Everyone stop what you’re doing! I’m Joshua “Riknas” from Riknas Rants, and I have an important announcement to make. I have just taken both Paeroka and bookahnerk hostage at
gunpoint keyboard point and taken over the Nerdy Bookahs blog. So now I am ransoming them for one million dollars email, WordPress, and RSS subscriptions to my blog. In the event that you choose not to pay the ransom visit my site, I can not guarantee their safety.
Naturally, one of the first things to look at would be the current existence of would me Mobile MMOs, or MMMOs if you will.
…Don’t actually call them that, it’s silly.The first game to essentially kickstart the genre would most likely be Pocket Legends by Spacetime Studios, who have apparently dedicated themselves to taking ownership of the word “Legends” by sticking it in the title of each of their games, all the while being declared the pioneers of MMM- er, I mean Mobile MMOs. Please note the fact that I said “kickstart” the genre instead of simply “start” the genre. No doubt some of you already know this, but Pocket Legends is not the pioneer game for the genre. Rather, prior to Pocket Legends, the studio watAgame (Yes, that’s actually how it’s spelled) had made their own Mobile MMO, “Era of Eidolon” that actually dates to before 2006, and could be used on nearly any Java phone. Whereas today we rely heavily on phone “dashboards” or touch screens, Era of Eidolon was actually made with a standard numbered keypad in mind. Talk about getting to the party early, right? However, Era of Eidolon had not lived long enough to see the release of any other Mobile MMOs, and watAgame has been heavily reformatted since then.
It is with that in mind I should point out how absolutely amazing it is to see the Mobile MMO market expand as much as it has. In just over two years the number of Mobile MMOs has skyrocketed from one to over sixteen. Even the MMO explosion that came from World of Warcraft’s success pales in comparison to how quickly this genre has grown. Already, they have managed to fill out the different methods of game play, art style, and payment models. However, don’t let all those shiny and tiny games fool you into thinking they own the smartphone platform all to themselves, because the other MMOs know how to keep a presence there as well.
Blizzard, Cryptic, Icarus, Encylcopedia Britannica. At first, this may look like a list of MMOs. And…y’know, that’s pretty accurate, except for that last one. I’m not entirely sure how that link got in there.
But, that’s not all it is. It’s also the list of studios that made mobile apps to go along with their MMOs…except for Encyclopedia Britannica, but forget those guys. They suck.
Anyway, in today’s age, nearly everyone has a smart phone. And the people with those smart phones have plenty of ways to keep themselves busy what with all those apps they can play and work with. And seeing as how Mobile MMMOs have been progressing so rapidly, it’s not unreasonable to say they could start giving regular MMOs a run for their money. Because of that, it’s wise for regular MMOs to make sure they can maintain a presence on your borderline magical hand-held device.
Blizzard makes sure that you can keep a little piece of WoW with you wherever you go with their app, “World Of Warcraft Mobile Armory” which is described as, “…A portable reference that helps you keep track of your characters, access the Auction House, plan your adventures, and keep up with the activities of your guild.”
Similarly, the “Champions Companion” and cleverly named, “Fallen Earth Companion App” also help you keep track of your character and friends list, along with some minor differences. The great thing about them is that along with being a useful tool for subscribers and people trying out the game, it also acts as a minor advertisement for the game itself.
Of course, sometimes the game company doesn’t even need to bother, because their dedicated fans decided to do it for them. Surprisingly, Dungeons and Dragons Online has two such fan apps, one being “DDO Library” and the other, “DDO Herald” although both appear to have been made by the same user. Meanwhile, with the help of CCP’s “API” system which essentially offered “limited” and “full” access to character information, EVE Online has a huge number of smart phone apps and even regular computer programs dedicated to helping people keep track of their skills, ships, and even maps to help plot the safest or shortest routes through space. Even I used the iClone app for a good while for when I was subscribed to the game.
Although we may play MMOs on our computers, don’t neglect what you can put in the palm of your hand. Check out apps for your favorite online game, or be bold and try a smartphone MMO.
defusing the bombs signing off!