Lately, especially now that my courses have started up again, I've been finding myself spending a lot of my gaming time on handhelds. I didn't really do this too much before now, but with the past couple of weeks being as busy as they were, and the fact that my "break period" this semester is kind of straddling the line between "too short to do something serious" and "too long to do something whimsical", it's just something that's been coming up more. The more and more I play like this, though, the more I'm starting to feel like people are acting a bit different when they see me on a portable system.

Now, I'm not saying people are getting angry with me or crying on behalf of my DS screen since I'm not bothering to use my stylus or anything like that. Its little things, like staring, or even approaching me about it. Things I never really get when I'm playing games on something like a phone or tablet. Perhaps it's the backwards nature of where I live, or maybe it's all in my head, but I just seem to attract a bit more attention when I have a portable out. I know in some areas it's not that big of a deal, like Japan, but I can't help but feel a little awkward doing it anymore ... I guess could be a little bit of both.

Let's be honest, it's not like I'm as bad as some people when they try to game on the go, right?

I should also mention that few that I have had randomly approach me about it usually are gamers themselves. The experiences I've had with them have been mixed so far. My favorite experience, or possibly least favorite depending on how I look at it, thus far is someone who asked me what I was playing, and when I told them I was playing Animal Crossings, they almost instantly asked if I played anything else, as if that wasn't the answer they were looking for.

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Anyways, that's enough about my experiences. What about yours? Do you ever play your dedicated portable gaming device of choice in public? Do you feel strange doing it? Have you ever had any conversations start up as a result?

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