The Coin-Op Question: Is Mobile Gaming The Future?

Real Talk By: KJ, T-42, J. Valdez, and Vex

KJ here, In this very special Coin-Op question, I had to pull together more of the crew to tackle this head-on. We were chatting it up online about the big quotation from Konami’s CEO Hideki Hayakawa “Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies.

Then we weighed in.

J. Valdez: No, mobile is convenient, and easy, but it’s not the same. I can’t sit and play a game on my phone for hours like I would on a console or on my PC. It can grow, and get better, but I can’t see it being the future.

T-42: That is my thought. I mean I have my 3DS XL and My Nividia Shield. I play more emulated stuff on my shield than I do actual mobile/tablet games on the Shield and well then there is Nintendo, I will always have Nintendo in my heart.

J. Valdez: I will say that too, I had the Sony Experia play, Sony quickly dropped support for it, but I think it was the best mobile emulation device made. I’m actually thinking of picking one up again because of it. Hows the shield? Nintendo will always have a spot with me too, that’s what I think of when I think mobile. Phone games are just convenient cause I have it on me at all times.

T-42: The Shield has proven to be an amazing device, people are emulating PC games on it now, still beta but you can play some stuff like Starcraft on it, and one guy got Tie Fighter working on it and that’s an old DOS game. (well the original was) Android is a powerful OS for Mobile and add the right hardware and it becomes a killer. I can hook it up to a TV add a few Bluetooth controllers and Play Goldeneye 64… Just saying. 


J. Valdez: I kind of want to get one, but I have an iPad (sorry for saying that, not at all saying they are the same), so other than gaming, it’s just another tablet to me, and I still haven’t been able to justify it. It does sound great for emulating, and that may be the selling point for me in the future, but right now I can’t see myself using it as much since I’m rarely home enough to play games as it is.

T-42: Well they have the Shield portable the Shield Tablet and now they are making the Shield Console all of which can stream your PC games to them as well. I have the portable one. If I had a living room and a big TV/projector I would get the console version.

Vex: Perhaps that’s why Kojima is no longer with the company he makes games for people like myself I love being immersed by a TV that could blind a 5-year-old and a surround sound that after your 30th birthday every sentence is followed by “huh”. I like cinematic experiences I’m not big on handheld some folks enjoy it but I think its marketing on their behalf that they make such a statement they would prefer to spend less to make a game and push it as the future then to take the risk of a production like Kojima’s they can keep their future I like my present (drops mic, that is all).

KJ: In the future there wont be a difference between console and mobile. I expect dual functionality with no graphical compromises.

T-42: Yea like 15 to 20 years in the future when it’s all integrated and with the flick of the finger what you were doing on your handheld device is now on your wall.

Weekly Question: Is Mobile Really where the future of gaming lies?

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