I remember the time when playing a video game I had to go to the arcades or visit a rich friend with a PC. I’d spent thousands of hours (and quarters) there as a kid, playing things like Jumping Frog (now available on Android by the way), Karateka, Moon Buggy, and so on.
Then I got my first console and it was an Atari 2600 – a pure classic now, quite basic then. I went through a Nintendo Famicom, Sega Mega Drive 2 and a few PlayStation consoles before getting myself a nice gaming PC.
But bear with me, this is not my life story (well, to a certain extent it is). The day I saw Final Fantasy VII in emulation on my Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray (with a 1GHz single-core processor and 512MB of RAM), I knew: games are going mobile, that’s for sure.
Well, then it all went downhill with all the microtransactions (I spent nearly $400 in Mobius Final Fantasy), and the idle game model, but anyway – people game on their cellphones these days – maybe except for a few hardcore gamers.
However, is it really so? I’ve seen the statistics – and they are overwhelming and not very helpful. Some argue that games account for 43% of all smartphone users or that 62% of people install a game on their phone within a week of purchasing it.
These numbers don’t appeal to me, so I’ve decided to start a simpler poll, asking you about your mobile gaming habits. Let’s see how it goes.