The Evolution of Mobile Gaming from 1998 to Now
Do you remember the first cell phone ever made? If you do, then you’re probably too old for youngsters to consider cool. Still, you can mesmerize them (or bore them) with stories about the first cell phone games that captured imaginations all over the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re reading this, then you have some connection to cell phone video games.
Sure, those beginning cell phone games didn’t look like much, but they were a major stepping stone towards a world of mobile Internet access and entertainment. Without simple, monochromatic games like Snake, we wouldn’t have awesome technology like the iPad, not to mention to numerous smartphones that have changed the way we live, communicate, and think.
Today you can buy a smartphone or tablet that destroys competition from a few years ago. That’s the nature of technology: every year means a new step forward. Still, it’s fun to look back at the past and compare those games to the ones people enjoy now. Games like Snake might look ridiculous today, but they were state-of-the-art back in the late 1990s, when few people could even afford cell phones.
Today’s cell phone users have become spoiled with high-definition games like Angry Birds. When you take a close look at the games leading up to Angry Birds and other popular entertainments created within the past few years, though, you can see how these small developments led towards something amazing.
Those of you who are too young to remember anything but high-def, full-color games have no idea what it was like to grow up with monochromatic games that an intelligent toddler could program on a larger computer. The idea that you could carry games in your pocket, however, revolutionized the way that people thought about interactive entertainment.
If it weren’t for past games that look like amateur work, today’s sophisticated games wouldn’t exist!