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Posted: Nov 29th 2007 5:03PM (Unverified) said

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Glad I'm not the only one who has thought about this. I mean this is more than just giving the person 24/7 access to the game wherever they are. It is about giving people alternative ways to play different aspects of the game and thus allow more casual gameplay.

I mean in EVE Online, I've seen some people just continually buy items low and sell them at higher prices later all in one station (ammunition is a good example of this). Well having a mobile phone with a basic mobile interface for EVE to do some basic things on the market would be a boon for many players. You could be on the way home from work, sitting on a bus, and you could be buying and selling millions worth of items in EVE.

It also allows game developers to open the door for alternative interfaces which allows for more casual gamers to be able to participate in the game. Often this can be done by designing the game with metagames (mini-games within the main game, like Puzzle Pirates). Therefore the metagame becomes a simplified mini-game that they can be played on their mobile device. Yet in playing the game, that person might be helping their community (i.e. guild, corporation, etc) in the process.

This is the thing that game developers have to truly take advantage of: diversity. Everyone likes different aspects of a game, some combat, some social, others money making, and so on. So for those who enjoy combat, they may have to have a computer with a great graphics card to be able to engage in FPS combat. For a commander though, with a tactical RTS style 2D overlay, they often don't need that much horsepower and potentially a support commander (assisting the main commander) could even do so using a mobile device, since the most crucial thing they are doing is making the right choices as to where to allocate resources.

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