Why portable gaming?

I was the prototypical console gamer. It all started in 1983 with the Atari 5200 and continues to this day with the PlayStation 4. Nothing against computer gamers, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Probably because I associated the computer with work. Term papers in high school, educational games in elementary, and typing in junior high. One of the few things I remember doing on a computer in terms of gaming was a map to the final dungeon of the first Legend of Zelda. Any way you look at it, I was heavily invested in console games. All that changed Christmas Day of 1989.

I had a subscription to Nintendo Power, so I knew about the upcoming Game Boy handheld. It was exciting. Games I could play when I couldn’t get the TV? Games I could play while riding during the never ending trips to the beach for vacation? Sign me up! Sure, they wouldn’t look like the games I was playing on my NES, but they would play the same, right? I wanted to find out. So, I asked for a Game Boy for Christmas. Nothing else…just a Game Boy. Well, I must have been good that year, because it was under the tree. Not only that, but Super Mario Land was right beside it. So, a lifelong gamer with a new system and two really good games to play (Tetris was the pack-in, don’t forget)? I was in the middle of gaming nirvana. That’s where my love of portable gaming began and it has only increased since.

Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS (I did wait for the Lite), PSP, 3DS, Vita, and finally the Switch. All had to be mine. Not only those, either. NES, SNES, Genesis, and even the old Atari games all had handheld versions that would play original games (except my beloved Atari 5200….a tear). What about computers? I wasn’t into sitting at a desk and playing games, but mobile gaming? Hey, can’t bust out the GBA in class or on the job, but “checking your phone”? Sounds like a good time for some solitaire, spades, checkers, or crushing candy. I may not play them as much as traditional games, but they are great in a pinch.

Why am I telling you all this? Just giving background on why I’m so excited about releasing content for Gaming on Batteries. It truly is just about the only way I play games now. Yeah, I have that PS4…..even play it every now and then. Just not near as much as the portables. When I think about it, it’s not hard to see why. If you are anything like me, stick around. We’re just getting started at GoB.