cross posted on GeekGirlsNetwork.com
I recently upgraded my phone from an outdated-whatever-it-was to an iPhone. The reason I did this was not because I was feeling the pull of the shiny white beacon that is Apple, but because I wanted to be able to read emails, play around on Facebook, and check out Twitter. In truth, my old phone was only about a year old, but it was just so clunky handling those applications that I decided to upgrade. I knew that there was also a cornucopia of other apps for the iPhone, including lots of games, but I had no intention of playing any of them because they were silly. I'd played some casual games on Facebook, found them lacking, and immediately dismissed them all, including those available for the iPhone.
Fast forward six months and I have a slightly different opinion. Okay, drastically different. If I'm going to be completely honest, and apparently I am, I play games on my iPhone to the point of distraction. Kids need dinner? Just let me land a few more planes in Flight Control. Phone ringing? It can wait until I pass the next level of Angry Birds. These games are down right addictive! I've even got Game Center all loaded up on my phone so I can see just how much better (or worse) I am at a given game than all my friends. I am now certain that although I would be an incredible air traffic controller, I should never be put in charge of a group of militant little birds. Although I started off thinking these casual games were silly, having given them a chance, I've discovered that they're fun. The only drawback is the snobbery of "serious" gamers.
I put serious in quotes up in that last paragraph because in the end a game, is a game, is a game. None of us, no matter how skilled we become at slingshotting birds or taking on The Covenant are doing anything serious. Unless, okay, if someone out there is playing a game of Global Thermonuclear War, the only winning move is not to play so stop now before you blow us all to bits. Otherwise, it's just about having fun. I get that gamers that are super skilled at challenging games see casual games as a little less than stimulating. If you've spent hours fragging aliens that makes perfect sense. So, stick to what you like to play. What I don't get is why after spending hours fragging aliens those gamers feel the need to denigrate those of us who've spent hours fragging pigs. With little birds. And possibly some sticks. Oh, you know what I mean!
My silly little iPhone games have given me hours of amusement. They've helped me pass the time in dreary hospital waiting rooms, crowded airports, and while waiting for my kids. So what if they're not rocket science? They're fun! My kids like them. I like them. I even got my Mom to play Angry Birds and she wouldn't give me back my phone when it started ringing. As long as we're playing games, any games, and enjoying them for what they are, then I say we just leave each other alone. I'll be happy over your umpteenth kill in Halo if you'll be happy over my umpteenth landed plane in Flight Control. Let's just call a truce so we can all get back to our games, casual or otherwise.