Turn Off All Electronic Devices: Video Games That (Almost) Got Us Kicked Off Airplanes
Mr. Baldwin, we salute you. Now how about a game of Mario Kart before takeoff?
Earlier this week, 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin was sent packing off an American Airlines flight for refusing to turn off his phone.
What was he doing? Playing Zynga's Words With Friends.
We can definitely sympathize. The whole "no electronics" rule is quite irritating, especially when the airline forces us to sit on the tarmac while the pilots await clearance to take off, which may result in hours of boredom.
That said, we've spent considerable time flying the friendly skies, and have been told to turn off our video game systems, iPhones and iPads, lest we find ourselves stuck at the gate.
On that note, here are some personal favorite games that almost landed us in hot water.
Mario Kart DS (DS)
Nintendo's enjoyable racer is a wonderful way to pass the time, especially with other friends sitting in the cabin. Hmm, perhaps multiplayer is the reason why stewardesses freak out. OK, OK, we'll put those red turtle shells away.
Tetris DS (DS)
Hands down the coolest version of Tetris in existence, a DS exclusive romp that includes levels inspired by Mario and Metroid, along with a host of game types for players via Wi-Fi. Outstanding. Worth getting punted from seat 10A? Nope.
Any Professor Layton (DS)
You know how it is. You're on the verge of solving a puzzle after 15 or more minutes of head scratching, quickly approaching a solution...then you have to switch off the system and sit there for 25 minutes while all that logic slowly drains from your brain. It's maddening.
Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (DS)
Remember this game? It's a port of the original Resident Evil, but with some cool DS features, none of which make saving easier. Good luck racing to find the nearest typewriter with an airline attendant breathing down your neck. No free in flight meal for you. No seriously, no free meal. You pay for everything these days.
Oh wow, this PSP launch title consumed hours of our lives, and for good reason. It's one of the best puzzle games this side of Tetris. Definitely made those six hour flights to San Francisco a breeze. Well, once the plane was airborne. No Lumines allowed before takeoff.
Infinity Blade (iPhone, iPad)
Ridge Racer (PSP, 3DS)
Fact: Playing Ridge Racer for both PSP and 3DS makes turbulence bearable and borderline cool. Not the sudden dips. Those suck. We mean the slight shakes every so often that make us feel like we're behind the wheel of a high priced muscle car. Yeah, we have issues.
Tiny Wings (iPhone)
If you haven't played Tiny Wings, you're seriously missing out on one of the best iPhone games available. Not only is it incredibly addictive (got to beat that high score), but also the little birdie, visually stimulating 2D worlds and catchy music will immediately grab your attention. Suffice to say, we've played a bit too much with the airline's safety video in the background. OK, we'll stop.