Social gaming and social networking have had an enormous impact on the mobile gaming industry. They have influenced everything from how games are designed to how players interact with them. But developers are betting big that mobile gaming can grow beyond that. The latest in advanced mobile technology , like Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, has made it possible for game designers to take off the shackles. Today's titles are more robust, complex, and rich in gameplay than ever before. The notion that mobile games and console games are to be forever separate is already an outdated one. By appealing to the casual and hardcore gamer alike, can mobile games account for half of the market before the decade is over? How about ever? Only time will tell.
In a SXSW panel with experts in interactive storytelling, gaming, and virtual reality, the audience learned that it’s all about letting the story dictate the medium, and letting the medium engross the “viewers.” But we’re not just viewers anymore, are we? We’re engagers and interactors.
To properly estimate what kind of effect cloud computing will have on the video game industry, we must first look at how video games are currently using the cloud. Perhaps the most common use of cloud computing at the moment is cloud storage. Gamers have the opportunity to save games onto cloud servers provided by gaming bigwigs like Microsoft and Sony.
Will mobile gaming ever kill the console? Consumers in the US are still using all four screens and likely will for decades to come, but it could happen. Ultimately players have to make a choice as to how they spend their gaming dollars and as mobile gaming continues to grow in both quality and scope a shift could happen – maybe even overnight.