Is Mobile Gaming Just as Much Fun or Just Not the Same? [Poll]

With gaming systems now entering the mobile market, both iOS and Android, and gaming systems having their own mobile devices even, you have to wonder how much of a draw this is for gamers. Is the experience of playing games on a mobile just as much fun as the desktop gaming or is it just not the same?

It’s certainly a handy concept – to play games either on a dedicated mobile device or to have apps on a mobile phone or tablet, but how does the mobile gaming experience compare to playing on a gaming system. Sure, the occasional gamers are probably going to get just as much enjoyment out of playing no matter what type of system or device it’s on. But what about those real hardcore gamers? They like to make a lot of noise about system advantages such as screen size and capabilities, but is the mobile game business making enough changes to make it comparable to a larger gaming system?

Does maneuvering a hot sports car through Grand Theft Auto compare on a phone like it does on a gaming system hooked up to your flat-screen TV? And can you beat the advantage of being able to play Angry Birds in line at the store, waiting in a doctor’s office, or in between classes at a university?

Is mobile gaming just as much fun or just not the same?

Image credit: Gamescom 2012 – 3

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

One comment

  1. There needs to be another option in the Poll. Mobile gaming will never live up to a dedicated console, but mobile gaming is fun for quick games when you don’t feel like carrying a +30″ TV, game console, controller, assorted cables, power inverter (if you want to play in your car), mobile hotspot, etc.

    Basically, each type of gaming has its place. There is no reason for there to be any conflict between them. Its like Windows, OSX, Android. Some people insist on trying to make themselves feel better by putting others down, instead of making the choices you like and letting everyone else make their own choices as well.

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