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Mobile game and Video gaming in Japan In the early s, mobile games gained mainstream popularity in Japan, years before the United States and Europe. Bya wide variety of mobile games were available on Japanese phones, ranging from puzzle games and virtual pet titles that utilize camera phone technology to 3D games with PlayStation -quality graphics.
Older arcade-style games became particularly popular on mobile phones, which were an ideal platform for arcade-style games designed for shorter play sessions.
Ridge Racer was published by Namcoone of the most successful mobile game publishers at the time. That same year, Namco also released a fighting game that uses camera phone technology to create a player character based on the player's profile, and interprets the image to determine the character's speed and power; the character can then be sent to a friend's mobile to battle.
Namco began attempting to introduce mobile gaming to Europe in Another virtual pet game utilized a fingerprint scanner built into a handset to interact with a pet.
Another mobile game that year was an educational game that utilized a mobile's microphone to help children with their pronunciation skills. The stickers are often in the maki-e style, and are advertised as such. Teenagers and mobile phones[ edit ] Paging devices used in the late s to early s predate mobile phones and paved the way for the popularity of the phones among teenagers.
Pagers could only display numbers and were intended to alert the owner that they had received a call from a certain phone number, but teens quickly began using numeric messages to communicate many things, including greetings and everyday emotions.
Most were based on various ways numbers could be read in Japanese. Examples are — yo-ro-shi-ku "hello," "best regards" — sa-mi-shi-i "I feel lonely" — ha-ya-ku-i-ku "hurry up, let's go" With the rapidly falling prices of cell phones in the mid s, young people began experimenting with the short message service that the mobile phone companies started offering.
When the i-mode service became available, the mobile phone culture began flourishing in earnest as this service offered an E-mail application. Magazines and television regularly make specials focusing on the current trend of how mobile phones are used by young people.
Forefront of consumer technology[ edit ] There is a popular trend in Japan to use the mobile phone handset to read information from special barcodes. The current technology is based on ' QR codes ' which are a form of 2D barcode that is written out in a square shape instead of a bar shape.
The phone handset can scan the QR code using its camera or other input, decode the information, and then take actions based on the type of content. The most popular usage of these QR codes is in advertising.
The QR code usually has links to a web site address or email address that the phone can access, or it might contain address and telephone numbers. This technology makes use of an RFID chip inside the handset that can communicate with reading devices when the phone is placed near them.
Though the technology is relatively new, there are many locations such as convenience stores which allow users to pay for goods using their phones; some vending machines even accept phone payments.Check the mobile provider coverage in your area with our free coverage checker.
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