Thanks to BBC News for their article looking at the sophistication of current Japanese mobile phone games
, as being showcased at the Game Developer's Conference Europe
in London this week. A Namco representative showed off the mobile phone version of Ridge Racer
, claiming: "You now have a PlayStation One game running on a mass market handset in Japan, delivering a fully interactive 3D game."
Other innovative Japanese titles were shown, such as a Panasonic virtual pet for mobile phones, which "...uses the handset's camera to create food. When the pet is hungry, it shows a picture of a type of food like an apple. You then have to take a picture of something red, which the phone interprets as an apple and feeds to your pet."