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Articles - Mobile Phone Games
Which Way Are Mobile Phone Games Heading?
by Peter Lenkefi
Aside online games and static game devices like Playstation,
mobile games are the next most popular games around now.
The popularity has grown so big that mobile operators
are competing against each other by offering their subscribers
loads of both free and paid games for their pleasure.
Not only mobile operators, cell phone manufacturers are
also pre-programming their phones with a variety of games.
The growing interest in mobile gaming is producing a lot
of benefits for the mobile industry. The operators are
deriving sizable revenue from selling these games, software
developers are regularly deriving royalties from phone
manufacturers and the manufacturers themselves are cashing
in heavily on revenue from subscribers. You will appreciate
the level of income in this are if you consider the fact
that by the year 2009, there would be 220 million mobile
phone game fans in the world.
Now lets delve into the kinds of games we have around:
We have the embedded games that are factory coded into
the phones, SMS games that operate by interacting with
a SMS server upon which the game resides and browser games
that are played online using the cell phones mini browser.
Of all these games the cheapest and most popular is the
inbuilt ones though the excitement offered by SMS and
online games are not a deterrent to people who would spend
every dime to get hooked on. The reason is browser games
are of multi-media origin and can be compared to the type
experienced on Playstation or xbox.
There are several ways to develop mobile games though
the most popular language used are C++, Java and Binary
Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) platform .
Out of these three, Java is the most popular method. The
reason is obvious java is widely supported by the
web and supported by all the principal phone manufacturers.
Again a medium like J2ME is open source and thus cheap
to use as a development medium.
Java as we know it is highly portable across platforms
and leaves developers with little worry that their program
will not work on certain phones. Programmers choose this
language platform because it does not interfere with programs
running natively on the phone.
But in reality the future of mobile game development is
in MIDP 2.0 API which is a compilation of high end applications
that allow developers to come up with sophiscated and
highly interactive games for fans. It is fast to use and
ensures a stable program after compilation.
It is projected that this program, though futuristic,
shall be the standard for mobile game developers for a
long time as it exhibits versatility and the quick deployment
qualities programmer love.
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