Aside from “Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars” and “ArtStyle Aquia,” I’ve drifted from handheld games this year. I’m usually a completist for games I’m enjoying, but I’ve played large chunks — and then ceased playing — several good portable games this year: “Resistance Retribution,” “Chrono Trigger DS,” and “Rhythm Heaven.”
I’ve also left my copy of “Patapon 2” untouched since I downloaded it, despite its predecessor being one of my favorite portable games.
I’ve written previously in my Diary about how my new job has diminished the amount of time I have for portable games, but that’s no excuse. I’m the kind of gamer who makes time for games anywhere in my life — just ask my very patient wife.
So why the handheld neglect?
I think that, at home, on my TV, I’ve found that I generally like using the TV to play games more than I care to use it to watch baseball or movies or many of the other things that I used to use the TV for.
But when I’m on the go, games often lose out to reading or listening to podcasts. And, once the neglect begins for a given game, it’s easier to stay away than to jump back in.
Perhaps I’m growing too old for handheld gaming. Or, at least, perhaps the shape of my life and the range of my interests has less room for portable gaming than it did even a year ago.
And to think that today is the day I’m getting an iPod Touch so that I can cover gaming on the platform…