CompetitiveAnalysis-DarrenKwong

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Restatement of Idea

The idea is a playing card and table simulator that allows users to connect with other users and play games such as BlackJack, Poker, and Texas Hold'Em.

Group Brainstorm Page: http://vis.berkeley.edu/courses/cs160-sp10/wiki/index.php/GroupBrainstorm-Group:Group_H

List of Competitors

Analysis

1. Texas Hold'em

Target User Group
The application is targeted towards Texas Hold'em players, a segment of Group H's target user group of avid card players and gamblers who want to play against real opponents.
Functionality
Users can play against computer components or with up to nine other users in a Wi-Fi network. There is an in-game help feature to help users learn the game. It provides a user's statistics, which are also viewable by other users. Multiple views are employed to allow users to look at the whole table or at individual users in landscape and portrait mode, respectively. Multi-touch and gestures are used to control elements such as chips, cards, and simulated facial expressions. Group H's application focuses on allowing users to play any multiplayer card game by simulating a deck of cards and connecting them with other users through the Internet (not just a local network). It will also have similar multi-touch and gesture functionality.
Usability
The variety of people you can play with is limited by the Wi-Fi network. The gameplay is realistic, and the semantic and articulatory distances are small. Graphics are great, with realistic looking users and game play motions. Group H's application will allow users to connect with any user with Internet.

2. Live Poker

Target User Group
The application is targeted towards poker players who want to connect with other users online.
Functionality
Users can create an account and connect with other players over the Internet to play Texas Hold'em. It is also a Facebook and MySpace app. Users can chat, buy chips, and buy other users gifts. Buttons are tapped to execute tasks.
Usability
The application responds to button taps. There aren't any gestures.

3. Texas Hold'em Live

Target User Group
This application targets Texas Hold'em gamblers.
Functionality
Users can connect with other users over the internet and join tables to play games. This is also part of Facebook and allows connectivity there. The app supports text chatting and friends lists.
Usability
The touch interactions are fairly straightforward, as this is a Facebook app as well.

4. iPhone Poker

Target User Group
This application is targeted towards gamblers who want to play poker with other users.
Functionality
Users can create an account and play with real money. As a web/browser app, it supports touch/tap for buttons. There is a chat feature.
Usability
This is a Java based web application that requires the use of your browser with Java.

5. Free Texas Hold'em Poker

Target User Group
The application is targeted towards Texas Hold'em players.
Functionality
This is a browser-type web application with both single player and multi-player options. It allows users to raise their bets, but limited to predefined amounts. Graphics are simple and basic tapping functionality is used.
Usability
The limited functionality makes gameplay less realistic. Custom bet amounts are not available. There is only one basic view.

6. Jacks or Better Video Poker - iPhone Casino Game

Target User Group
This application is targeted towards gamblers who want to play Jacks or Better Video Poker.
Functionality
Users can create an account and play with real money. As a web/browser app, it supports touch/tap for buttons.
Usability
The game mechanics are simple and allow users to play without issues.

7. Pusoy Dos aka Big 2

Target User Group
This application is targeted towards people who want to play a game known as Big 2.
Functionality
Users can create an account and play with real money. As a web/browser app, it supports touch/tap for buttons. There is a chat feature.
Usability
Some game mechanics are slow. This is a single player app for play against the computer, and the pace can be slow. For instance, the competitors individually pass one by one although the game rules dictate that they must pass.

8. Scenario Poker

Target User Group
This application is targeted towards people who want to play Texas Hold'em in a tournament.
Functionality
This is a web/browser application. Users play against simulated opponents in a three-round tournament. Users can see multiple hands quickly. There is a built-in help feature. The graphics are customizable. User statistics are tracked by the application.
Usability
The web/browser app utilizes simple button presses.

9. Black Jack

Target User Group
The application is targeted towards people who want to play BlackJack.
Functionality
There are buttons to deal, hit, stand, insure, double, and split. It is a very simple interface that lets you play against a computer dealer.
Usability
The app is simple and easy to use, as you only need to press buttons.

10. Cash BlackJack

Target User Group
The application is targeted towards BlackJack gamblers.
Functionality
Users can create an account and play with other users. Users can adjust the bet amount. There is a hit button and a stand button that responds to touch.
Usability
This is a simple interface with button touch interaction.

11. BlackJack Live

Target User Group
This application targets BlackJack players.
Functionality
Users can connect with other users through Bluetooth. Users can place bets. Hit and stand are done through touching and swiping over cards, respectively. Users can play the role of the dealer. Cards can be dealt with flicking touch gestures.
Usability
The touch gestures and game mechanics are simple and allow users to play without issues.

Summary

The competitor applications do not support multiple types of games. They focus on one specific type of game, such as Texas Hold'em or BlackJack. Some competitor apps allow users to create user accounts, play with real money, use swipe gestures for card manipulation, and chat with text messages. Some also have friends lists for easy connectivity. Group H's application focuses on allowing users to play any multi-player card game (including custom games) by simulating a deck of cards and connecting them with other users through the Internet (not just a local network). Group H will also try to implement improved communication through voice chat or voice recognition. The main difference is the customization and the flexibility of defining your own games and using the interface to play that game with a deck of cards and a game table that allow users to connect with each other wherever they might be.

The following matrix compares features.

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