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Games That Travel Well

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the hit-the-road-jack dept.

Role Playing (Games) 317

hipernoico writes "Wired has a summary of good portable RPG games for the end of this year. 'What better way to travel than in the company of a dragon-slaying knight? ' " I've travelled thousands of miles playing various Game Boy Pokemon titles. Although lately WarioWare Touched and Meteos have taken the place of my usual RPG travel companions. What games will you be playing while dreading arriving at your parents house?

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Break out the Pokemon (5, Insightful)

TooCynical (323240) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308590)

I remember nightmare roadtrips with my parents filled with sibling fighting, incessant "Are we there yets" and parental death threats like they were yesterday. When my husband determined that a family roadtrip was a good idea I had horrid flashbacks but he would not be swayed. I prepared by buying ear plugs; he just stocked up on strategy guides, headphones and batteries. As much as it galls me to admit - he was right. We drove 1500 hundred miles without a peep - it was incredible.

Who knew that you could log hundreds of blissfully silent hours playing various Pokemon titles?


Re:Break out the Pokemon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308821)

I just hate it when the 8 year old kid across the aisle wants to trade with you, and when you connect the cable up, his parents look at you like some sort of sex offender.

I guess the GBA version solves this, albeit through the violation of all sorts of FAA/FCC ordinances.

Re:Break out the Pokemon (2)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308963)

Ah, Pokemon. I still need to beat a few of those. I'd recomend you buy a power inverter for your car and an AC adapter for the gameboys. It'll save you a few hundred on batteries.

Re:Break out the Pokemon (3, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308994)

Who knew that you could log hundreds of blissfully silent hours playing various Pokemon titles?

Um. Pretty much everyone, circa 1999... I never did quite catch 'em all.

Re:Break out the Pokemon (1)

robotoverflow (738751) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309065)

1500 hundred miles without a peep

The price of batteries alone ...

Re:Break out the Pokemon (2)

malelder (414533) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309092) more than worth the quiet.

Uuuuh... (5, Funny)

k3v1n (262210) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308597)

What games will you be playing while dreading arriving at your parents house?

This is Slashdot, I live at my parent's house!

Re:Uuuuh... (5, Funny)

saintp (595331) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308728)

Really, the walk upstairs isn't so long that I need my PSP for the trip, although I usually do need to stop and take a breather about halfway.

That sound a little wird (1)

Ironballs (915117) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308605)

What better way to travel than in the company of a dragon-slaying knight?

Certainly people @ don't have sexuality issues

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308606)

I've installed Nethack on my iBook for my on-the-go RPG playing needs.

Re:Well... (5, Funny)

timster (32400) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308642)

Nethack isn't an RPG... whatever gave you that idea? It's a simulation. Just like some people call first-person shooters "murder simulators", Nethack is a suicide simulator.

Re:Well... (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308779)

Nethack is a suicide simulator.
Nethack is a murder simulator too, only played from the perspective of the victim.

Dread arriving at my parents' house? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308610)

I don't know if I have enough time to play a game walking up the stairs from the basement.

Just kidding, I don't live in my parents' basement... I live in the attic.

Re:Dread arriving at my parents' house? (2, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308812)

I live in my parents house, but make them live in the attic. Or, at least they were still alive the last time I checked, but that was three weeks ago now...

Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (2, Funny)

xoip (920266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308614)

Hangman...tic tack toe...crossword sound is great for driving:)

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (2, Informative)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308647)

Headphones are what you seek.

One can only play Hangman four to five times before boredom sets in.

Tic-tac-toe is amusing two or three times.

Crossword puzzles are only entertaining for a maximum of 1.3 hours.

Video games can be entertaining for 20+ hours straight.

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308745)

1.3 hours is fairly specific. Any reason why crosswords only entertain for 78 minutes? Pen and paper is also not so great on roads with corners and roundabouts

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (3, Funny)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308855)

Any reason why crosswords only entertain for 78 minutes?

Because that's how long it takes for you to realize you just spent 78 minutes doing a dull, monotonous crossword puzzle.

