The Christmas of ’81 or ’82, I don’t remember which, brought an amazing thing to my house: A tiny little working Pac-Man video game.  Even with it’s primitive LED technology, it was highly amusing stuff and may be the first handheld video game I ever encountered.  Since then, things have gotten highly sophisticated, from Game Boy to Game Gear to PSP, even to the point where I can now download free games to the magical computer I keep in my pocket at all times.  Heck, we spent a good couple of years playing ‘Angry Birds’ at my house before graduating to more complicated weird stuff, like the one Widget keeps playing where she is a black hole trying to engulf bigger and bigger things in a cartoon city, leading to today’s solid-state query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that downloadable phone apps should definitely count for today’s inquiry, so my current answer is “Bricks And Balls” cause that thing is addictive, asking: What’s YOUR favorite handheld video game?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Kalle Stenberg on

    Probably Gundam Battle Universe (and the two previous games in the series) for the PSP, with the Castlevania-games for Nintendo DS a close second.

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