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May 18, 2009

Game Diary - May 18, 2009: Games I Drifted From

Filed under: Totilo Game Diary — Tags: , — stephentotilo @ 9:00 am


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…


  1. I’ve actually gotten more time for portable gaming as I’ve gotten older. On consoles I tend to vary between obsessive play of a new game and not playing much. My portable gaming time tends to be more evenly paced, albeit with huge spikes when I’m doing long distance travel.

    It also definitely helps that portables have become the go-to platform for turn-based tactical gaming, which is a favorite genre of mine. Also, my fiancee is big on JRPGs, so I’ve been working my way through the ported classics.

    Comment by Greg Sanders — May 18, 2009 @ 11:13 am

  2. Hello, Stephen totillo. I read your posts about Grand THeft auto 4 on your mtv site. I loved your points about the things the game did not get right about nyc. Here is more from a New Jerseyan who is a nyc freak.
    1. no williamsburg bridge
    2. the queensboro bridge does not connect to the bronx
    3no brooklyn battery tunnel
    4new yorkers do not care for hummers or any car for that fact.
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    6. You said New york charges people from jersey. nope. The new york/ new jersey port authority charges people from jersey. They also control the wtc site. That is why the mayor has no control of what they will call the freeddom tower
    7 no us open tennis court in Flushing
    8 no sewere smell in the northern blvd section of queens George Washington Bridge

    What New yorker calls coney island a carnival?

    Where is fraud street and the new york stock exchange?
    Why Is Bohan only made up of the South Bronx?
    Where are the people who keep on asking to go to a comedy club(In Times Square)
    No Verrazano Bridge?
    I could of sworn ships go through the new york bay? mayabe I am losing it.
    9?Where are the mets, the yankees, the Brooklyn Cyclones. If they had Staten Island, the Staten Island Yankees.
    10 Where is Madison Square Garden? Geez

    Comment by Ryan — May 21, 2009 @ 3:13 am

  3. I would almost put the ipod touch in a different category. the games are far less demanding of your time, the device is smaller. I never handheld-game and I’m seriously thinking about a Touch just to check out all the cool little games on there. Something to take out while I’m waiting in a lobby or just have a few seconds. I see it as totally different from a DS or a PSP.

    Comment by Eric F — May 21, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

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