Yesterday’s article about Rovio taking pot-shots at Nintendo and Microsoft got me thinking, once again, about the world of mobile gaming. On the face of it, playing games on your smartphone is a poor substitute for the real deal. On the face of it.
Using a 4in touchscreen hardly compares to sitting in front of a 40in HD TV with surround sound and a proper physical controller. Yet somehow, in a lot of ways, it’s actually better. Behold the many reasons why:
Games like Gun Bros are free. That’s ridiculous when you think about it. True, Gun Bros in particular is one of those “freemium” apps out to tempt you with in-game purchases, but even the likes of Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies are only 59p. That’s barely enough to buy a friggin’ bar of chocolate these days.
Meanwhile, new X-Box, PS3 and Wii games will set you back £30-40.
Fancy some new gameage on your phone? Just pop into the App Store or Android Market. Job done. No shopping around for the best price or waiting for Amazon to deliver. This is the 21st century, baby. We want stuff and we want it NOW.
Play games on the toilet, at work, on the toilet at work; anywhere you like. I used to dedicate a ludicrous amount of time to console gaming, but now, with sprinklings of mobile gaming throughout the day, I no longer feel the urge.
Ok, that’s a lie. The urge isn’t quite as strong as it used to be.
Games like Angry Birds are perfect for a quick blast here and there. Squeeze a couple of levels in on the train then go about your business. Conversely, home gaming is far less spontaneous. Before settling down to GTA IV on the X-Box (or PS3, sorry), you really have to ask yourself if you’ve got a spare few hours.
Technically a Nintendo DS or Sony PSP might be better than a smartphone, but can you really be bothered lugging around another device? For guys, it necessitates carrying around some sort of bag, and bags are for girls. Wallet, keys, phone; we’re set. On our phones, we can text, game and/or listen to music. All bases covered.
Mobile games developers are forever releasing free updates with new content and levels and tweaks. More often than not, console games hit the shelves and that’s the end of the story, unless there’s some major buggage. It’s very rare that you’ll find free downloadable content (Capcom being one of the notable exceptions).
So there you have it. Playing games on your iPhone or HTC Desire or whatever is better than gaming on your PS3 or Xbox or Wii. Tear me to pieces in the comments below.
Note: I’m clearly being a provocative git here, not to mention a big fat hypocrite. I’ve spent countless hours playing Fallout 3 recently, but I make a good point, no?