I really want to enjoy games that are “free.” I mean, wouldn’t a life where my primary hobby is playing games be better if I was playing games that were free? Unfortunately, free games have other costs, so much so that as soon as I see “free to play” mechanics I delete whatever I just downloaded. Why do these mechanics fall so short? You can bet I’m going to go on and on about it.
Handheld gaming occupies a special place in my heart. No, it’s not just because my first console that was mine was a handheld (the Sega Game Gear, actually). It’s not just my deep love for Pokemon (though that helps). It’s not even my fond memories of playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance at stop lights while working as a delivery driver (probably not super safe, don’t recommend it). Handhelds fit the way I game that consoles hooked up to a TV and PCs just can’t match (though my laptop certainly tries).