What is Mobile Gaming?

Hashan Madusanka
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Today we are going to discuss mobile gaming, and make sure to read our article about computer gaming.

Like computer gaming, mobile gaming is very famous among the community today. Basically a mobile game is a game (another program type) that can be played in more user-friendly devices than computers, like mobile phones or tablets mostly. Other than that today we can see people use smartwatches for gaming.

Mobile games
A very famous mobile game – Angry Birds : image from Playbrains

Story of Mobile Games

As we know the first known game on the mobile phone is ‘Tetris’ mobile game. Many 90’s people have played this game and also in the late 90’s ‘Snake’ game which is launched by Nokia. Facts say that this ‘Snake’ game is one of the most played games in worldwide. All of these early games are installed when the device is developed by the manufacturer.

But today, we basically use ‘app store’ or other portals to download games to our mobile devices. But even today some mobile phones have some games already installed in it.

Platforms in Mobile Gaming

We can observe several platforms in current mobile gaming trends. Mainly centered on Apple iOS and Android. But earlier there was Adobe Flash Lite, Sun’s Java, BlackBerry, and also Windows (Commonly known as ‘Windows phones’), etc.

In early 2000s there were a lot of Java-based mobile games too. Which were very much fun to play at that time but as time flows the gaming community needed more complex gameplay even from mobile games. So the developers had to move on to new technologies. This led to the usage of the game development engines like ‘Unity’.

As a result of the usage of complex development engines, today we have far more advanced gameplay experience in mobile games, just like computer games. But there are some limits in mobile gaming when comparing to computer gaming.

Limits in Mobile Gaming

As we all know, many mobile games today have a huge amount of gameplay experience. However comparing with computer gaming, we can clearly see the major differences between these two concepts.

Call of Duty Mobile Game Cover : Image from GameSkinny

File Size and Systems

When comparing an average PC Game and a mobile game, we can clearly identify that a mobile game’s file size is significantly lower than a particular computer game. For example, take the “Call of Duty: Mobile” game and it’s relative PC Game, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare”. The game sizes are very much different from one another. Developers do this because basically a mobile phone doesn’t have a huge amount of memory facility than a Computer. Hence mobile games don’t use huge and complex file systems as a computer game.

Scope and Detail Level

Usually mobile games are developed based on small story line (or none) to increase the ease of play. This also happens because of the memory and storage limitations in a mobile device. Basically developers thinks of innovation and increase user experience of a particular mobile game.

So you can’t expect the amount of detail levels in a PC game from a mobile game, but it ensures the ease of play with your closest devices.

Multiplayer Mobile Gaming

This is the most famous way to play with each other today. These mobile games support many players to compete in a single game at a given amount of time. These connections can be fixed via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or over a network.

Today we have synchronous multiplayer tournaments and asynchronous tournaments, where many players around the world can participate through social networks like ‘Facebook’.

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Conclusion

We know that from each way of mobile or computer gaming, a player expects a pretty good experience. Each way has its own pros and cons. As players, we need to identify the requirements of our own and play according to them.

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