I got a press release today from EA Mobile hyping the release of their new multiplayer Tetris game for mobile phones. While Tetris obviously isn't anything to write home about at this point (though it's still a classic game), it was interesting to see this memo in my Inbox alongside all sorts of PR missives touting "Mobile Web" this and "User Created Mobile Content" that to be shown off at CTIA in Orlando next week.
The personal computer caught on first as a tool for creating and editing documents (word processing, desktop publishing, etc.), but really took off as a communications device with the spread of the Internet. Cell phones are following something of an inverted path, having started out as "mere" mobile phones and now turning into portable mini-computers. As handset capabilities increase and mobile broadband connections reach faster speeds, clever software and service providers should seek out new ways to connect, entice, and entertain us wherever we are.
To quote from EA Mobile's press release:
?As the world flattens, a widening demographic of mobile consumers look to their mobile devices as a source for entertainment. EA Mobile is entering the multiplayer gaming space at just the right time, as our data indicates that mobile games consumption is on an upswing, with 9.1 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers reporting they played a downloaded game in January. EA Mobile's leading mobile games Tetris and Bejeweled, are excellent venues to introduce multiplayer to the mainstream,? said Seamus McAteer, Senior Analyst, M:Metrics.
Indeed. Don't be surprised to see Second Life on a mobile phone near you before too long...
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