3 to offer multi-player gaming over 3G

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3, the British 3G mobile phone operator is to start offering real-time multiplayer gaming in April, allowing up to four players to play each other over a network. How developers use this will be interesting; so far mobile phone games have not taken advantage of the fact that every system that they work on has a built-in network link. The first game out will be No Refuge, a tank battle game. Coming soon are games of ‘console quality’ (although which console remains to be seen), including a shooting title called Lock and Load. Players can choose to pay 25p per play, 50p for three days or £3-7.50, depending on title, for permanent access to a game. 

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