Posts Tagged "Mobile Games"

Can Sony’s PSP Phone Succeed?

Can Sony’s PSP Phone Succeed?

We’ve heard the rumblings and the rumors, and now it’s pretty much confirmed: The PlayStation Phone (PSP Phone) is coming. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but presumably in time to give the iPhone, Android handsets, and Nintendo 3DS something to think about. In short, the smartphone and handheld gaming market is going to get a wee bit more crowded. That’s why Sony should think very hard about its reasons for developing and releasing the...

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Why So Many Developers Are Dying

Why So Many Developers Are Dying

Video games need some kind of a budget before they’re able to blink into existence. A game like Halo: Reach costs tens of millions of dollars to produce, distribute, and advertise. The three-person developer team putting together the latest viral hit for the iPhone App Store also needs to pay rent on the hovel they rent at the edge of downtown. Even the teenage kid tinkering with some Pong clone needs a steady influx of Doritos and Mountain Dew to keep...

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Why Google’s Android OS is a Failure

Why Google’s Android OS is a Failure

Google has shown some recent conviction about the business of games. Relative to the Android platform, however, the company has some work to do.  The good news is that Android is ramping up and a lot of devices are selling. Android has the potential to be a platform comparable to Apple’s iOs by 2012.  But as a game platform right now, Android strikes out. It is a well-known fact that the supply of good quality games on Android lags far behind what...

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10 Things Needed for Mobile Games Success

10 Things Needed for Mobile Games Success

Western fascination with the iPhone has invigorated the mobile games and content market, but here are ten things that must happen for mobile to fulfill its enormous destiny: 1.  It’s About the Mobile Web The principles that have made the World Wide Web such a huge success have to be enabled on mobile networks and devices. This includes innovative and healthy content supply chains, social value, viral spread, viral discovery, free trial, and having a variety of...

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Has Mobile Gaming Lost Its Way?

Has Mobile Gaming Lost Its Way?

Last week a friend and well-respected recruiter in the gaming industry asked me to send over an updated resume for his files. Immediately I received a reply which counseled me that, if I’m ever back out into the job market, I’d need to remove the mention of “mobile” from my CV and find suitable replacement terminology. “Use terms like ‘apps’, ‘casual games’ ‘DLC’ and ‘social’ wherever possible,” he recommended. Having been a fixture...

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