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Mobile adventuring: mobile role playing games

Submitted by on September 17, 2007 – 7:02 pmNo Comment

Playing games on mobile phone has become a favorite pastime by many people all over the world. Mobile phone games are very accessible forms of entertainment. You can play a game wherever you are at whatever time as long as you have your mobile phone with you. It is also the inherent nature ofmobile phone games that you can pick it up when you feel like playing and then pause or stop the game when you are already busy. What is more, mobile phone games are practically inexpensive forms of instant entertainment – a great proposition especially for those who are very conscious about their expenses (especially their entertainment expenses).

Because of the recent advances in mobile phone technology, mobile phone games are becoming more and more sophisticated as the years progress. We are so far away from its infancy, as famously represented by the moving gray pixels of Snake. We now see fully immersive graphics that are in full color, well rendered and, in some cases, even come in 3D. Mobile phones have transcended its original purpose for mobile communications. It is has also morphed into a portable gaming device.

Just like other gaming platforms, mobile games also come in different genres. There are action games, strategy games , puzzles, simulations, there are even highly specialized genres like first person shooters and stealth games.

One genre though that would otherwise look strange inside a mobile phone but surprisingly works in the real world are role playing games. When you first consider it, role playing games or RPGs do not seem like such a good idea when played in mobile phones. There are limited controls, which limit not only the movement and action but the customization options as well. The limited screen real estate would also severely limit the immersive experience that is part and parcel of any good role playing game.

But it does work. Role playing games have made a great transition from traditional gaming platforms into mobile phones. And even though there are obvious limitations when compared to their console and PC counterparts they are still possess the kind of addictive fun that gamers have learned to expect.

One reason why role playing games are generally popular and translate well to mobile phones is the emphasis on storytelling. Much like the text-based role playing games of old, the current crop of mobile phone role playing games have put more emphasis on how the story unfolds and develops as you progress deeper and deeper into the game.

Mobile phone role playing games can also be seen as a sort of interactive novel that enables you to see how a story develops while also being aware of your schedule. For example, even if you are very busy you can pick up on an adventure or quest you may have started previously and complete some tasks in order to finally complete the quest and start on a new quest. The very nature of the game allows one to pick up a game at any point and then stop when he is already busy with work or other responsibilities.

Article Source: TechnoArti

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