The ultimate question is this: Which MMO would I bring installed on that device? Or, going a bit further, which apps or other downloads would I include? Once I started asking, my fantasy turned into somewhat of a challenge to myself: Could I survive a week without any access to a desktop at all? Could I write, play, and otherwise continue to do my job with only a pocket-sized device?
Join me past the cut and let's see what I might include on this trip. Pocket Legends, the World of Warcraft of mobile gaming. It is slick, works well, and runs wonderfully on both my iPhone 3GS and my HTC Inspire. The cash shop is fun and fairly inexpensive, and there are always a lot of players on. Spacetime Studios was smart enough to make grouping automatic and easy, so you won't waste time just looking for a group.
The game is as easy to download, run and play on the iPhone as on the Inspire. I prefer the Inspire experience with its larger screen and better performance, but there's not much difference between the two. Spacetime also does a great job keeping the game updated and adapting. The community is large, and the community managers seem to have finally grasped the idea of maintaining a Twitter and website presence.
The gameplay of Illyriad is perfect when I have only a few minutes at a time, but with the sheer amount of information, skills to learn, and wonderful community members, there is plenty to do. While on my island, I might scheme about how to take down my neighbor or which skills I will need to become a successful trader. Microtransactions are essentially virtual dollars that speed up caravan movements or speed up skill-learning, for example. Given Illyriad's realistic trade, amazing community, and variable-speed gameplay, I would be insane to leave this one off the list.
Since I will have all the time in the world to play these games, you darn well better believe that Massively will want me to write about it. Of course I might just want to keep a running diary or log of my life on the island, so I need a text editor to do it with. I could just log into the standard websites -- best done on my Inspire -- and write my columns and blog posts that way, but I also need something to rough my stuff in. I like good ole' Google docs for doing my roughs, and the fact that it is accessible through any browser makes it even better. I can copy and paste from either device into the editor for Massively and I'll be all set.
"As I write this, I am planning on using nothing but my two phones for a week of writing and playing. It would be a great way to show that the gamer lifestyle can be supported on only portable devices."
To round off my time on the island, I'll throw in some Skype, a little Sketchbook Pro, and a smidge of Pandora. Skype is the premier free phone and messaging device (even Oprah uses it!). As long as I don't call for a rescue, I should bring this all-in-one communicator. Sketchbook Pro is just what it sounds like: a program for drawing and creating images. I absolutely loved it on my iPad, so why not on my phone? Last but not least, I'll use Pandora for listening to a customized radio station. It works flawlessly, and the few commercials it airs are not a bother.
So I am prepared. Do I book my tickets now or just stowaway on some random cargo liner? Neither, but as I write this, I am planning on using nothing but my two phones for a week of writing and playing sometime in the near future. It would be a great way to show that the gamer lifestyle can be supported on only portable devices. Are the games to the point that I want them to be at yet? Not quite, but they are getting there very, very fast. In fact, so far in this column, the biggest challenge I am facing is finding the time to play the ever-increasing wave of new iOS and Android MMOs.
Watch this column over the next few weeks and I'll see how the phone-only experiment pans out. When I do it, perhaps a few of you can join me!
Each week in MMObility, Beau Hindman dives into the murky waters of the most accessible and travel-friendly games around, including browser-based and smartphone MMOs. Join him as he investigates the best, worst, and most daring games to hit the smallest devices! Email him suggestions, or follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Raptr.