I had an interesting conversation at work the other day. A few of us are really into video games so we occasionally slip into casual conversation about which console is our favorite or what old video games we wish we could play again. I don’t know how we started, but the conversation turned to Pokemon and then to handheld gaming.
One of my co-workers, who is very open about not being knowledgeable at all about video games, asked, “Is the Gameboy still around?” I gave him a 30 second history lesson on the evolution of Nintendo’s handheld systems — how Sega’s Gamegear didn’t last, The Gameboy became the DS, etc. He then asked, “Do people still buy handheld gaming consoles today?” A question like that comes as a bit of a surprise because those us who game know that it’s still a huge market, albeit a struggling huge market in the last few years.
We then got talking about the iPhone (iOS 7 just came out) and the following statement was made:
“I don’t need a gaming console. I would never buy one. I have an iPhone.” [Read more...]