Thursday, August 09, 2012

Casual Gamer? Get a Smartphone, Not a Console!

When it comes to gaming, it pays to know what kind of gamer you are – that way you aren’t spending several hundreds of dollars on gaming equipment unless you absolutely have to. There are two types of gamers in this world – serious gamers and casual gamers. A good way to find out which you are is to find out your overall knowledge or interest in games. For example, are you serious about games as a hobby or more of a diversion? If games are more a diversion and less of an investment (both in time and money) then chances are good you are a casual gamer.

If you are a casual gamer looking for a fix, a smarter investment would be to get a decent smartphone instead of a gaming console. Smartphones are much cheaper than any of the big 3 gaming consoles which include Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Sony PS3. The games are cheaper too. For example, you might pay upwards of about $60 for a triple A title on any of the mainstream consoles, but for that much money you could download over a dozen games on your smartphone.

It’s also easier to game on a Smartphone, especially if it has 3G or 4G connectivity. And unlike a lot of the console gamers out there who have to hop into the car and brave traffic to get a new game, you can download a brand new one straight to your smartphone from the comfort of your own home.

Gaming on the smartphone has also gotten more sophisticated over the years, as more and more developers learn how to program for the devices. Things have come a long way since the likes of Angry Birds and you can even find some high-quality games with gameplay and graphics that rival those of the mainstream consoles. Of course you want to make sure you have a decent enough wireless connection to download these, but that can be remedied if you check out

During the daily grind, we all need a break. Whether it’s in between tasks on the job or weathering a weary commute on the bus. Games help pass the time and can even sharpen your mind (depending on what you play). However, if you are a casual gamer and you are not at all concerned about the console-exclusive games, then get a Smartphone and save yourself a couple hundred bucks in the long run.

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