The movie and music industries often have trouble adapting to new technologies.
Case in point - the movie business was quite weary of the VCR when it first hit Tokyo streets. Similarly, the music business was treading carefully with compact discs, and were afraid that DAT (Digital Audio Tape) would destroy the business. Not to mention they refused to figure out a way to work with Napster, which ended up decimating the business.
But as much as the video game market goes up and down, the industry has always been very adaptable to changes in how and where you can play.
Personally, I can still remember getting new home consoles all the time back in the Atari and Nintendo days, and today’s society seems to be moving along very easily with the changing ways you can play games. As we’ve seen with movies and music, the key to this generation is access - rather than having the best console in the world to play something on.
As CNBC reports, there’s a move with companies to try and make smartphones into game controllers. Two of these companies, Bladepad and iMpulse, have also attempted to raise money for their innovations through Kickstarter, and playing titles via Bluetooth controllers, iPhones and Android could one day be the dominant way of gaming, rather than on a PC or console.
Indeed, smartphone shipments remain on track to hit 1.7 billion by 2017, so it makes sense for gaming to be more smartphone friendly. As one executive told writer Julia Boorstin, "The quality of mobile games is improving with faster processors and better displays on smart phones and tablets. This has caused a migration of gamers at the more casual end of the spectrum away from dedicated consoles and handhelds towards mobile phones and tablets."
CNBC also reports that companies like Electronic Arts are putting several of their biggest titles, like Madden Football, on smartphones, where you can play for $5 a game. EA also hopes that players will keep playing on consoles along with smartphones and tablets, using the analogy of snacking on mobile games in the daytime, and having "a proper meal" later at night.
With the ups and downs of the gaming business, along with the business moving towards digital downloading and free gaming to try and beat the pirates, it makes smart business sense to have games available in as many venues possible.
With a big game season right around the corner with Halo 4 and Call of Duty, there will certainly be plenty of people playing games, no matter how they play them, or what hardware they’re playing them on.