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Mobile is the true next generation gaming platform

Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago

I would have thought current generation smartphone were current gen smartphones, next gen smartphones, are next gen smartphones, next gen consoles were. 9th gen consoles, and next gen pc is loose because pc generations have been blurred since the move from 486 to pentium.

The generations of individual types of gaming platform really have nothing to do with each other, and conventionally arn't defined by popularity. (By console generation Dreamcast doesn't stop being sixth gen because it sold crap).

So that was just a soundbite.

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Mobile is the true next generation gaming platform

Carlos Bordeu Game Designer / Studio Co-Founder, ACE Team3 years ago

In the past, mobile was never considered a legitimate gaming platform; however that was primarily due to the quality of games that were being offered at the time. That isn't the case for me nor the other hardcore gamers around me (Note: Of why we don't find it a legitimate gaming platform for hardcore gaming - it is a perfectly viable platform for gaming). It is the very limited touch controls which aren't even appropriate to play most of the NES library (and much less games played with modern gamepads), and the unattractive proposition of playing on a tiny or small screen.

Hardcore gamers are often interested in fast paced complex competitive games: Not good on mobile. (Plugging a controller to your mobile device isn't a solution since no one can design a mobile game that depends on controllers - that market is non-existent).

Hardcore gamers are often interested in immersive cinematic experiences: Not good on mobile. (Plugging your mobile device to your home theater HDTV system isn't a solution either).

For me Apple's Metal doesn't change a thing - the processing power isn't the factor determining whether I care about hardcore gaming on mobile devices or not. And I'm sure this is the case for a lot of people.

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Mobile is the true next generation gaming platform

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago

It bothers me that people in the industry still don't grasp the concept of a 'generation'. It's nothing more than a predecessor/successor relationship. Current generation is what is out today. Next generation is not out yet. It is what comes next. And thee is no relation to what is a certain generation in home consoles and a certain generation in mobile devices.

Home consoles tend to say within each generation of a console maker because they tend to exist in the market space for the approximately the same time periods. Mobile devices do not. They iterate annually. So yes, the next generation of mobile devices will obviously arrive before the next generation of home consoles.

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 3 years ago

Hardcore games on my smartphones? Sry, too busy watching 3D movies on my 3DS.

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Julian Beck HR Consultant 3 years ago

Honestly, most of the article was quite boring to read for me - a wording discussion...very important. So those guys are proud to proclaim current smartphones are "the next-gen devices", big deal. Content-wise that does not matter at all. Surely no developer would try to realize the next part of the Elder Scrolls singleplayer RPG on a smartphone platform, it's just too big, too much details, too much to be played with "fun" while you're sitting in a tube station or in a shopping mall :)
So, no, not all gaming inventions will suddenly only happen on mobile platforms.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Julian Beck on 5th June 2014 6:01pm

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Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios3 years ago

Did they have to pay for this advert?

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Tim Carter Designer - Writer - Producer 3 years ago

The mobile gaming experience is a throwaway, time-wasting one.

True electronic gaming will always be on a large screen. If you respect it, you'll get a system to do it right.

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