Why is handheld gaming still socially unacceptable?

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Posted 11:56am on Fri 22 June 2012
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Why is handheld gaming still socially unacceptable?
Dave's had enough of getting weird looks on his way into work, and thinks it has something to do with playing his Vita.

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Posted 11:56am on Fri 22 June 2012
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You paraphrased about two minutes of me talking into one sentence that I never even said! Now I understand why developers think you're an ass.
Posted 11:57am on Fri 22 June 2012
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Honestly, what a *****.
Posted 11:58am on Fri 22 June 2012
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The only time I'm funny about playing games on handholds in public is because I'm scared someone is going to steal it ^^;;

I've seen a lot of people (adults) playing DS and PSP though on the tubes in London. I've had a few odd looks when I got my 3DS on the tube (streetpass ftw). Nothing that bothers me so much though...
Posted 12:08pm on Fri 22 June 2012
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It's telling that younger people might think it's fine. It's just one of those things that will eventually phase into societal acceptance, and nobody will really care.

I think it's about mental age perception more than anything, which is why wearing a suit while playing Vita is apparently fine. It's still a hobby associated with young people, but if you dress yourself up to fit the archetypal mature figure of someone who takes themselves seriously, then that causes people to question their beliefs.

Obviously you won't change someone's opinion by suiting up or putting on whatever it is that girls wear in offices these days, but gradually the stigma will disappear.
Posted 12:13pm on Fri 22 June 2012
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Whilst I don't play my Vita on the way to work as I drive, I do play during my lunchbreak. At 37, I'm the 2nd youngest in my office and nobody has given my gaming a thought, if anything they come and have a look to see what I am playing.
Posted 12:21pm on Fri 22 June 2012
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I play at work and like Dav no one bats an eye lid.
The only thing that puts me off playing in public is that people may be watching me and laughing at how Sh!t I am!
Posted 12:24pm on Fri 22 June 2012
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"there's a clear indication that dedicated handheld gaming still has a fair way to go until it's seen as a social normality"

That's pretty much all there is to it really. It's just not "normal" to see an adult playing games in public. The more people that do it, the more it will become acceptably mainstream. Imagine what the first Kindle and iPad people looked like. What about in the 80's when people had huge mobile phones with ariels on them? It just needs to become more commonplace.
Posted 12:27pm on Fri 22 June 2012
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If I pulled out a Vita on my daily commute I'd get 3 points on my driving licence and a £60 fine, suit or no suit.

As I haven't used public transport for years I've no idea what is and isn't socially acceptable anymore during such journeys, but I'd imagine that if someone next to me whipped out a Vita and started playing it on a bus I'd think "Cool, a gamer." Unless they started reading a DC Comic on it, in which case I might think "Oh, a geek."

Ergo it's not the device, it's what you're doing with it. Whip out a Saints Row 3 dildo bat and start an ad hoc game of cricket on the tube, no problem. Whip out a Saints Row 3 dildo bat without any intention of playing cricket on the tube, problem.

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Posted 12:28pm on Fri 22 June 2012
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Frequently play on either my phone or my 3DS on the bus to work, or just about anywhere, and I can't say I have ever noticed any funny looks at me. And if I did? I really wouldn't care. What is different about what I do than reading a Kindle or listening to an iPod?

Once, some kid about 6 or 7 crossed the aisle to sit behind me and watch what I was playing on my iPhone. I would even have answered if he had started talking, and when he pulled out his old-school GameBoy just as I was getting off the bus I kinda felt a little envious. (I was in my 20's when the GB came out, so I never got anywhere near the feeling of magic that he would have done from it.)

I do think I am in the minority, though, especially up in the North East. I almost never get any StreetPass hits.
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