Fun and games on the go

Fun and games on the go

COMPUTER games are no longer just for Dungeons and Dragons types as a new generation of mobile phone games emerges for the casual user.

Shorter computer games and "augmented reality" portable games are the way of the future, Victoria University Multimedia lecturer Ben Northcott says.

Endless hours in front of the PlayStation will be no more with formats for gamers on the go.

"Its for casual gamers who might only get 10 or 15 minutes in their lunch breaks to play," Northcott, 31, said.

Tapping into the mainstream mobile market and technology will be a huge breakthrough for game development.

"It's not about playing Patience on a mobile. A lot of people like computer games but don't have the time to sit down for hours, so there's an avenue for integrating technologies for people on the move."

Augmented reality could be the new virtual reality, blending the real world and online communication with gaming.

"You might have a game with a virtual website and map and you can text the characters because they are people in the real world," he said.

"Independent game developers will come into their own."

Victoria University opened its $5 million multimedia studios and labs last night. The first 16 game development students will graduate this year.