Mark Frauenfelder at 12:50 pm Fri, Feb 1, 2013
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Megan Reardon of Not Martha wrote about seven iPhone games that she loves. I'm familiar with just one (Where's My Water?) so I'm looking forward to trying these out!
Megan's recommendations for iPhones games to play on long flights
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder.
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I’d like to see data on whether simple book reading has declined significantly with the advent of smartphone games and non-essential apps (eBay, etc) – I’ve never been a game person (whether it’s card games, Monopoly or D & D) and am fascinated by the ability of fully grown adults to spend hours fiddling with smartphones, winding around mazes and moving magic wands and wizards around on a small playing field. I suppose the competitive nature of people fuels these gaming activities, even if the gaming aspect merely involves cartoon characters throwing digital ephemera up digital mountains or bashing one another with pretend sticks. I also suppose that gaming on an airplane makes thejourney go past effortlessly, whereas reading a book involves the difficult chore(s) of turning pages and reading. It’s all so McLuhanesque.
I have a great iPhone game for long flights. It’s called, BOOKS!
Magazines are good, too – some of the magazines I read on airplanes even have reviews of iPhone games. It’s a bit ironic!
I would like to try playing BOOKS! Could you give me the link to the app?
Has the “I don’t have a tablet” crowd become as annoying as the “I don’t have a TV” crowd now? I like to read books on planes, but I also like to watch movies and play games, if that’s ok with you. I don’t mind reading reviews about all of these, thanks.
Or should we complain about every book review that comes up here and say “pick up your tablet, dammit”?
I just grab an SNES emulator and play me some Legend of Zelda or Ogre Battle.
That kills about 64 hours.