Gaming oportunities

Kent Karlsson kentk at
Mon Jan 22 05:59:28 CET 2007


What do you guys think about creating a nice lib which makes it easy  
for games to support different multiplayer modes?

Live connection over Bluetooth and/or GPRS (Perhaps mixed). Play by  
mail over email or sms. It would be awesome if we could switch  
between the modes as well for games where it makes sense.

I realize that it won't be hard for any game to add the support, but  
keeping friends list and creating everything on a per-game basis is  
just plain unnecessary.

-- kent

On 21 jan 2007, at 20.40, Jeff Andros wrote:

> tron? like this?( I'm down. we've got  
> agps, and the data link should be fast enough to relay position  
> data.  it's a whole lot more manageable on the bike... could make a  
> case for that environment hardened device.
> On 1/16/07, el jefe delito <eljefedelito at> wrote:
> Some of the easier ideas could be:
> 1. Tic-Tac-Toe: grid changes colour for the Red player's turn, or  
> Blue player's turn
> 2. Connect Four: grid also changes colour
> 3. Checkers
> 4. Chess
> 5. Gem Drop (already GPL, some info here 
> preview/9259 )
> 6. that addictive Photo game where you have to spot the 5  
> differences in x seconds
> 7. KMines or something like MS's Minesweeper
> 8. Tron? :)
> On 1/16/07, Wil Chung < iamwil at> wrote:
> Hi, this is my first time posting, I'm just been lurking so far.   
> Looks like everyone, including myself is excited about openmoko.
> Engin's recent post on controls had me thinking:  Why do we have  
> buttons in games?  But I think we had buttons to control games  
> because early game makers didn't have direct interactivity with the  
> game elements, and the closest thing they had were the buttons as  
> controls.  But now that we're a step closer to direct manipulation  
> of game objects, we want to put buttons on it.  I'm not sure this  
> is the right way to go, because it seems like we're trying to  
> retrofit things.
> I have to admit, tactile feedback is pretty important in how we  
> interact with our devices.  However, when it comes to playing  
> games, I see no reason to put direction buttons, shoot and jump  
> button as artifacts on the screen.  Why not use the touchscreen as  
> a way to directly manipulate game elements?  NintendoDS could be a  
> guide here.
> Just as a suggestion for first-person shooters, couldn't the  
> tracing of the finger on the screen correspond to where the player  
> character is looking, and a tap to shoot?  And the soccer game that  
> you just mentioned, couldn't the dribbler of the ball move to where  
> your finger is, and pass or shoot to where you tap?
> the main problem with touch screen controls is you cannot give the  
> user "my hands fits on this button" feeling. this feeling makes the  
> players comfortable about controlling the characters, etc. on th  
> screen.
> as i said before, also virrtual keypads can be used, or just  
> touching can be a great idea for games... we had some experiences  
> with touchscreen gaming, and the users mainly don't like to playimg  
> doom-like games with a touchscreen, they feel more comfortable with  
> arcade style games... gamers mostly used to a controlling device  
> like joypads, mouse, or keyboards nowadays. and as we experienced,  
> gamers like the analog joysticks of gamepads most. because it gives  
> the feeling of really controlling the character on the screen. but  
> with ipod usage, people used to control simple and touch input  
> device... and now they like mainly no button idea. so that this is  
> an advantage for touch screen games. and also people nowadays like  
> playing arcade games on every playform (even the next-gen gaming  
> consoles).
> maybe another problem is the response time of the touch screens.  
> this could effect the gameplay experience.
> the main problem can be the usage of the screen. this is what Nokia  
> N-Gage bumps onto wall. they didn't used a psp like widescreenish  
> screen for gaming. and this became a huge limitation for game  
> developers. If there is a vertical usage oportunity in games, then  
> the games can be more attractive for people. i want to tell you  
> about one of my experiences. we've developed two soccer games for  
> mobile phones (a j2me game, not a s60 game). in the first edition  
> we used the screen as n-gage used, people liked the game but in the  
> second edition we usd the screen in vertical position. then the  
> number pad became like a joypad for right hand. and the area of  
> usage became incredibly beatiful. it triple the first edition  
> downloads and people returned incredibly beatiful comments to us.  
> because there was no (maybe 1-2 more) games that uses the screen of  
> mobile phones vertical.
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