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

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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21 Comments

1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

still better than the iphone 6.

2. Phonecall01 unregistered

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

3. Busyboy unregistered

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

21. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

how can a truth be funny?

4. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

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

5. wilsong17 unregistered

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

20. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hahaha Its funny cous its true=)

7. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Still better than most games in the Play Store

9. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Tell em Sauce2.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

13. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 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

14. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Don't get mad.

6. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

8. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

15. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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......

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

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