Yes, it is my hypothesis that excessive gaming causes the premature onset of age-related degeneration =).
Jokes aside, yesterday's announcement of the Sony Xperia PLAY is another step towards the domination of mobile gaming over the desktop.
With an impressive list of companies backing this phone, we'll be sure to see some great gaming titles come to the mobile phone.
Personally, I'm hoping that the new Nokia-Microsoft comes up with its own suite of partners and products to compete in this space as well. Microsoft has the Xbox platform, and Nokia has the hardware smarts, and hence I wouldn't be surprised if they're scheming about how to attack this segment as well. Their distribution channels are huge, so don't count them out yet.
In any case, this is a wonderful time that we live in. Technology is advancing on every single front at a blitzing pace. The Mobile Web Conference 2011 is going to deliver a great package of innovation which will only be surpassed by a long shot yet again the following year. Outsiders have no idea just how excited the guys in the computing/telecomms/software development industries are right now.
The literal message of my cartoon should of course be taken tongue-in-cheek, but one would definitely agree that this is another testament to the acceleration of addictiveness.
Mobile gaming, just like any other industry, is going to come with its risks and rewards. We're excited, but we also need to constantly question what is truly useful.
In the words of Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.