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ASCII art is also used widely and many of them are faces with expression.
(see also Shift JIS art) One very distinct form of writing is called 'gyaru-moji ('gal characters' named after the fashion style 'gyaru' or 'gal' because the people of this fashion style are the ones who often use this kind of lettering). This can be related to the way the English language hacking culture uses 1337 language to hide the meaning of the words typed. By splitting the characters into alpha-numeric characters, it extends the possible over-all length of the message.
This, combined with the low per-message price, ample allowed length per message (10,000 characters per message) the ability to enhance messages with special characters, emoticons, pictures use their original meaning by relying more on the information based on the shape each character has.
For example, '\' may be attached at the end of a sentence to show that they are not happy about the event described.
Older arcade-style games became particularly popular on mobile phones, which were an ideal platform for arcade-style games designed for shorter play sessions.
The graphics were getting better as handsets were becoming more powerful, as demonstrated by the mobile version of Ridge Racer in 2003, though such titles cost twice as much as other mobile games.
Pagers could only display numbers and were intended to alert the owner that they had received a call from a certain phone number, but teens quickly began using numeric messages to communicate many things, including greetings and everyday emotions.Another virtual pet game utilized a fingerprint scanner built into a handset to interact with a pet.Another mobile game that year was an educational game that utilized a mobile's microphone to help children with their pronunciation skills.PHS, which was initially developed as a cheaper alternative to 2G networks such as CDMA and GSM, was initially deployed in 1995, but is now only offered by one carrier, Y! As elsewhere in the world, smart phones have been growing extremely quickly.The (vocal) use of mobile phones on public transport is frowned upon, and messages asking passengers not to make calls and to switch their phones to silent mode ("public mode" or "manner mode" in Japanese) are played frequently.