How often do you play games on your mobile device?

How often do you play games on your mobile device?
The trend for mobile gaming to take over more traditional PC and console timewasters has been a few years in the making, and is finally starting to bear fruit, especially in Asian countries. In Japan, for instance, mobile just took over consoles, and that's the land of Sony and Nintendo we are talking about.

Whether it is a casual Angry Birds session to relieve the stress while you wait in front of the dentist's office, or a full-scale Modern Combat 5 endeavor, we've all been known to dabble in mobile gaming every now and then. And, yes, playing Tetris or word puzzles counts, too. There have been numerous studies how casual gaming improves focus, cognitive abilities and fine motor skills, while other studies list the perils of spending countless hours killing zombies or racing the track clock.

As everything else around, gaming is good in moderation, that's why we wanted to ask you how often do you do it on your mobile device, be it a phone or a tablet. Some of us only fire up the latest craze like Flappy Bird out of curiosity, others mow virtual enemies on a daily basis, while there's a healthy chunk who don't care at all about gaming on a relatively smallish mobile display. Which type are you? Mark your answer in the poll below, and tell us what you think about the mobile gaming revolution.

How often do you play games on your mobile device?

I play something almost every day
46.06%
I fire up a game every now and then
38.7%
I don't do mobile gaming
15.23%

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26 Comments

1. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Really only play games on my phone if I have a little time to kill but not enough to do much else. Any game recommendations for quick games you can pick up and put down easily? Always looking for new ones.

11. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Fun quick games IMO: - Border Siege - Don't Tap The White Tile - 2048 - Ready Steady Bang - Beach Buggy Blitz - Pool Break - Ski Safari - Stick Tennis - Cogs - Osmos - Reckless Racing - Free Cell - Pocket Soccer Fun Time Consuming Games: - Principia - Apparatus - Carmageddon - Dead Trigger 1/2 - NOVA # - Modern Combat # - Six-Guns - Backstab - CHAOS

25. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Smash Hit :)

2. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Play Hungry Shark Evo everyday as I'm addicted to it even though I finished! It's so relaxing, as if I'm in my aquarium and I love killing people and fishes!! Cut The Rope comes 2nd! They are less stressing than consoles provided you have a capable processor!

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

There should be another option "I game only on PCs or Consoles or dedicated gaming handhelds like Vita".

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That option wouldn't make any sense at all given the question.

7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Just fooling around...

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

There is option for that: 'I don't do mobile gaming'

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is why I say that WP's current selection of games, which isn't too bad, isn't detrimental to the platform... I would argue that the average consumer could care less.....

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Lack of games isn't Windows Phones main problem... It's just one of many.

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It is Windows Phone's main problem. I don't see any other problem with WP. Don't be ignorant.

21. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

How about the fact that, for example, a 2mb worth free Android launcher 8 STILL absolutely mocks the standard WP UI: - proper folders - interactive tiles (widgets as tiles) - landscape mode - live wallpapers - completely customizable tile backgrounds and colors - app drawer can be set into grid and list mode, with customizable backgrounds and icons Further, the OS is still missing true multi tasking, split screen, window inside window capabilities and USB OTG functionality You're the one who is VERY ignorant

22. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Take my like.!

9. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Multiple games daily. Dead Trigger, Cut the Rope 2 and Epic Skater are my go to's these days. Quiz up is always fun too.

12. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

I didn't buy a PS4 to farking play games on my Note 3

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Uh, never. Mobile gaming is the worst thing to happen to games. When I play on the go, I use my vita or my 3DS. And when I am at home, Xbox one. Phone games are awful, and the sooner the world realizes this the gaming world will be a better place,IMO

15. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Phone games are awful? lol, your statement is soo 2008, have you seen these games that are coming out lately? you do realize that a modern-day smartphone trumps your vita in terms of gpu muscle and processing, and besides you can always install an emulator. With smartphone gaming, you have choices, plenty of them, be it touch-based or an emulated physical controls

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I do see games coming out today. They look great, but ps4, Xbox one, and especially PC blow them out of the water. And phones may be more powerful, doesn't mean it is better. With vita, I have dual analog sticks, a d-pad, four buttons, two bumpers, and a back touch pad. With 3DS, I have the circle pad, d-pad, two screens, four buttons, and two bumpers. Not to mention it can render 3D without glasses. Most phones only have a touch screen unless you pay for a controller. And, when you pay for a game, it doesn't have in-app purchases, ads, or disruptions.

20. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Games aren't defined by hardware. They're defined by software. It doesn't matter that a modern smartphone has more power than a PS Vita. Modern smartphone developers aren't putting years of effort into tailoring their code for the platform it's running on. Not to mention that the Vita and 3DS offer exclusives which will not see the light of day on a mobile platform for a very long time, if ever. Oh, but you can emulate them? Heck no. To emulate hardware, you need hardware 10 times as powerful as what you're emulating, as a rule of thumb. SNES and GBA are about the most recent systems which run consistently on mobile (and even those are inaccurate -- bsnes is the only 100% accurate SNES emulator, and most desktops struggle with it). These days, PS1, N64, DS, and PSP might be playable, but the emulators for those platforms tend to be a bit stuttery across the board.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I only play Clash of Clans and Osu. Mobile gaming sucks anyways.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

In no particular order: Real Racing 3 Modern Combat 5 GTA San Andreas Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders Clash of Clans (not so often anymore) Allies In War Carmaggedon (just got it, thanks for the post above) Need for Speed (whichever current) Nitro (By Z2) Metal Storm (By Z2) Repulze Death Rally N.O.V.A Reckless Racing Naughty Bear (it's super fun once you get into it) Jet Car Stunts Eliminate (Used to play that for years before Android was even usable) And a Few Puzzle Types Mostly play multiplayer games, probably spend collectively 2-4 hours a day. Whoever said mobile games suck - hasn't played some of these (or at least on a capable phone)

19. culdude

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

If u dont play clash of clans can i get your account plzz

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Sorry bro, the reason I dont play often is because it takes too long to collect resources and even longer to wait for upgrades to finish. But I still continue - just at a slower pace due to game dynamics... But the most fun is in the beginning, bro - the point of a GAME is to play, not meet a quota... lol...

18. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

only playing ..clash of clans these days .. There should be an option like "I play something almost every Hour" :p

23. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I play games only when I am in toilet.

26. motocraze

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

I play Trial frontier, dead trigger 2 and my all time favorite Shadowgun Deadzone

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