And that's not 78 minutes for the trip. Its 78 minutes for your whole life.

Yeah, pen and paper games don't really seem like such a good idea to me. It seems like another extension of those lame car songs they sang in all those Chevy Chase National Lampoon movies. I can see what would happen:

"Take that pen out of your sister's eye, or so help me I WILL STOP THIS CAR!"

"The window is not a sketchpad! Don't think that I can't take this belt off while driving."

"No, you can't get high off the ink. I don't care if you drink it. We're not stopping to get you a coke."

"No, the dog doesn't like it when you put a pen there. DON'T PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH AFTER THAT!"

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14309101)

Sure are a cynical bastard, aren't you?

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308874)

The average person writes one letter ever 1 second. When you are playing a crossword puzzle, you are constantly visualizing yourself writing letters, even if the words make no sense. The average person will also spend about 5 tries on a word (which has an average length of 5.5 letters) before moving on, where there is a 5 second lag. With an average number of words in the puzzle of 66 and with a 30% first try efficiency (with successes taking an average of 2.5 tries), this accounts for 35.75 minutes. In the second try there is a 30% efficiency again with the remaining 70% which accounts for an additional 25.03 minutes. With the 49% remaining another 17.52 minutes is used. At this point most puzzle players give up, with a total time spent of 78.3 minutes. In reality most players quit about 2.36 tries through their last word (omitting the 5 second lag completely), making the total time spent at 78 minutes. Any questions?

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (1)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308984)

Wow, what he said.

A mathematically reasonable description of why I get bored with crosswords. :-)

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (1)

mikerubin (449692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308770)

In addition, it seems like an invitation to have sharp writing instruments in the kid's hands when the boredom sets in. Then again, most kids growing up may have broken a window or a vase, not walls and doorframes.

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (1)

mikerubin (449692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308829)

oops - invitation for disaster, I meant.

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (2, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308811)

Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games...

Amen. There are even some more advanced games that can be played on the go. Ghoulash [] , for example, only requires two printed sheets and two pencils. Scenarios take about 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, and you can pause at any time.

I've also heard of people taking printable board games like Battle for Moscow [] and mounting them on thick cardboard sheets. They're then able to put pins through the pieces to keep them in place at all times.

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308824)

You also forgot Logic Problems and those magazines that have the assortment of puzzles. I go through a lot of those.

There's also a game I used to play as a kid on pen and paper. The way it worked was that each person had three battleships drawn out on a base on an edge of the paper. There were islands in the middle. On each persons turn, they could opt to move one battleship 5 spaces or move one battleship 3 spaces and then shoot at an enemy ship. The spaces were just dashes on the paper and shooting involved placing the tip of your finger on the eraser of the pencil and pushing down. This caused the pencil to shoot out a semi-random line representing your torpedo. If your torpedo hit another player's ship before it hits land, that player's ship is destroyed. The last person to have an unsunken ship is the winner.

Re:Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games... (2, Funny)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308992)

"Save the batteries...Pen AND Paper Games..."

Recharge the batteries, save the trees.

"tic tack toe"

The only way to win is not to play.

"crossword puzzles"

Yeah, throw a twelve-year-old kid today's New York Times crossword puzzle and see how many they're actually able to complete before "I don't understand any of these, this sucks, are we there yet?"

What games will you be playing while dreading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308618)

Easy and fun

avoid the crazy drivers on the nys thruway and the masspike.

its alot of fun =)

Advance Wars (4, Informative)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308634)

I've found that Advance Wars 1&2 are good travel games. Each level takes about 30 minutes or so, and you don't need any volume. Great for airports, planes, or sitting around after xmas dinner. I don't have a DS, so I can't comment on AW on there, but I imagine it's just as good, if not better.

Re:Advance Wars (2, Informative)

Hitto (913085) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308916)

It's the best!
And you can also unlock extra stuff if you insert the GBA titles in the DS's GBA slot.

Pocket PC maturing nicely.. (5, Informative)

puntloos (673234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308635)

Traditionally the PocketPC wasn't really seen as a serious contender to things like the PSP, however times are a changin, methinks.

