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May 5, 2009

Game Diary - May 5, 2009: The End Of Handheld Gaming As I Knew It

Filed under: Totilo Game Diary — Tags: , , — stephentotilo @ 8:00 am


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.


  1. You could always try and beat the morning rush and get in early :)
    I’m usually on the F between 6:30 and 7 am and will almost always get a seat, but I have to be at work pretty early and I’m only taking the F for 5 or 6 stops anyway.

    Plus, I don’t game much on the train these days. Most of my gaming is limited to iPod Touch games or Sudoku on the Blackberry.

    P.S. Congrats on the new gig!

    Comment by Alex — May 5, 2009 @ 9:41 am

  2. So…you could call it the “effed” train, couldn’t you?

    Thank you, thank you; I’ll be here all week.

    Comment by Samit Sarkar — May 5, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  3. Do what I do, just play at work.

    Comment by Juan — May 5, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  4. I take the F to work as well. I believe I’m a little farther out than you (Kensington) and therefore more likely to get a seat, but it’s far from a sure thing. I’ve adapted by carrying a book in one pocket and my DS/PSP in the other. If I have to stand, it’s the book; if I get a seat, gaming heaven!

    Unless the book is really good, in which case I’ll probably keep reading it anyway.

    Comment by Anthony — May 6, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  5. Single-handed iPhone games like Drop7 and Textropolis are perfect for the F or the 6.

    Comment by Chris — May 6, 2009 @ 10:37 am

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