Blog Banter 12: Eve On Mobile Devices? Eh.
Welcome to the twelfth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!
This month’s banter comes to us from CrazyKinux himself, who asks the following: First there was the MMO on the PC, and now with the recent announcement of DUST 514, EVE will soon be moving onto consoles. But what about mobile? Allow your imagination to run wild for a second and describe how you would see EVE being ported to mobile devices, whether the iPhone/iPod touch, Blackberrys or Android-based devices. Dream the impossible for us!
Frankly, there’s not too much impossible to dream about concerning this topic. But for the purposes of this discussion, I will restrict the term ‘mobile’ to internet-friendly handheld devices with developer-friendly operating systems – essentially “smartphones” like the Apple (iPhone/iTouch), Palm WebOS (Pre), Android (G1), and Blackberry devices.
Under that definition, the phrase “EVE being ported to mobile devices” is misleading. Even if CCP somehow managed to get an Eve client working on a mobile device with any sort of usable frame rate (4 frames per minute? no thanks), it would be ridiculously impossible to use. Not even worth speculating about.
So then what could be done to bring mobile devices into the Eve world? A COSMOS-based app with status updates, friends lists, limited account management, skill updating, etc. In iPhone terms, essentially a Facebook-esque app (the iPhone Facebook app is quite a good social networking app) blended with Capsuleer and iClone. Obviously, such an app should balance features and usability; I don’t want over-the-top graphics and a zillion-and-one features at the price of functionality and speed.
As I stated earlier, not much to be terribly imaginative about. But then again, even an app with the features I mentioned might be too much to ask for – I am still waiting for the iPhone Capsuleer app to get more than 3 icons on its main screen.
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