Sorry, exciting new PSP game “Patapon 2,” but I took a new job.
What’s the biggest impact of me taking a job at Kotaku?
It could well be the elimination of any opportunity for me to play handheld games on the way to work.
Not only is my commute shorter — 30 minutes, down from 40 — but I’m now taking the C train to the F train. Once, I told a guy I saw at a gaming event that I had to take the N or R subway line to get somewhere. I mentioned that the N or R might as well be called the Never and the Rarely. He said he had to suffer the F, which, he told me, meant he was, well… insert past tense of a famous curse here.
I rarely took the F train. I didn’t need to. That changed yesterday.
The F train, I’ve learned after just one day of commuting to New York City’s Kotaku Tower, is stuffed full of people. There is no room to sit and no room to lean. And thus there is no good way to play PSP or DS. You can’t game with two hands when you’re holding onto a pole so as to not tumble into your fellow commuters.
Gaming in the F is a no-go.
I could play games while standing on the subway platform while waiting for the wonderful F train, but that doesn’t seem very satisfying. Not enough time.
So my handheld gaming days on the subway may be over. Blame the F.