Adventures: With scummvm - [] you can run any old lucasarts adventure perfectly:
  • Sam and Max
  • Day of the Tentacle
  • Full Throttle

And modern PocketPC's are starting to have 'doable' processing power too.. Dell Axim X51v has 640x480 screen plus a true 3D accellerator, for example. I bet PSX-1 emulators will start to work soon enough...

Ah there already is one.. (3, Informative)

puntloos (673234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308764) [] - Plays most of the final fantasies at 40+fps on a 400Mhz Xscale device already.. nice.

Super Mario (5, Insightful)

Aglassis (10161) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308644)

As far as I'm concerned, the Game Boy Advance versions of the Super Mario brothers games are the perfect travel games. They don't require a large time commitment and are infinitely replayable.

But when I get bored of those I usually play a Metroid game or a Zelda game.

A massively in-depth RPG would seem to me to be a poor travel game. They require too much time and memory (your memory) to be able to jump in whenever you wanted.

Re:Super Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308825)

and dont forget about the new animal crossing for the DS... its just as addicting as the first one, and there is no set time frame for any of it, just play as long as you like... plus with mcdonalds wifi you can socialize when you stop for food....

I have a game (5, Funny)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308649)

The lady and I play this fun game on our drives. It basically starts with me saying something insightful or interesting or funny, and then she thinks about what I said and she replies with something contextual to what I said.

Imagine it is like slashdot, but without moderation and only between two or 3 people. I had a feeling it would supplement and even replace gaming and web forums, but I don't think it will catch on.

If you try it some time, remember that is might be trademarked or patented, so be cautious who you do it around.

Re:I have a game (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308669)

Pffft. Sounds too complicated.

Re:I have a game (1)

Ironballs (915117) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308692)

Apparently we need a woman to make this game flow as how it was designed.

Difficult stuff to find this "woman" everybody talks about

Re:I have a game (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308725)

I've been telling Google for years to add Girls.Google.Com.

Or is that

Re:I have a game (0, Redundant)

martinthebrit (565913) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308701)

Is that not called a conversation?

Re:I have a game (0)

martinthebrit (565913) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308746)

Sorry, ignore that last comment. I seem to have fallen into the "explaining the bleedin' obvious joke" trap

Re:I have a game (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308750)

Do they have a single-player version of this game?

Re:I have a game (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308799)

Actually, they do.

You can get it from this place [] , but you have to get it yourself.

Re:I have a game (0, Redundant)

jim_v2000 (818799) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308926)

Sounds like this thing called a "conversation" to me.

Re:I have a game (1)

Marc2k (221814) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309053)

I like how no one got or appreciated this joke.

Gotta agree about FFIV (1)

cubicle_cowboy (521716) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308652)

I missed this game back in my SNES days, but I'd watch my friends play from time to time. I just got it last week and wow this is fun, finally a reason to bust out my GBA since Zelda (and Crystal Chronicles on the Gamecube). The story can be a bit hokey from time to time, but I just remind myself to pretend I'm 13 years old again and it works. Now I just need my friends to stop trying to spoil the story while I play it.

Re:Gotta agree about FFIV (2, Funny)

Red_Foreman (877991) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309006)

Golbez is Cecil's brother, Rosa and Cecil get married and rule Baron, Edge and Rydia hook up and rule Edge's Kingdom, Edward becaomes a King, FuSoYa and Golbez go back to the moon, and the Palom and Porom go back to Mysidia, as the Mysidian Elder was able to remove their petrification.

Re:Gotta agree about FFIV (1)

ShadeEagle (153172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309090)

Kinda ironic, the story icon...

FFIV Advance for the win.

Bumper Cars (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308657)

That's what I'll be playing on the drive home.

What? (1)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308658)

No Pacman or Space Invaders?

What games? (4, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308659)

What games will you be playing while dreading arriving at your parents house?

Obviously, Need for Speed Underground 2 [] .

No, not on a game console. I mean fighting my way through holiday interstate and city traffic.

