Mobile Phone Games

Mobile phone games have become an important part of our mobile culture. Everything is mobile these days. Thanks to smartphone technology we now carry our entertainment with us, there’s no need to pull out a board game or a deck of cards to enjoy a family night of fun. There is no need to sit in front of a TV and watch our favorite game show; they all can be added to our iPhone, using different game apps from the iPhone store. It’s that simple. Entertainment is just a touch away and the variety of games available is unbelievable and more are being added almost everyday.

We have always been intrigued and fascinated by games and the thrill of achieving a goal or by defeating a perceived enemy of some kind. Games have been played for centuries and game culture has built a world that is filled with excitement, daring, wit and skill. We all want to prove that we can win against all odds, not just to the world but to ourselves. Games, especially mobile games, give us the opportunity to show off our innate talent to win and lose and be able to embrace them both, as we learn more about who we are.

There are several hundred games available for mobile phones. Apple’s iPhone has an apps store filled with one adventure after another. Everyone has a group of favorite games, but here are five games that almost everyone plays at one time or another:

Card players would be lost without iBlackjack, the iPhone app that brings casino play to your iPhone. It is played just like the casino game except it has that iPhone quality about it. Native Chess is another game that can be played on the iPhone; everyone wants to check and checkmate at some point in time in iPhone style. Dr. Mario is another iPhone game that can be played wherever you feel the urge to take a pill, iPhone style. Par 72 Golf has to be an all time favorite for any golf enthusiast. The game has been around for some time, but the iPhone version takes it to a new level. Let’s not forget Zelda, one of the original Nintendo 8 bit games. Ocarina, the iPhone game app takes Zelda to another world experience, which can only be described as other-worldly.

The aforementioned iPhone games don’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the wide array of apps for your iPhone. There are hundreds of mobile phone games to download and utilities to experience at the iPhone App store. The art of playing and enjoying a mobile game takes us to another place in time where all of the stress of daily living sits on a bench of complacency and waits until the game is over. That is the beauty of an iPhone app game; it’s available at anytime and anywhere.

The App Store is an interesting and fun place to visit because you will always find something that will improve your iPhone experience, which improves the quality of your daily life. Life is for the experience of having fun and enjoying the little things, like iPhone apps and the thrill of beating yourself at your own game.

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iPhone App Developers Shun App Store

Since its inception, Apple Computer Inc.’s success has hinged on its ability to walk the fine line of keeping its technologies proprietary without alienating the people who make the company successful: those who develop software for Apple’s devices, and the end users who ultimately purchase and use the Apple products. There are countless well-documented cases of the company’s tight-fisted approach rousing the ire of consumers and developers alike. How well the industry giant is walking that fine line is again being called into question, as Apple’s strategies have inadvertently spawned a rapidly growing cottage industry of developers and consumers who are finding it necessary to look beyond the app store to meet their iPhone application needs and fulfill their desires for functionality that Apple has deliberately restricted.

Apple’s tight regulation of the apps that they will allow in their app store has been sending ripples of dissent through the ranks of iPhone fans worldwide ever since the company launched their app store in July of 2008 and they began making policy decisions with regard to apps created by independent developers. We have seen countless apps denied inclusion to the app store for reasons that have been mysterious, vague, overly censoring, anti-competitive, and unevenly applied.

Apple lost further favor with free-thinking technology enthusiasts with their vigorous legal battle over “jailbreaking” the iPhone, which they lost. The Electronic Frontier Foundation had been petitioning federal regulators for years to add an exemption to the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to make it legal for consumers to customize the iPhone’s operating system to allow it to run any app the consumer wants – whether Apple has approved the app or not. In typical fashion, Apple strongly opposed this proposition and fought it at great expense, arguing that modification of the iPhone’s operating system ultimately creates a derivative work that infringes on their copyright. Federal regulators were unambiguous in their response. They declared in no uncertain terms that it is absolutely legal for consumers to “jailbreak” an iPhone once it has been purchased from Apple.

The cumulative result of the discontent with Apple’s app store policies combined with the now perfectly legal jailbreaking possibilities is that there is a growing movement amongst many of the more forward-thinking developers to shun the app store altogether and find other means of distributing their iPhone applications to end users. After all, it is no longer necessary to have your app in the app store to have a legitimate commercial iPhone application to offer consumers. One needs only to spend a few minutes on a jailbroken iPhone to see more than enough evidence of this trend. Cydia is one of the leaders of jailbreaking software, and their store is bursting with apps, hacks, modifications, and tweaks that would never be allowed in the app store. You can install themes that customize the entire look of the iPhone operating system, find apps that spoof caller ID, add custom video ringtones (so each time a particular person calls you your phone shows a video that you selected), and many others.

