Monday, January 31, 2005
This weekend, I almost succumbed to my lingering desire for a Nokia N-Gage and bought one; however, I didn't -- I'm stuck to which one I should buy (plus, I don't really need another phone). The QD has better usability, looks better, but lacks Tri-Band (I couldn't use it in the States) capability ... if the QD would have been Tri-Band, too, I would have bought it long ago.
Anyway, I'm not a big gamer -- but I DO play games a few online games -- My father is a Black Hawk Down & Joint Operations maniac (Yes, my father, you heard right). I haven't paid for one of these games -- as they generally come out in the states before Europe, my father ships them out to me ... he calls me on Skype to play all of the time. As I said, while not a big gamer, it's fun to occassionally gut my father with a K-Bar or shoot him in the head -- we have a grand time taunting each other over Skype as we play (Where are you you little shit he says....). When we're on the same team, we coordinate our attacks -- straight forward and good stuff -- opposite sides of the world, but in virutal space, right there duking it out with the best of them side by side ... Hold on, this is going somewhere ...
Back to the N-Gage -- the device has been knocked, but it's starting to get its due props because of games like Pathway to Glory and its online gaming capabilities. If I were the Marketing Director at N-Gage -- I'd go full throttle on online/multi-player gaming over GPRS/EDGE & Bluetooth (Ad-Hoc Gaming). This is where the device excels over other dedicated gaming consoles ... you won't catch me playing games at home against the computer, but put me against other humans -- be it silly games like Sumo Volleyball or Black Hawk Down, and I'm down to waste a few minutes of my valuable time -- Nokia, if you're listening .... there is your niche, your beachhead -- what are you waiting for ... ???