Advance Wars (1)

rockmuelle (575982) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308673)

The best travel games I've found for the Gameboy Advance are the Advnace Wars series. I've spent entire trans-Pacific flights playing the longer campaigns. If only the airlines would build link cables into the seats for playing random passengers...

A close second lately has been Lumines on the PSP. Trying to get higher scores on the 60 second mode makes time fly (Did I really just play 80 rounds???).


Playing on the road (1)

ChaosCube (862389) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308674)

I'll be playing Lumines on my son's PSP while driving six hours to Dallas.

GBA/DS Games (4, Informative)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308677)

Golden Sun is an enjoyable GBA RPG, although a bit annoying in places (I still can't complete the final battle)

Fire Emblem and Advance Wars (DS or GBA) are games that make journeys appear to pass in a flash: I've nearly missed stations on the train because I was too involved in the game. They're both turn based and easily suspendable, so interruptions don't matter.

Re:GBA/DS Games (1)

Darth_Sauron (446448) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308737)

Along the same lines as Golden Sun/Fire Emblem is Shining Force - The Return of the Dark Dragon. It's a port of the older Genesis game Shining Force, with a few addition characters; and a newgame+ (increased enemy stats) for after you've beaten the game.

Dofus (1)

tijmentiming (813664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308678)

Dofus [] is a French / English tactical MMORPG, it's build with Flash so it works in any browser (or standalone on Windows/Mac). Dofus is not totally free (as in beer), but there is an area on the map where you can play for free. It's a very funny game. There are jokes everywhere (in the items, quests, weapons, spells etc) If you don't want to pay for a game you better not try this one out. Because you'll get addicted and before you know it, you'll pay the monthly fee!

Re:Dofus (1)

tijmentiming (813664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308697)

uhh never mind, i didn't read the Portable part :-D
a MMORPG is totally wrong then.
Let's hope there is a wifi AP near the car then

How about RPG's for Laptops? (2, Informative)

swordfish666 (518548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308700)

Let's say a 1.8GHZ/512RAM/64Video....

So far I have found:
Diablo II runs well
NWN runs ok if you turn everything down

Re:How about RPG's for Laptops? (2, Insightful)

TrueBuckeye (675537) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308917)

Certainly the Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale series should work. The single player of either of those is better than the main campaign in NWN (although the followups to NWN were quite good). Rather than RPGs on the laptop, I prefer the Civ games. Rather than using Civ to keep me awake until 4AM when I have to work the next day, I like to take it along to play in airports or on planes. You don't have the security risk of playing FPS (hint - yelling "SET THE BOMB" may be ok when you are playing Counter Strike at home, but it is frowned upon when in an airport), plus the "one more turn" addictiveness of Civ makes those layover go by quickly.

Re:How about RPG's for Laptops? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14309064)

The first and foremost thought is: emulators. What more could you want? You know you never finished Ultima V,VI,VII...

Secondly, w/ 1.8 GHz & 512 MB you should be able to play a lot more than DII & NWN (although, as far as RPG's on modern PC's go... NWN, mostly, has it all).

I run WoW at home on my NC4200 (1.8 Pentium M, 512 Ram), and it runs just fine... so I'd recommend a reinstall -- check the usual places and you'll find a really snazzy little XP instsall that occupies under 500 MB HD/50 MB ram (it's an unattended installation and the ISO weighs in @ 124 MB). It bloats a little w/ driver install... but my Win install is sitting happy w/ a total footprint of around 102 MB.

Of course, there's so many solid old(er) RPG's for PC (BG, BGII, Planescape, etc...) that you should be just fine if you look through your backlog.

Definitely, NetHack! (5, Informative)

RicochetRita (581914) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308719)

Yup. It's turn-based & runs on damn near everything.

(Of course, it helps to have the portable hardware to carry it around on...)


Re:Definitely, NetHack! (1)

puntloos (673234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308740)

Runs on anything? Nethack needs like 2000 key combinations.. how are you going to fit that into a pocket device that traditionally has 5-10 buttons?

