Category Archives: Mobile

Handheld Learning 2009

I *still* haven’t found time to watch all the videos from ALT-C, or review all the virtual world related papers that I picked out from the proceedings. Now the video and audio proceedings are available from Handheld Learning 2009, here: http://www.handheldlearning2009.com/proceedings.

I wonder if I download the proceedings to my phone and put it under my pillow if I’ll be able to absorb all the information by osmosis…

Yamake – game maker for Nokia mobile phones

It was surely only a matter of time…

Yamake is a groundbreaking new game for the N-Gage platform. Players can make, play and share games that are customized using user-generated multimedia content, and we are proud to be pioneering this new way of playing,” said Dr Mark Ollila, Director of Technology and Strategy and Head of Games Publishing, Nokia. “This is exactly what the future of mobile gaming should be about – creating games that you love and want to play, then sharing them with other players.”

Images and details still a little thin on the ground, but Jon Jordan had a go over at Pocket Gamer. Didn’t get a chance to actually try out the game creation side of it though, which is the bit I’m most interested in. There is some suspicion that the game making activities will be quite tightly constrained and fairly limited. For example, puzzle games such as jig-saws and sliding puzzles simply ask you to add your own image. Other game types include ‘Top Trumps’ card games, crosswords and quizzes. So probably not very open in terms of creating novel gameplay, but there could still be a fair amount of  classroom potential in a tool like this…