Other evidence of this mounting trend can be seen in the recent launch of Microgaming’s new iPhone casino, which allows players (currently non-U.S. only) to play adapted versions of classic casino games for real money. This full-featured, state-of-the-art mobile casino was developed specifically for the iPhone by the largest software company in the online casino world (in partnership with mobile specialists Spin3), and with these deep pockets they chose to develop a browser-based application that sidesteps Apple’s app store completely – creating an iPhone casino that functions without the need for any software to be downloaded or installed.

Whether or not Apple with alter its course to meet the needs of this expanding segment of its iPhone customer base remains to be seen. Regardless, one thing is for sure: the liberation of the iPhone has begun. Cydia and iPhone casinos are just the very beginning. A new generation of iPhone apps is being created right now that will push the boundaries of this revolutionary device toward its maximum, unbridled potential.

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Online Casinos on Your Mobile Device

American online casinos may still be in the “to be determined” phase, but online casinos for US players abound, and you can use them legally in the United States. The reason that a number of online casinos turned their backs on US customers starting in late 2006 had to do with a law that was passed by a Congress anxious to adjourn before midterm elections that prohibited transactions from US banks or similar institutions to online gambling sites illegal.

There are now many alternative methods of US players transferring money to these sites that are legal, and many online casinos the world over welcome players from the US. And, as you might expect, they are expanding their offerings to the world of mobile technology, allowing players to participate on their iPhones, Android phones, and other types of mobile devices. Here is a brief snapshot of today’s mobile online gaming.

Online casinos know that playing on a mobile phone or other handheld device has great advantages. You don’t need a computer, and you can play from anywhere you can get a mobile data connection. Whether you use your mobile device for online gambling by going to the mobile versions of the websites or whether you use special apps for your device depends on the casino, the device, and where in the world you are located.

With the iPhone, it’s still mostly a matter of going to the mobile versions of the sites and using them. Betfair, a big UK online gambling operation, did get Apple to approve an iPhone app for their games, but it’s for use in the UK and Ireland only at this time. Many were surprised that the app was even approved, due to Apple’s strict rules about family friendly apps, but Betfair was able to do it. Shortly afterward, Paddy Power added an app for its UK and Ireland users, and both companies have seen quite a bit of success with their iPhone apps.

Some recent model cell phones that are not smart phones still allow you to play casino games with JavaScript platform software. To use these, you sign up for the mobile casinos as you would using your computer. The software can be scaled to fit your screen and add and remove functionality based on your particular phone model. You do not get the great graphics and playability you do with your computer, but it’s still pretty amazing what you can do with mobile gambling. In general, mobile roulette, blackjack, video poker, and slots are the most phone-friendly games.

Android phones may be the next big thing when it comes to online casinos. Paddy Power was the first online gambling site to produce a mobile casino app for Android phones everywhere. The app gives players total access to Paddy Power’s website services. Players can open new accounts, make deposits and withdrawals, and place bets. It also includes a full history function so users can view all previous transactions. The app has received a great response in Europe so far.

With the explosion in worldwide adoption of handheld mobile devices, it stands to reason that this sector of the internet casino market is set for major expansion in 2011 and beyond.

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Online Casinos – Error Free Dealers

With the coming of online casinos, gone are the days of the dealer making a big error, and making the players pay for it by wasting their time fixing up the problem. The last time I was at a casino playing roulette, the dealer made an error when spinning the ball, and it ended up taking 1 hour to fix. What an absolute waste of my precious time, and I didn’t even get an apology. That problem has been solved with the advent of online casinos. Online casino dealers are absolutely perfect and never make any errors. What advantages does this offer a player? It offers several advantages, including the following:

1) Faster Game Play

Games won’t be stopped and brought to a halt due to an incompetent dealers bad dealings. You will experience much faster game play, far more superior to that of any human dealer.

2) Error Free Results

If you win $100, you will get paid exactly $100. You will never get ripped off, which means more profits in the long term, especially if you never keep track of all your payouts.

3) More Professional Service

Since an online dealer is absolutely perfect, they will give you a better, more professional service every single time. Online dealers never a bad day, and they never get angry, frustrated, or behave rudely.

I’m very happy with the service I’ve been getting from my online casino dealer! Since returning to the local land based casino and receiving bad service from real life human dealers, I have since learned why I started betting at online casinos in the first place.

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