Whilst Wikipedia-ing at work i came across an article that Maple Story
is going to be released for Nintendo DS
and i was intrigued that they were attempting to keep the online aspect on a handheld platform.
It occured to me that it could possibly add real life interaction back into the genre. The DS's have adhoc connections, so 5 friends meet at a coffee shop and run an instance rather than sitting separately and spamming a channel with LFM. 5 strangers at a con, or less likely, by happenstance could have some hand held platform on them and get together to accomplish something in game.
What if, they were to go a step beyond and ad a geocashing or flash mob aspect to it? Assuming some hand held has GPS functionality, what if Dungeon X only exists at a specific location? There could be events that require players to amass themselves and interact socially.
It's not very SG, but it's just something that stuck me, on my ride home from work