Competitive Mobile Gaming; Go or No?
INSIDER ESPORTS - New columnist David "tehkorean" Kim talks about mobile gaming and its place in the future.
Gaming has always come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to the point that we’ve went from a computer to our very small cell phones as gaming devices. It shows how strong technology has become and how it’s shaping the future of gaming with devices smaller and more advanced. We have even come to the point where we can implement touch screens and accelerometers as parts of the game because of this new incredible technology.
However what does this mean for E sports? Does it mean that in the future we’ll be playing CS by moving our Iphones in a certain direction and touching the screen (which I hope never happens.) Or using the Nintendo DS and play Dead or Alive 4 to throw punches using the touch screen? I or anyone else that you ask will not know what’s going to happen.
In a business sense the expansion of mobile gaming would be a very smart thing to do. I recently purchased an Ipod Touch and the first thing I did when I bought it was go home and purchase an app called “Watchmen: Justice is Coming” a MMORPG based on the Watchmen comic books and movie.
I must admit there was a huge amount of bugs and glitches still present in the game; however the graphics and just the pure fact that I was able to battle against players from around the world in a device as small as the Ipod Touch just did not cease to amaze me.
Also the game was very fun to play and it appeals to me because it’s a fun game available on the go in a very small package. The fact is the average American consumer will buy these products because they’re just very cool to have and fun to use. Just being able to play a MMORPG on my Ipod got me hooked on playing on my Ipod more and it had me wondering what else this small device could do.
I am both fearful and hopeful for the future of Mobile gaming. I am fearful in the sense that as technology grows bigger and stronger some of favorite competitive games such as Counter Strike, Street Fighter 4, or even Quake will lose maybe some of its fan base or even revenue because so many people will be interested in the power of mobile devices.
However, I am also very hopeful in the sense that competitive gaming will be reaching out towards new audiences because of the new doors gaming items such as the Iphone, DS, or PSP can give to people.
In a sense, mobile gaming is a double edged sword that could swing in any direction. What I mean by that is it can either strengthen the competitive E sports community or it can severely hurt it all at the same time in a different type of shape, way, or form. Many will argue with me that this will never happen, but how can you say that when I was able to play an MMORPG that used to be only exclusively for PC’s on my Ipod? The technology is just simply amazing.
The overlying fact is that I might first sit down on my comfy chair, turn on my PC, and play some Counter Strike. Than a couple hours later you might see me laying flat on my bed playing Watchmen: Justice is Coming. I would still have a lot of fun playing both games despite the big difference in how they’re played or on what device I play them on.
I just hope that the future of E sports will never be overshadowed by the rise of the Mobile Gaming powerhouse and that E sports will one day grow big enough to be able to incorporate a form of Mobile Gaming somehow.
However, for now only time will truly reveal if Mobile Gaming will be the new hip form of playing competitive E sports and than we’ll see if Mobile gaming really is a go or no.
Photo taken from Computer Weekly.