Being a Palm Addict I rarely visit sites devoted to our "rival" system - Windows Mobile. After all, they don't have anything to offer to me or my PDAs. And besides, as many of the news and software sites I visit (like MyTreo, PALM247 & Palmgear) specialize in Palm, I keep forgetting there is a very vibrant and successful scene on the other side of the border.
One site which DOES remind me that we are not living in a vaccum is the excellent PDAGamer which hosts the latest news and reviews for the handheld player. And it is my occasional surf there that gives me time and again the BAD feeling we, Palm addicts, might be losing the the battle in one of the most important playground (pun intended) - the game scene.
Not only is the assortment of Window Mobile games CONSIDERABLY larger than ours, they seem to be getting the better slices as well as the frosting on the cake. Great titles, excellent graphics, and highly developed and complex games are just a few of the merits most of our Palm games lack. True, we have some unique jewels like the new hit role play game EDGE, but frankly my dears - they (WM users) don't give a damn as they have been having similar treats for quite a while now. TombRaider released by Edios on 2002(!) and the 2003 game Sorcery PDA, are just two examples of the stunning graphics and gameplay WM users have been enjoying for years now and their newer titles (like "Return to Mysterious Island" pictured in this article) are nothing but awesome.
I guess the reason to our inferiority in the Game scene is twofold - first it seems more home users are leaning towards Windows Mobile, which gives the developers a stronger incentive to develop for that OS system. And second - Windows Mobile is in many ways more similar to the all-familiar Windows PC, probably making it somewhat friendlier to the programmers. This way or another - Palm's decision to go with Windows Mobile in its upcoming Treo 700W does not seem to help either.
And if that is not enough it seems the Palm gaming scene got its final blow with the discontinuing of the Zopdiac line which was the first (and the last?) to be targeted towards the more serious gamers amongst our folks.
So - are we going to see less and less game titles released for our beloved Palms in the future? I belive the answer is yes. We might still have some excellent companies (like Astraware) catering to our needs, but I am afraid that the overall battle is lost - unless the Palm people do something about it - and do it FAST.
Maya Rozenshein, Associate Writer (Israel)