Cell Phone Games: The Games I Hate to Love

For years I was a hater of all mobile gaming. When Angry Birds rose in popularity (The original + spin-offs held 1st place in the app store over 500 times!) I felt that it was a disgrace to gaming. People who didn’t love or appreciate video games all of a sudden were playing this game with what seemed to be very little depth or soul. But it became a cultural phenomenon and took what was a very small gaming platform and made it a huge one.

These days almost everyone has a smart phone or a tablet, and you would be hard pressed to find someone with one who doesn’t have some kind of game on it. Maybe it’s solitaire, maybe Clash of Clans, heck, maybe it’s still Angry Birds. But I’d assume 98% have SOME game on there, whatever it may be. For years I avoided this platform of gaming like the plague, not wanting to steal away time from my beloved handheld and console gaming. But then something happened.
One day I had a friend who introduced me to a Star Wars game on my phone. I love Star Wars, I love collecting cards and I love team based gaming, and so Star Wars Force collection became an instant addiction. All of a sudden I had become one with what I had hated not long before. The ease of pick up and play lured me in, the events that had me carefully rationing away energy over time in order to play again in an effort to get the best cards kept me enthralled. Not to mention forming a legion of both friends and strangers which gripped my hand, pulled me in and kept me coming back for more. It’s not the most popular game on mobile platforms but I still love it and will probably play it until the day they woefully shut it down.
The point is that game started a spiral of me playing different free to play games, some that have stuck (Star wars Galaxy of Heroes) some that haven’t (Clash Royale), but I look forward to playing now and these often get more play then my other, still more preferred, gaming platforms due to their ease of access. At the end of the day I can’t say I couldn’t live without mobile gaming… But it is a platform that i hate that I love so much.
From as early as he can remember, Krispy has been a gamer. From the Super Mario Bros 3 on NES to Destiny on PS4 he has been running, jumping, and button smashing across worlds on most major consoles. A few of his favorite games are Super Metroid, Earthbound, and the Uncharted series.

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