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How gaming on mobile phones evolved over the last 20 years

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Mobile phones are now an absolutely core part of the lives of most people and during the last 20 years they have undergone rapid technological advances that enable them to be used for multiple purposes. Instead of just being efficient devices for communicating on the move, mobiles now allow us to listen to music, watch videos and play games; making them entertainment centres. It is the gaming aspect that this article will look into, examining how this has changed during that period.

Mobile gaming really began back in the 1990s, even though the mobile phones that existed back then were a great deal more primitive than the ones we are used to today. During this time, retro games with simple graphics such as Snake and Pong became available to play on mobiles that had the Symbian operating system developed by Nokia. This was a period when Nokia was the market leader and major innovator and it essentially brought gaming to users of mobile phones. The most popular games that were available for 1990s Nokia phones were Snake, where you had to prevent a lengthening line from touching the sides of the screen, and space action game Space Impact. Nokia continued to be the mobile manufacturer that was pioneering new possibilities in mobile gaming when it launched the N-Gage phone in 2002. This was a direct bid to persuade console gamers to abandon them in favour of mobile, although it proved flawed due to issues with the controls and with the overall design – with the latter seeing it gain the unflattering nickname of ‘Taco phone’ due to its shape. Despite this, it was still a bold move by the company and indicated that gaming on mobile phones was a concept being taken seriously.

It was when the smartphone appeared on the scene that this really took off though, simply because it meant that there were finally phones with the technical specs to make gaming on them enjoyable. Smartphones are now used by 80 percent of those who also use the internet, with a large number of them being gamers. The internet connectivity has led to the rise of things like mobile casino websites such as those you can find on gamblinginsider.ca, which are spin-offs of standard online casinos, but with graphics that adjust to mobile browsers. These developments have made mobile gaming dependent on wi-fi connectivity in a way that it wasn’t in the past, but it has also led to the development of things like wireless controllers that are intended to enhance the mobile gaming experience. It has also seen sales of games apps go through the roof, with women now the dominant ones in terms of time spent playing them and money spent on in-app purchases.

As this piece has shown, mobile gaming has undergone a rapid evolution that few could have predicted back in the 1990s. Furthermore, with emergent tech such as virtual reality now moving into the mainstream, it is exciting to see what lies ahead for it.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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