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Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 2:19PM (Unverified) said

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Mobility will always be limited as long as we can only use LCD or similar screens. The size is the limit on that, go too big and you become a tablet just like a netbook sized up is a laptop.

High definition can solve this up to a point, but then it just starts getting cluttered or in some cases too small to see. This is why games with simple controls or themes do well on smaller devices (especially ones with only touchpad). Anything more complex than tapping buttons or icons on the screen starts to clutter the playable area.

Tablets are fine, but unless you have a keyboard then the ability to communicate with others begins to be hampered. Some tablet MMOs may eventually get around this with voip, but then that takes away from the mobility as you don't want to be giving out group commands in the waiting room at the dentist.

Folding screens are something of a backward way of thought too as you are essentially just making a large screen more portable, not solving the problem of not having a large item in the first place and losing some mobility. You will lose the ability to pack it up quickly with a folding screen. I could see a roll up style screen on a flexible material, but we aren't quite there as far as tech level yet.

For now, most folks are going to be satisfied with simple games, or are going to regulate gaming to home or a laptop where the peripherals are there and the games are able to be more immersing.

I still haven't seen a mobile MMO that is worthy of my purchase or time and since I don't find a tablet worth buying till they resolve some issues (and I'm not an apple fan) I'm fine with laptops and my home PC.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 2:40PM kimowar said

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Although it looks like wow, Order and Chaos is the only mobile mmo that feels like a real mmo, it has an open world, the legend games are more of a dungeon runners with a hub, kinda like pso.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 4:10PM Alarie said

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If Order and Chaos would run on ASUS Transformer I would check it out, but they (Gameloft) seem to think it's not a worthy tablet, despite being sold out everywhere.

Posted: Dec 24th 2011 4:54PM Space Cobra said

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Hey Beau, you forgot to mention some of the apps/devices one can use to play such games on your TV screen/monitor at home.

Sure, they tend to be made by smaller companies, but it is a way to play on the couch. I think Engadget covered one such devices. Kinda hard to find, but they are out there and it would be nice for more things to be broadened up, not just games, IMO, but all apps. Mind you, it may be a bit frivolous, but it sorta is like the old device that let you play gameboy games on your TV via Gamecube. It can show flaws, but if you are invested in some of these games (or even a way to watch streaming movies from your phone in your hotel room), it would be nice to get the word out.

The apps for Wizard101 and Fallen Earth are excellent and I was hoping for such things that compliment their bigger MMO brethren with in-game benefits.

Posted: Dec 24th 2011 6:46PM chuckasucka said

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Guild Wars 2 might be taking the right approach. I hope we hear more about that soon.

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