Hand Held Games Make Me Feel Old

Published Friday 2 May 2014 12:38pm | 3
Tags: iphone, GameBoy, Hand Held

About two weeks back, I was going to meet some friends to see a movie. I, and another friend, arrived early, and as so often happens these days, out came the iPhone.

We played Battleship on my friend's iPhone. I mention this to show just how far portable gaming has come in my lifetime.

I still have my original Gameboy, and as of last night when I resurrected it with four AA batteries, it still functions. As a kid I loved portable game systems. I have since I first got my Donkey Kong II multi screen, back in the late '80's.

Lately though, I haven't been a consumer of the newer hand held systems, I just don't see the point. I know that the Nintendo DS has some great games, and every time there's a new fighting game, I feel a pang of regret that I don't own a PS Vita, but overall I don't feel the lack.

This might be explained away because anyone who owns an iPhone, or any other smart phone, can download an infinite universe of games.

Phone games are too ubiquitous in any case. There's too many. In many ways I pine for the early days of the Gameboy, when you could name a game to any other owner, and have a reasonable chance of the person knowing what you were talking about. I miss that camaraderie (And yes, I've played Angry Birds), that just doesn't exist among the largely phone owning public.

Looking back, it occurs to me that I never really took my portable devices anywhere as a child, anyway. Which also explains why I still have those, while a seemingly endless parade of cell phones have gone before me. In the late '80's and early '90's portable technology was cool because it was small, and small computers were novel. They just simply aren't anymore.

I loved my old hand helds, heck since the GBA had so many NES and SNES games ported on to it, I still use it for playing classic Zelda, Altered Beast, and Mario 3.

So, for me, hand held games are essentially me, sitting in my living room playing games that were made when Culture Club was on the charts on my aging game machines, muttering to myself about these young whippersnappers who take for granted being able to carry thirty games around one device in their pockets...with no cartridges!

And that's why hand held games make me feel old.


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Comments Comments (3)

Posted by WuckenFanker
On Monday 12 May 2014 9:27 PM
Your blog was a good read. As for handhelds, I still have my atari lynx, atari lynx2, gameboy advance, gameboy advance sp and ds. I love gaming in every way and I started doing so in 1981. Let the good times last forever.
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 16 May 2014 8:03 AM
Nice short read.

Im getting older but love my handhelds. Have put my 3DS to good use and loooooove my Vita. The best thing about handhelds is putting the TV on in the background and jamming a fun addictive game.

Agree about the mobile game space. There is some gold (including angry birds, your crazy if you didnt enjoy it) but it takes alot for some of it to rise to the top, not to mention some aren't on all mobile app stores.

Anyway good read jamesg.
Posted by Discordia
On Sunday 18 May 2014 11:49 AM
How do you feel about the Virtual Console offerings on 3DS? Or do you see this as more of a push towards what you describe as "whippersnappers with 30 games in their pocket and no cartridges."