As someone who grew up with technology and always had the latest gaming systems (Iíve waited in line during system launches in good olí Wisconsin winter weather) one would think Iíd be a little more accepting of it.
However, Iím more akin to my grandfather when it comes to new technology; Iím very slow to adopt it and try to put it off for as long as possible.
The new tech gadget that I have finally adopted is the iPhone 3GS.
Games on the iPhone are cheap, and many of them are well done. One of my favorite games so far is Beneath a Steel SkyĖRemastered. Itís a remake of an adventure PC game from 1994 with art drawn by Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons.
The remastered version with touch controls and the added bonus of portability make the $3 purchase an easy one.
Iíve spent massive amounts of time sifting through iPhone games to find other remastered games, ports or brand new titles to play. Like all systems some are winners and some are stinkers.
Downloads can be free or up to $10. Itís an easy choice to plop down a few bucks for a game I can take anywhere.
And thatís another huge plus about this new gaming platform Iíve embraced.
As a big fan of portable gaming Iíve experienced and owned just about every handheld known to man.
Most of the time I donít even use my handhelds as portable devices on bus rides, plane rides or in during lunch breaks at work like it is intended for.
I usually sit at home and game on my handhelds because I like the games enough to keep my eyes fixated on their tiny screens, but also because I donít think they are that portable.
The Nintendo DS can take a beating, but Iíd still rather not carry it around all the time, case or no case.
The PlayStation Portable is out of the question for brining anywhere for fear of damaging its screen.
The iPhone to me is truly a portable system.
It is a bit larger than some phones, but it is way smaller then Sonyís and Nintendoís handhelds.
I can actually slide the thing into my pant pocket or coat pocket.
The much more sophisticated iPhone cases put my mind at ease if I accidentally drop or bump it into something while occupied with whatever game Iím playing.
Now Iím not saying the iPhone is better than what Sony or Nintendo offer--far from it in fact.
However, having some truly unique games like Trees of Doom coupled with ports of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Final Fantasy Tactics and Shining Force is quickly making my iPhone eat up gaming hours usually set aside for the more mainstream systems.
With that in mind, gaming on Appleís device can only get better. Keeping up with the new iterations of the phone, however, is something my checkbook canít embrace just yet!
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