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DeadRadical avatar 7:37 PM on 11.30.2012
IOS you beautiful miniature sized Sandwich!

Like many of you my love and adoration for games has only grown and swelled like a disgusting case of acne as I've gotten older. They tend to eat up a lot of free time as games are constantly getting bigger and better with oh so much to do. As a kid I dedicated a great deal of my time to playing games and these stays strong today however not as frequently, why? Because when you're a kid the most responsibility you have is to not use the living room plant as a toilet because you were too lazy to go upstairs and use the toilet. But as a 19 year old who now has a social life and college work to deal with I find my time with games sometimes harder to arrange.

Even then though my responsibilities are tiny compared to what the future adult world holds in store for me and I sometimes worry this threatens my precious time with games. You see after a day that has left you mentally and or physically exhausted despite the desire to play games the energy to push ones self through it is low. Games like Skyrim are like a feast who's size rivals that even of the most royal and prestigious of feasts, it looks and tastes great but you have to spend so much time consuming it to fully appreciate it. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for something so big and sprawling, for something that requires what is admittedly little brain power. So how do I get past this and gain my gaming fix? With the fresh packaged box of IOS mango slices.



At this point last year if you asked me if I think IOS is a part of gaming I would have replied "No.". This wasn't so much down to me finding Angry Birds success a disgrace like so many others seem to but the reasoning I recall was that I didn't consider them deep enough, meat filled experiences to be recognised as a part of gaming, to me gaming on IOS provided nothing more than 5 minute distractions.

Then I hit 2012 and begun seeing some of the things coming to IOS and I started feeling a little jealous, these small little games looked fun to me despite what may potentially be small quantities of content. Soon enough my past problem with IOS was dropped and I was able to recognise IOS has a place in gaming.and people can play what they damn well want. Then I recently acquired myself an iPhone, now I've never been more thankful for IOS.

Sometimes I just want to relax in my own bed and play a small little game, nothing too extravagant or overly complicated and many of IOS's gaming content provides that perfectly. Games like Royal Revolt feature missions that barely take 5 minutes but provide me with plenty of enjoyable content in that small time frame to leave me satisfied afterwards with a quick gaming fix. Games like Tiny Tower I can easily jump into and quickly sort out my residents then hop back into whatever else I was doing.

Then there's Fieldrunners 2 a game I've become quite fond of, a classic tower defense game that manages to not feel overly familiar or dangerously by the numbers thanks to a great wealth of various towers each with unique certain ways of putting down waves of soldiers. All that wrapped up neatly with a pretty bow of beautifully coloured levels that have some life to them and not feeling overly solid. However the missions here won't be any smaller than 5 minutes due to my latest wave lasting up till 70 rounds! But hey guess what, I can easily pause and jump in and out of the game without a sweat and no hassle of painful loading times. Pain free!



This is all fun and well though it made me realize something even further, that I'm longing for consoles to include such a feature. Despite the huge leaps of advancements with each generation the loading times, clunkiness and hoops required to get to our games have only increased and become all the more irritating. I do love my PS3 but the god awfully irritating long downloading times for patches never ceases to irritate me and sometimes by the time it's done I've lost all motivation to play the damn game!

Then we have games like Gravity Rush which I'm so desperate to like but oh the loading times, why in Zeus's thundering authority are the loading times so awful? I encountered my first stealth mission in the game and needless to say I was quick to be calling the game a piece of shit. Not only isn't the game really built for stealth gameplay at all but when you get caught and have to restart you're subjected to a black screen with a tiny loading icon in the corner staring you in the face for what feels like eternity. Why must I wait so long for something that in the end was poorly designed and included?



Overall having an iPhone and getting into IOS gaming has made me increasingly intolerant of the clunkiness and inconvenience we're plagued with from consoles today. Don't get me wrong Apple aren't exactly saints themselves when it comes to these problems as certain actions on their devices can feel like ripping out your own teeth but when it comes down to the gaming side of it all I'm happy, it's fast, easy and hassle free. Even better is that when there is a patch/update for an app, it's waiting for me on the app store, this might sound inconvenient but I still get to play with my games when I please and not have to worry about any impending slow patches of doom.

However the things I'm hearing about the Wii-U and some of its multi-tasking skills have grabbed my interest and Nintendo could have some of the answers I'm looking for. In the end though despite these trivial realisations I'm just happy that when I've finished playing Bioshock for the infinite uncountable time I know that just a hand reaches away I have a tiny little device bursting full of content ready to snack on and give me my fill for the bitter moments I spend away from my console.

Also they have Ace Attorney on IOS, nuff said.


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