We’re in a golden age of gaming.
While the greatest years of entertainment like music and movies are behind us, video games have never been more popular — and they have never been better either. The reason why can be attributed to one invention: the smartphone.
Why is it only the golden age now? Well, I think the industry slowly became more and more complex when arcade games made the move to consoles. If you hadn’t played a game before it was difficult to master, and that’s not to mention the complicated controls and playing systems that you had to navigate to get there in the first place. It made video gaming a niche.
However, in the era of the smartphone, I believe gaming has become a pass-time that anyone can enjoy regardless of age or gender. That’s why we’re in a golden age. Everyone knows how to use their phone and thus everyone knows how to play a game on it. What’s more: because of the advanced technology of these devices, the games are frequently very, very good.
Just a decade ago, as an avid console gamer, I found it difficult to imagine innovative and groundbreaking titles being available on your phone. Yes, I had the likes of Snake and Solitaire on my phone, but games that allowed me to step into fascinating worlds and experience exciting gameplay were only found elsewhere. Phones were primarily just tools for communication – text messaging, calling and e-mailing (if you were really fancy!) Gaming had little or no place on my phone.
Today, phones contain games that are critically acclaimed, award winning and have the potential to become global phenomenons. We have the immensely popular and addictive ‘Angry Birds’ to the multi-award winning masterpiece by Telltale Games ‘The Walking Dead’ (pictured above).
It’s hard to find a phone that doesn’t provide you with the ability to experience these games. No longer are handsets just storing numbers to call; they’re consoles with thousands of puzzles, challenges and missions that you can install from the app store and attempt to complete. Games and numbers are now two very separate entities, but ones that exist on the same device.
I hope to explore many of the best smartphone games, from the biggest blockbusters to the smallest independent releases, on this blog.
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