Smart Phone Gamers Are Gamers, So Get Over It
Spare us the exact definition and just come to grips with reality. Grandma's hardcore.
As an avid player of iPhone and iPad games, I look forward to Wednesdays (11:00PM ET) about as much as you probably do Tuesdays, when publishers normally send the week's titles to retail.
Conversely, I download mine, and there's never a complete schedule on sites like Amazon or GameStop to let me know what's on deck. At least 60 percent of these games are (mostly) a welcome surprise.
I buy and then play them for hours.
How are we different?
Perhaps you don't think so, and if that's the case, thank you for not unceremoniously stripping me of my "gamer" privileges just because I prefer slaughtering monsters in Infinity Blade 2 for iPad, as opposed to killing fools around the world via Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox 360.
Others, for whatever asinine reason, feel differently, and maybe you are one of these people. They think anyone who plays a game on a smart phone (those dreaded Angry Birds) doesn't qualify as a "true gamer."
This, despite the fact that numerous console games exist on the App Store, titles like Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Phantasy Star 2. They seem to forget that some of the most influential hits from the past 20 years have found a new lease on life with touch screen controls to boot.
And yet, I'm not a gamer, nor is Apple a company that helps deliver games to the masses, because why exactly? How come the guy who sits on his couch playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for over 100 hours is more of a gamer than a person enjoying Where's My Water?
Don't we classify this software as a video game? Do you consider Batman: Arkham City a video game, but not Batman Arkham City Lockdown, and am I not a gamer because I play Lockdown and not Arkham City proper?
People who play smart phone games are gamers. By this logic:
Moms are gamers.
Grandpas are gamers.
Sisters are gamers.
Bottom line, immature and borderline arrogant snobs need to stop creating these ridiculous rules while dealing with the fact that yes, smart phones have begun to chip away at the time people spend on consoles and dedicated handhelds. Like it or not, Angry Birds is here to stay, and there's no use judging those who master each level because they choose that iPhone game over Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for PS3.
This isn't some exclusive club that requires a password to join. There's room for everyone.
With that, you enjoy your game, and I'll enjoy mine.