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The Monday Musing - Where do you play mobile games?

By , on March 13, 2017

It's a question that's been bugging me for a while now – where's the best place to play mobile games? It's been bugging me because it's fair to say I'm not your average consumer of mobile entertainment. I mean, it's my job – I'm basically playing them in what amounts to an office (bed).

So in this week's Monday Musing I thought I'd have a good long ponder about some of the spots where people might play mobile games. Partly because there's not really much else going on, but mainly because I'm genuinely interested.

Of course, if you've got a preferred place to whip out your phone and have a poke, feel free to let everyone know about it in the comments. And remember, no one's going to judge you, no matter how weird your favourite mobile gaming place is.

The commute

I'm on trains quite a lot, and one of the things I see when I'm glancing around the carriages is people playing mobile games. Specifically, they're usually playing Candy Crush or one of its derivatives. Especially on shorted journeys, like on the underground in London, there's usually at least a couple of people popping sweets.

Which makes sense, after all games like Candy Crush are designed for brief sessions. Finish a couple of levels, get stuck, wonder whether or not you should pay to keep going. It's interesting to consider that the vast majority of people I say playing in these situations are, to all intents and purposes, playing something that doesn't involve any skill.

Candy Crush is designed to not let you finish certain levels – it's in the game's DNA. The commute seems like a perfect time to turn off your brain, use your eyes to match some things, and then make it home safely in time for tea.

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On the sofa

This is where the big gaming sessions happen. After all, we've all got our mobiles with us at all times nowadays. There's something intimate about mobile gaming on your own, curled up in a ball, probably with the TV on as well.

The same probably goes for mobile gaming in bed. You're sort of bypassing the mobile part of the experience and jumping straight into the gaming. The portability here is more for comfort than anything else, and it means you can play a game while someone else is using the TV.

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On the toilet

This is a similar sort of proposition to gaming on the train or the bus. It's making the most of your down time and getting some gaming in where otherwise you might just be staring at some toilet paper and wondering where everything went wrong.

Bathroom breaks are an excellent time to check in on midcore games, setting things in motion that you can check back in on when you've got a little more time to pay attention to your crops, resources, and homestead.

At a funeral

Probably don't do this. It's frowned upon.