Hello, everyone! Hope your weekend was a good one. It’s been raining non-stop where I’m at! Perfect weather for cuddling up close to a favorite game…maybe even a scary game? Or maybe not, I’m a scaredy cat. I’ve been eyeing some of the creepier new games though. I may take the plunge soon and hope for the best.
Anyway, there is a new software with mobile gaming in mind. How would you like to make GIFs of your mobile game and easily share them with your friends or whoever might enjoy them? Well, that is exactly what Megacool has created.
What this software does exactly is make GIFs of your mobile gaming and then allows you to directly upload it from the app to whatever platform you want–like Facebook, Twitter, or just message it to your friends. This is not something you can download for yourself. This is an application that is made to be integrated with mobile games by the makers of the game. It has just been released from beta, and I am sincerely hoping this catches on quick with mobile game makers.
GIFs are a great way to share a little overview of something. It’s perfect for the game creators who want to give a little view of what their game is about. It’s great for us players who want to show off something impressive, funny, cute, or whathaveyou in the game. I absolutely love GIFs, who doesn’t? A short (one to ten seconds) auto-playing video is perfect for my short attention span.
Some good moments to capture in GIF form would be defeating a boss, totally goofing up, dying funnily or horrifically in game, or reaching a new high score. What I usually do is make screen shots to send to folks. I think the last mobile game screenshot I created was of Neko Atsume. I had a pretty good amount of cats in my yard and wanted to force my mom to look at how cute the game is. She didn’t seem to care. It’s hard to impress nongamers, dang! Now, imagine if I had sent her a GIF of all those little cats playing with yarn balls and generally being cute. I bet my certified cat-lady mom would have been overtaken by love and demanded to know how to get the game. Or, more likely she’d still be unimpressed. The only game she has played in the last decade is Pokémon GO. Not a bad game to choose at least!
Now, when you send the GIF to your friends (or whoever), it can include things like links to your gaming profile and then the app will even suggest to the person they go beat your high score. Which will provide them a link to the game. I love that idea because it encourages group play. Games are fun alone, but they can be even more fun when you have other people to share the joy and compete with. The best part though is not having to search for a game in the play store. It’s just a click away! Which is especially great for games with weird names. Someone can ask, “Hey what’s that game,” and you can send them a link to the game via the Megacool app in game. Also, you can “refer a friend” to the game and receive rewards if they actually get the game. Megacool suggests games make rewards such as in-game currency or unique items for game referrals.
Another aspect of this app is the triggers. What I mean is that the app is triggered by certain things happening in game to automatically create a GIF for you. Things, like reaching a new high score or dying mid level, will be automatically made into a GIF and then suggested to you as a shareable moment. That is great since it’s hard to anticipate things like that. It would be annoying to think you are about to do something and keep telling it to make a GIF over and over again, haha. No, this app is smart, and that is what makes it so great.
I am all for this application being added to mobile games–particularly the more social or popular ones. Though, I also hope there would be an option to turn it off or remove it. I’m all for GIF sharing, but I don’t want every game I’m playing (even some long single player that no one else I know plays) to keep telling me it’s made a GIF and asks if I want to share it. I’m also concerned how much this would tax my phone for bigger games. Honestly, I think this is something better reserved for simpler games.
There are already some mobile gaming companies who are teamed up with Megacool (such as Dots and Candywriter), and this is a perfect time to launch their new games with the Megacool software. That is because this is the time of year game makers are trying to complete their games and push out updates. They all want them out on the market before the Christmas rush.
What do you guys think? Would you like having Megacool as part of your mobile gaming experience? I’d love to get my friends and family more involved with mobile gaming. It would also be fun to share goofy moments I’ve had with whoever I can get to watch it–haha.