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Editorial: Mobile Connectivity Doesn't Inspire Confidence

Mobile device connectivity for console games is sneaking up on us. This is yet another one of the upcoming changes I don't think I can get behind along with pseudo-social everythingness.

I'd like to present to you a quote from a recent interview with Final Fantasy XV director Tetsuya Nomura on the solution for a problem that doesn't exist:

“I want to think about how to connect with mobile devices. The timing is perfect and PlayStation 4 is well equipped to connect with other devices. And what we’re doing is also in agreement with this possibility. I think in this day and age it’s difficult to sit in front of your TV for long periods of time, and there should be some way to connect with the world of Final Fantasy XV when you’re out as well.”

Really? Have we actually reached the point where we can't even sit in front of our damned television sets long enough to enjoy the games we buy? Is society so completely bereft of attention spans longer than a gnat's that we now have to constantly be jockeying with our cell phones and tablets as well as the controller to fully experience our video games?

Nomura isn't alone, other developers have confirmed integration with mobile devices with their flagship franchises. Tom Clancy's The Division will use the feature. Hideo Kojima has discussed mission creation for The Phantom Pain using tablets. Dead Rising 3 will let you call in air strikes with your phone.

Don't get me wrong, I've got no problem with adding features to a game that uses the latest technology. Some folks might even like having an integrated mini-game with them on the go, but some things about this just concern me.

For one, I consider this all to be extraneous and expensive additions to games that already cost too much to make and have enough release day bugs as it is. For another, everywhere I look I see gaming experiences that were once very well contained being spread thinly. They are spread across DLC, across platforms, across stopgap sequels, across a vague sense of “freedom,” across online multiplayer. I'm not sure I can bear another fracture in the core gaming experience.

Finally, I'm sick to death of phones and tablets interrupting daily experiences as it is. I need to have mine around to stay relevant in what I do just like a lot of you, but I'm already interrupted in my gaming enough as it is.

People will say “If you don't like it, don't use it,” but it's not that simple right? If you want a platinum trophy these days you have to play online, if you want to do well or see the whole story you have to buy DLC, and if you want to experience all of your game in the future you will probably have to constantly pause it and pick up your phone to mess around with some confusing application because apparently people can't sit in place for more than five minutes doing one thing.

9/25/2013 David D. Nelson

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 10:15:37 PM

I have a lot of sympathy with the view in this editorial, I have no interest in roping-in another screen to play a game with, it makes very little sense. I don't mind stat-tracking stuff and stuff you can _optionally_ do on the go that you can _also_ do on the main app on console/PC, but stuff that you _have_ to be on another device to enjoy is just silly (assuming the console can also do it, but there would be very few examples where this isn't the case).

Still, it is what it is. On the plus side, it's mainly the big, AAA games getting into this. Most of the indie titles seem to be staying much more 'pure', and it looks like we'll have plenty of choice there :).

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 11:43:08 PM

Really the only thing that I like about the connectivity PS4 will have with phones. Is that I can buy a game on my phone at work, and the PS4 will turn on at home and start downloading it.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 11:46:55 PM

dude, Nomura bro, do NOT force some BS into FFXV. Make the damn game and let people play it when they are home. This phone crap needs to die out.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 12:33:09 AM

I dont mind as long as it remains a option. Quantic Dream Beyond Two Souls is suppose to have mobile connectivity I believe its called Beyond Touch.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 3:52:10 AM

I just do not see the appeal. When i play a game I am very content with using one screen. There is no need for me to break the immersion by faffing about with a tablet at the same time.

GTA5 recently had an app to interact with the main game. You had it to customise your default vehicle and look after Chop. Small features in the game yes, but if you dont have a tablet you dog will always be miserable because there is no way in the game to look after him. That is my problem, if the app is offered as an alternative, fine. But if it has exclusive benefits which cannot be accesed in the main game itself then I have a huge problem with it.

It just seems with every advancement in the industry we're losing the simplicity of going to a shop, buying a game and being happy with it. I do miss them days.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 10:02:32 AM

You can look after Chop in the game. All you have to do is walk up to him, press R1 to take him for a walk and you can even toss a ball around and have him fetch. This will train him just as easily as the app.

I liked the app that coincided with NBA 2K13. It allowed you to play mini games that gave you XP points to use the next time you booted up the game. I played that app all the time. It helped me level my player. If done correctly, I have no problems with this.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 5:47:30 AM

this is just developers way of trying to make people spend all their time with a game.
which is just stupid, i mean i dont want to play the same game no matter where i am!
even if i could play GTAV on my phone i wouldent, why?
because thats what i do at home, you cant spend the whole day just doing one thing it would bore you out of your f*cking mind!

that said though one area the second screen can really come in handy is displaying information.
remove the HUD completely off the screen and display that stuff on the second screen.
or use the second screen to relay useful information like what M$ has been doing with smartglass.
or create a guide like application and developers can use that as their way to have people connected with their game whenever their out.
guides would come in handy, how many times have you been stuck in a area and turned your pc on just so you can hunt down a guide to help you get through it?
wouldent it be simpler to just look at your phone which is already displaying it because it detected you booting up the level moments ago?

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 6:55:48 AM

yeah i won't say i like all of it but i have seen a few things that cud be usefull no saying they are for every one but possibly useful and i say possibly cos i don't know how well theya re gunna be implemented yet so we'll have to wait and see if they can do it right.

happy gaming =)

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 8:14:23 AM

The article is spot on. I do agree with the attention span thing: do people really not have enough attention span to sit in their couches and not have to look at their phones while they play games?! Developers should focus on improving aspects of games instead of developing things a lot of people don't even care about.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 10:19:47 AM

And thus it begins. You just gave me a brain fart.

Ben I am on your side. Although those younger than me might say, get with it. No thanks. I want my gaming to simple and fun.

Mind you... it would be interesting to see someone on a cellphone on a bus, train or plain and request an air strike. Wonder how long the secret service might jump on them. lol. Just a thought.

BUT you have to admit? that you might have seen this all coming eventually. Gone are the days of turning on your game system, controller in hand and just having some fun. Now we have to try and make it as real as possible. Ahhhh.

Keep playing!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 2:47:46 PM

Please... Dreamcast did this years ago with it's little save card games.

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