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16 February 2005



by focusing on the somewhat fossil-hunting activity of sharing static music files, i think the ppl developing the handheld convergence are missing a major trick.

in a few days time, the nintendo DS will be unleashed onto the social network of cashed-up 18-35s. i work near a shop that's been demoing these handheld game devices, and i've never seen the levels of enthusiasm for a new product as i have for these little puppies. ppl are literally stopping in their tracks and walking in to the shop for the chance to experience the DS first hand. levels of interest commensurate with a free lunchtime lingerie parade/chocolate tasting.

and what does it do, this DS? it offers users the ability to form spontaneous LANs and play games/interact over those wireless networks.

video gaming is the cultural technology of the 21st century as cinema was of the 20th. the n-gage, a half-hearted attempt at meeting the needs of this cultural aspect of the convergence, didn't go far enough, and wasn't successful enough to capture the attention of the convergence gurus. which is a pity.

i predict that in five years' time, mobile gaming will be as, if not more, significant in ppl's sociocultural landscapes than TV is now. they will discuss the gamescapes that they inhabit in the same way that they currently discuss 'desperate housewives', or other viral TV shows.

i believe that the ability to interact with others in a socially meaningful way will be a more compelling hook for emerging handheld technology than the opportunity to steal, swap, and listen to the pet shop boys greatest hits on your phone.

and the sooner we stop calling these things in our pockets 'phones', the better.

Neville Hobson

Thoughtful commentary, wegglywoo, thanks. An interesting take, re mobile gaming, one that I've read others speaking about too.

Mobile gaming, phones, music, podcasting... it's all extremely meaninful in the context of what you say: "i believe that the ability to interact with others in a socially meaningful way will be a more compelling hook for emerging handheld technology than the opportunity to steal, swap, and listen to the pet shop boys greatest hits on your phone."

What I want is one device that can do all such things!

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