Tuesday, April 04, 2006

WSJ Article: Latest Cellphone Games

Today's Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about some companies are finally getting ready to deliver the kinds of mobile phone experiences that they've always promised. Apparently there are a couple of companies, including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's LivePlanet, that are putting out games that let you use GPS tracking to play real-life games like tag. Just as promised, what, five years ago, players can sign up their friends, then each player is given a "target" to "hunt" for. When the target is spotted and in range, you can push a "capture" button to get them. Of course, the catch is that someone is doing the same to you. I love the idea of these games and I could see great games happening on campuses across the country in the near future. But to make it even better on those same campuses, integrate drinking in there somewhere. Talk about a killer-app.

[Btw, sorry, but I can't link to the article, since WSJ requires a subscription to read their articles.]


At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Robbie said...

Count me as a believer -- it may be cliche to say that mobile is the future (i just bought a cingular 8125 Windows Mobile PocketPC --woohoo!) -- but it's true.

I just think it'll be a while before we're really there.

A friend of mine in the mobile "biz" made an interesting comment to me: 98% of the world are on dumb, text only phones and get charged extra for text messaging--and many don't even know what it is.

As a mass-market vehicle, i think it has a way to go. Niche stuff, targeted at a known audience with the right gear, is the way to go.

It's sort of like we're backin 1997 and we're talking about how watching video on the World Wide Web is the "future of the internet." We were certainly right, it just took 8 years to get to a point where the technology became ubiquitous.


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