of lawsuits and refund excuses would come up then. "Ya, I was playing a game of tennis and threw my phone at a wall, so the guy that wrote the game has to buy me a new phone."

    OR in the case of threwing it at a fat lady's ass "I threw my phone at her ass, she thought I was pinching it, and now I want the guy that wrote the game to pay my ICU bills."

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2006 @ 9:38pm

      Re: Just hope people playing it dont...

      loOse grip?

      loose: v; to release or unleash.

      Well, if I had one of those obscenely expensive camera shoe-phones, I don't think I'd be loOsing my grip anytime soon. They'll get my expensive pointless phone when they pry it out of my cold, dead hands. Or in a year when it's obsolete.

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    moop, 16 Feb 2006 @ 3:35am

    what if....

    I want one that has star trek phazer capabilities...or one that can make me a pizza that would be cool......

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    Joey, 16 Feb 2006 @ 7:31am

    ispott might be onto something too

    here's another example of a unique mobile game. it's a lot of fun, too. http://www.ispott.com

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    SUPER NINTENDO NERD, 16 Feb 2006 @ 11:47am

    Just get a Rev.

    If I want to play games such as that or better, I will wait for the Nintendo Revolution to enjoy with my kids, is seems it will have a more phisical play then other consoles..

    anyway, why would anyone play stupid games on a phone...

    If its good then ill try it .. heh

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