4 Reasons That I Am NOT A Fan Of Hand Held Gaming

Hand held gaming systems in general are such a disappointment.  I don’t get it…..I really don’t; WHY is portable gaming so damn popular?  I’m not talking about killing time playing “snake” on your cell phone.  Hey all of you Game Boy and PSP gamers –why the obsession?

Wanna-Be, dumbed-down versions of console games on a tiny screen?  Um, WHY?

I’m confused about the attraction to sad, half-assed versions of the real games; aka the “big boy pants” console games.  In recent years the quality has shown vast improvement in the power and graphics quality, but I’m still not impressed.  I’m referring to FPS or role-playing games; not simpletons like Sudoku, Tetris or even Angry Birds.  Why would Resistance or Uncharted be so enticing on such a small screen that can be easily smudged with fingerprints?  Yet surveys show a 50/50 popularity split between portable and non-portable consoles.  I’m the only one confused by those numbers?  Let’s just say that I’m a firm believer that SIZE MATTERS!

Poor audio AND screen reflectivity?

I always seem to run into screen glare/reflectivity issues and really sad audio quality with my handhelds and my phone (unless I want to completely shut myself off from the world and wear my huge noise cancelling headphones).  It’s very frustrating for me to game in an environment that I can’t control.  I’ve only used my Game Boy Advance SP if I’m at the airport, but I tire of it easily because I’m too distracted by my surroundings.

Constant interruptions, lack of immersion and just another excuse to be anti-social.

Why are we so drawn to “checking out” with video games while we’re away from home?  I go home if I want to escape from reality and wind down with a good game, but when I venture outside of my “cave”, I try to be as aware of my surroundings as possible and make real connections.  My video games should be played on my big HD flat screen with surround sound while sitting on my comfy couch with at least 6 hours allotted so I don’t get constantly interrupted.  I understand the practicality of killing time if you’re stuck somewhere for a few hours or even waiting in line at Starbucks for a few minutes, but I’m not going to take it as seriously.

Seduction FAIL thus far!

Come on Nintendo and Sony –seduce me!  Take me out to dinner, impress me with your huge…..um, car.  Make me NEED to have you right here, right now!  Handhelds pretty much just cater to frequent fliers, kids, and college students stuck on campus.  Why do I need one?  I assume that these companies are constantly exploring new ideas to entice a larger audience, but they haven’t been very convincing.  The hype generated from the announcements for even more complex console games being released for our handhelds will continue to confuse me.  In fact, I DARE Sony and Nintendo to make a believer out of me at E3 this year.  Will 2011 be the year that I actually buy my first handheld console since 2004?

  • http://padinga.com/members/mecha/ Mecha

    I’d have to say, for huge JRPG fans there isn’t much on the main consoles this gen. A lot of us Japanites can only get our fill on the DS and PSP which is cluttered with JRPG goodness!

    Especially YS. Falcom knows how to make portable games.

  • http://padinga.com/members/breakmanx/ Matthew Nyquist

    Very interesting article. I too am drawn into this way of thinking. When I’m home I want to play games on my surround sound and nice tv as well. Just like I won’t watch a movie on my iPhone. The only place I’ve played my DS or PSP is at home or on an airplane.

    There are exclusives like the RPGs mecha is talking about, shantae, and a few others, but I play the games on those systems because I can’t play them anywhere else. I’d much rather play them on a console or PC.

  • http://padinga.com/members/maul42/ Maul

    So, you guys are telling me that portables are for old-man gamers who can’t keep up with the times. I seeeee. Iiiinteresting. :p

    I tend to agree, I would really like to have a portable when I’m trapped somewhere for a long time, like on an airplane, but generally I never played the ones I’ve owned. When I’m hope, I play the big system, and when I’m out, I’m doing stuff.

    I can see why the Poke-kids got into them, though. They linked up and traded and fought via gameboys in places that big systems couldn’t go. So, for them, gaming was a part of the social interaction. I like that idea, but have never had a social setting, like a school, where a bunch of other people had the same system and the same game that would make such a thing worthwhile.

  • http://padinga.com/members/wiizerfanboy/ .

    Because they have games that I want to play. Unless there’s some other suitable platform I can play Ghost Trick on that I’m unaware of?

  • http://padinga.com/members/jenjen/ jenJEN

    I only got my GBA SP because my friend borrowed my SNES and moved away with it, and at the time it was cheaper than buying another SNES to play DKC, Super Mario World, and Yoshi’s Island on. I stared at my SP this morning…….I thought about bringing it with me to work in case of down time, but then I changed my mind.

    Also, I’m pretty excited because I finally got tired of waiting for YI to be released on the Wii VC, so I bought a SNES/NES dual console with Mario Kart, Yoshi’s Island, and Super Mario World to hook up to my tv in my dining room. I should have a video game party at some point -I have 3 tvs and a PS3, Wii, PS2, GameCube, and SNES/NES.

  • http://padinga.com/members/maul42/ Maul

    Everyone, go to Jen’s party. We can spend all night Touching Fuzzy, and Getting Dizzy.

  • http://padinga.com/members/jenjen/ jenJEN

    Wow…..didn’t realize you were so keen on pimping out my fuzzy……how come all of our conversations consist of innuendos? lol And my fuzzy is a one player game. ;P But I have Mario Kart!

  • http://padinga.com/members/maul42/ Maul

    … I tried, but there aren’t any good innuendos in Mario Kart.

  • http://padinga.com/members/jenjen/ jenJEN

    Precisely why I mentioned it.

  • http://padinga.com/members/maul42/ Maul

    If only those little Karts had backseats, then I could do it.

  • http://padinga.com/members/rurouniq/ RurouniQ

    Double Dash, anyone?

  • http://padinga.com/members/jenjen/ jenJEN

    Something something “lining your wall with my power slide”?

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