As the dozens of you who have joined the ATB fanclub know from my recent newsletter, I'm still in love with the DS lite, having grabbed it on launch day. It, has in fact, become one of those watershed purchases in my gaming history- the first since my acquisition of the XBOX in 2002 completely steered me away from more than a decade of PC only gaming.
Habits that have changed since the acquisition of my DS Lite:
1. I've significantly cut back on my console playing as the 'hassle' of powering up the tv, the console and the surround sound system is now too much effort whereas the DS gives me near instant gratification
2. I am currently engaged in Octo-simultaneous play whereas previously on the consoles and even back on the PC, I almost always played one game from start to finish before firing up another. Currently on the DS I'm playing (in order of most time to least): Advanced Wars: DS, Brain Age, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Mario Kart, Phoenix Wright, New Super Mario Bros, Brain Age and Trauma Center. Zounds!
3. I play in places where I never thought I would play (public): I've broken the DS out at Doctor's offices, oil change companies, and other venues. Gaming for me is coming out of the closet, as it were
4. I play in places where I NEVER
thought I would play (private): <cough> in the bathroom. I even, uh, bring it with me when I go to my work's HQ, drop the sound all the way down and play when I'm in the men's restroom at work. Yah baby!
5. As a direct result of #4 the amount of time I spend reading has dropped significantly. I'm hard pressed to read my two favorite magazines at all now: Wired and The Economist. Also, my brief flirtation with the novel, rekindled by the masterpiece The Three Muskateers has been put on hiatus.
6. I no longer dread trips out of town. I've done a bit of travel lately and the DS has come with me to every location. It's a great go to when there's nothing to do or I need a quick fix before bed when in a strange land
7. Interrupted sleep patterns. Specifically due to 6, when I'm on the road my schedule is already off and this is exacerbated by my staying up 30 mins to an hr longer than I intended to deal some damage to Black Hole.
8. I've started wearing gamer T-shirts. Yes, my wife bought me the 'I have control issues' shirt with a an N64 controller on it, but since getting the DS and falling more and more in love with Nintendo, I've purchased several others...and wear them in public.
9. I have introduced gaming to my oldest child: 3.5. While I don't want my kids to be as hooked on gaming as I am, I have let the oldest play whack a mole on NSMB as well as play a bit of Mario Kart. Previously, as almost all my games for the console are M or T rated, I only played after they went to bed. Still, I don't let it interfere with 'daddy' time, but it is becoming more mainstream
10. I finally got teh wife to play something...briefly. I thought she would enjoy brain age, but she didn't care for it telling her 'how stupid she is' when, upon her first try, her brain age was 81. Despite my explanations that it would get easier as she acquired the familiarity with the device, the door has not only once again been slammed, but deadbolted. My mother in law loved BA. She lives 6 hrs away though.