My son is a gamer, through and through. Plays all night, sleeps, eats, then goes back to playing.
Drives me nuts, but that’s his thing, just like writing and posting and tweeting and media is my thing. He used to live on his computer and to some extent he still does. But now it’s starting to happen on his phone. Gamers like my son seem to be defecting from their handheld gaming devices to phones to get their gaming kicks,” says a new study from Interpret.
I always wonder about studies, but this one is based on a poll of 9,000 US customers, and showed a 53.2% increase in the use of mobile phones for gaming. NDS and PSP use, on the other hand, has fallen by 13%. That’s not surprising, is it? Not to me.
Mobile gaming is on the rise as smartphone technology continues to evolve. The Apple iPhone and its touch screen display is host to hundreds of games, while phones running Google’s Android OS offer a similar selection. “The proliferation of highly multifunctional smartphones and messaging phones is a very real threat to the dominance by the DS and PSP of the handheld gaming market,” the report says. “Devices which satisfy a variety of entertainment and utility are fast outstripping single-function devices as consumer favorites.”
The flexibility of mobile phones is their biggest selling point. They are phones, cameras, email devices, MP3 players, PDAs and gaming systems all in one pocket-sized package. Who would have believe it about 10 years ago?
Android and iPhone users get access to endless seas of content, from popular games like Angry Birds and Doodle Jump to streaming video, live sports results, and even real money Android Casinos and iPhone casinos offering games like slots and blackjack. Well, that’s all I had to hear. Blackjack on my phone.
Watch out new technology, here I come.