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This was the world's first cell phone with a game loaded on it

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This was the world's first cell phone with a game loaded on it
We live in a world where console-quality games – with immersive gameplay, complex 3D graphics, and realistic stereo sound – can be enjoyed at any time by anyone in possession of a decent smartphone. It is a feature we now take for granted, pretty much. Yet 20 years ago, cell phone games weren't quite as exciting, as you can imagine. In fact, there were no cell phones with games prior to 1994. That's the year when the Hagenuk MT-2000 came out, becoming the first phone with gaming capabilities. To put things into perspective, Snake came out three years later on the Nokia 6110. 

The game chosen by Hagenuk for the MT-2000 was Tetris, which was both popular at the time and simple enough for the phone's hardware to handle. Sure, it was the only game the phone had to offer, and new ones couldn't be installed, but after all, phones at the time had very limited hardware capabilities and were made for calling, not for gaming. The MT-2000 was also special for being among the first phones with soft keys – keys whose function changed based on the UI's context. The antenna design was also quite unorthodox – it ran along the phone's top side instead of extending upward.

Alas, Hagenuk's phones didn't do well on the market, which is why so few of us have heard about the company. Still, it will go down in history as a mobile gaming pioneer, albeit not a very successful one.


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posted on 16 Nov 2014, 20:50 19

1. valapsp (Posts: 552; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


still better than the iphone 6.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 20:59

2. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


LOL...I knew that was coming!!!

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 21:02 3

3. Busyboy (unregistered)


That "joke" has been overused man. Not even funny anymore

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 06:14 2

21. skyline88 (Posts: 437; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


how can a truth be funny?

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 21:29

4. Malcolm.Merlyn (Posts: 129; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


@valapsp not sure if you're delusional or just plain stupid.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 21:39 8

5. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Why because you don't agree with him apple fan boy

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 04:46 2

20. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Hahaha Its funny cous its true=)

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 21:42 3

7. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Still better than most games in the Play Store

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:00 1

9. Kishin (Posts: 704; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Tell em Sauce2.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:03 3

10. vincelongman (Posts: 3993; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


*Any store
Most the games on the Play Store, Apple App Store, Amazon App Store and Windows Store are useless compared to Console and PC games

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:20 2

13. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Thats your problem. You're comparing them to Console and PC games, LOL.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 02:37

19. UglyFrank (Posts: 1553; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Pretty stupid, you don't compare the power of your PC/Console to a supercomputer so why compare portable devices to non portable devices which aim to be power efficient

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:19 4

12. wilsong17 (unregistered)


http://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-users-are-delusional-consultants-say/

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:20

14. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Don't get mad.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 21:40 2

6. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


Phonearena, mobile phones have a long way to go before reaching console quality games. Look at the upcoming ps4 and ps3 games. You will see that the best of mobile graphics pale in comparison. Their gameplay and controls suck and the depth sucks as well. They all feel like cheap rip-offs of popular franchises.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 21:45

8. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


The focus of mobile gaming is not to aim at competing in a console market with high end graphics, at the moment. Their focus isn't to excel in mobile gaming, otherwise you'd see a Sony tablet with 6 gigs of RAM and a dedicated app store.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:05

11. vincelongman (Posts: 3993; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


To be fair the PS4 graphics are also pale compared to the PC graphics
The PS4 is a disappointing small jump
Nothing compared to the huge jump from the PS2 to PS3

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:36 1

15. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


fifa 12 came out on ps2 10 years after it's release imagine giving to someone 10 years on release they would not have imagined such graphics were possible

the next gen is at it's first stage so it will take while to reach it's potential i'm happy with my pc and wii u though :3

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 23:08

17. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Hey, the difference in actual graphics to PC isn't big especially considering how much you pay. Frame rate and resolution are what everyone is complaining about. Consoles screwed up there.
AMD developed for Sony and Microsoft for cheap with cheap custom parts. IMHO I wouldn't mind paying extra for consistent 1080p/60fps or 4K/30fps gameplay.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:58

16. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


"We live in a world where console-quality games – with immersive gameplay, complex 3D graphics, and realistic stereo sound – can be enjoyed at any time by anyone in possession of a decent smartphone"

Stupidest thing I've read in a while......

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 01:03

18. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Console quality games and decent smartphone doesnt go well with each other.

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