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I’m sure people buy portable gaming devices for various
reasons; when you can’t take your primary gaming system with you (like on an
airplane); to keep the kids entertained out in public; to have something to do
when you’re using the facilities (as in, going number two). While portable
gaming devices certainly make great substitutes when our primary platforms are
unavailable, they are also pretty powerful little standalone systems often able
to fulfill our gaming needs.
While my PSP saw hours and hours of continuous use when I
was deployed to Iraq, when I returned home it was set aside amidst the stacks
of comics, video game boxes and other trinkets littering the man cave. It’s not
that I didn’t enjoy it any longer…it’s just that when I’m at home I have other sources
of video game entertainment (console or PC).
Well, as is often the case, real world circumstances (my
job) required me to go on a weeklong business trip from the East Coast to the
West Coast. While packing for the trip, I dusted off my PSP and a game or two
to bring along. But I also brought along my iPhone of course.
I was about 30 minutes into the second leg of the trip, a
four hour flight from Atlanta to San Diego. I retrieved my trusty PSP, but
after 30 minutes, I was bored and put it away. Then I pulled out my iPhone,
started flipping through the various games and demos I have loaded and played a
few. Before I knew it, the intercom crackled and the flight attendant was
instructing us to put our portable electronic devices away in preparation for
landing. Time flies when you’re playing video games.
(Mario on iPhone, for real? I don't think so...)
Did my cell phone really replace my PSP as my preferred portable
Clearly, the PSP has a few advantages over the iPhone (or
similar smart phone like device, although I don’t have any experience with anything
other than the iPhone). An iPhone doesn’t really have any buttons, so sometimes
controls are very limited and require using the onscreen “buttons” or using the
tilt functions (I think it uses accelerometers or something like that, if I
recall correctly). The PSP has like 10
buttons and a thumb stick, so it has a lot more movement capabilities than the
iPhone. Also, the PSP seems to have a much longer battery life than the iPhone.
At least with the iPhone though, there are no swapping UMDs,
it’s smaller and compact, there are a ton of games that are relatively cheap,
and you only have to carry one device around. I don’t think the games necessarily
look or sound better on the phone, but as far as a secondary (or backup) gaming
solution, the iPhone is definitely capable and convenient.
I don’t even have very many games on my phone…but after
scanning the store and seeing page after page, I think I might have to expand
my library. There are some pretty cool games like Plants vs. Zombies, Final
Fantasy, Monkey Island, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies, Rock Band, The
Sims 3, Assassin’s Creed 2, Doom II, Grand Theft Auto…and…
And Oregon Trail.
Oregon Trail, really?!?
I remember playing Oregon Trail (or at least a version of
it) in elementary school on an Apple II and here I am 25 years later playing it
on an Apple iPhone (I actually don’t have it, but am tempted to try it just out
Isn’t it a bit ironic that Macs don’t have near the gaming
community (although it’s getting bigger) that PC and consoles do, yet every
game I listed above is available on a PC or console; and that I set my PSP
aside and used my iPhone as my portable gaming device.
What’s the world coming too?
A Mac console?
Now we have the new PSP Go…no UMD drive. If only it had a
built in cell phone…this would be a much easier decision…in the mean time, I’m
going to check out the Itunes store for some new games. If anyone has some
recommendations, feel free to pass ‘em my way.