Gaming in 2014: the Year of Mobile Games?

Gaming in 2014: the Year of Mobile Games?

Gaming in 2014: the Year of Mobile Games?

While the majority of young people and gaming fanatics will be asking Santa for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 this Christmas, it’s worth remembering that there are plenty of other gaming platforms out there that are serious contenders to the console for the title of the “King of the Gaming Platforms.”

 Over the years, we’ve moved away from the traditional King, the arcade game, especially in the UK where there are very few arcades left and those that are still around offer simulators such as Gran Turismo as opposed to the more traditional games like Pac Man. The console remains popular right around the world with new titles released across the range of genres on what seems to be a weekly basis, but online and mobile gaming have come to the fore front in recent months, with the meccabingo slots and Angry Birds, to name just two examples, proving to be among the most popular.

The Internet and mobile devices have changed how we perceive gaming. No longer is the perception of geeky teenage boys playing in their bedroom all alone with multiple screens, a bowl of popcorn and the lights turned off reality. Sure, they might be sitting alone in their room, but thanks to the web, they can now play with and against their friends, communicating via live chat features or head-sets. 

While everything we could possibly want from a game is a possibility – the enjoyment factor, the latest innovations, and the ability to play with friends – the ability to play anytime, anywhere is possible thanks to the development of mobile devices and the number of games made with these features in mind. Smartphones and tablet computers are everywhere, and the quality of the processors and graphics have made them the ideal platform for gamers to get their quick-fix of lunchtime or evening-commute gaming.

Throughout 2013, the top of the download charts on smartphones and tablets have been regularly taken up by games, in the free and paid-for categories. Titles such as Temple Run, and even the FIFA series have made topped the charts, keeping children entertained on long journeys for hours, as well as helping us to find out few minutes of relaxation with a quiz app that we’ve downloaded to get away from everyday life.

In 2014, mobile gaming will explode further… Yes this is possible!

Amanda Walters

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