Re:Definitely, NetHack! (1)

thryllkill (52874) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308863)

Well, QT Nethack for the Zaurus has menus to handle most of the actions you need to perform. Since it only runs in landscape view on my SL-C3100 I just use those.

Oh... and most of these devices have software keyboards, so if you really need it, it's there.

nethack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308721)

i play nethack on ipaq 3900 with opie/familiar linux.

Screw brain dead games (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308736)

My kids will be armed with digital cameras and a handheld GPS back there. They will be encouraged to track our progress on the GPS as well as find waypoints as well as taking photos of a list of items.

Both of which keeps them somewhat quiet except for real interaction that should be welcomed by any parent. And teaches them valuable skills.

Otherwise I could simply load up on dvd's of cartoon-network recordings and let them waste their brain on the built in DVD player.

Re:Screw brain dead games (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308815)

Good idea, but your kids will be made fun of.

Warning: pointless satire (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308850)

CHILD: The camera is full.
PARENT: No it's not. Do not lie to me. Lying hurts the Earth.
C: I've just taken my seventeenth picture of a mile marker.
P: Then you can make a collage when we get home about the mindless mind-wasting rat race to nowhere all the stupid people are stuck in.
C: Can't I play a game?
P: Games are the soul sucking demon spawn of the militaro-corporate power structure complex.
C: I'm hungry. Can we stop?
P: What, so you can poison your precious bodily fluids with a rotting flesh burger and tallow tainted death fries?
C: And I have to pee.
P: You already went yesterday. Hold it in. It will build character and make you impervious to the evil mechanations of the Illuminati controlled Cartoon Network.
C: The camera really is full.
P: Lies! I know the capacity of that camera, and I have been counting the number of shots you have taken and calculating to the byte how much space you have left by looking at your subjects and running the JPEG algorithm in my head. Silence!

Re:Warning: pointless satire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308958)

Actually with a 256meg Sd card in the Ratshack Flatfotos they really cant fill them up. The battery will die way before the SD card get's full.

And typically my answer is "hows it feel to want?" or "yes, get out!" or "Youre not really my child we kidnapped you right after you are born."

I'm a major smartass and the kids know that.

Re:Screw brain dead games (2, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308940)

They will be encouraged to track our progress on the GPS as well as find waypoints as well as taking photos of a list of items.
Shit. Lumpy is already breeding the next generation of bloggers. :)

Cards. (2, Insightful)

gowen (141411) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308752)

No, not Magic: The Dithering or Pokemon, but good old fashioned Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades. You can play literally countless variations, skill levels range from the simple (SNAP!) to needlessly complex (have you ever tried to understand Duplicate Bridge rotations), and you can play with any number from one, to more than a dozen. Add in the rules of Texas Hold'em and some gambling chips, and you can even be a bit edgy by running the risk of being arrested (but only in the Land Of The Free).

On top of that, you'll likely be able to play some kind of game with everyone you meet, from kids to adults, and unlike role playing games, some of these may even be women.

Gran Turismo (1)

TimeZone (658837) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308756)

The I-90 track.


Re:Gran Turismo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308965)

By the way, the Grand Theft Auto games are NOT good games to play prior to or especially while driving. There is just too much of an impulse to cut somebody off and carjack their nicer car.

A summary containing only 3 games? (4, Informative)

VitrosChemistryAnaly (616952) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308758)

Okay, I just read TFA. Um, there are only 3 games in this "summary". Don't you think they could have gone over more games?

Basically the article boils down to this: Final Fantasy IV is good for the GBA. Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time is good for DS. PoPoLoCrois is good for PSP.

Any other /.ers recommend any more games?

I find the summary quite lacking.

Re:A summary containing only 3 games? (1)

Forkenhoppen (16574) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309020)

Not quite; they don't exactly give a rave review of PoPoLoCrois, just that it's the only game in town on the PSP..

Personally, I think you'd be better off transcoding some video to take with you if you've got a PSP.

I've got it all figured out (1)

the_tsi (19767) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308775)

...once I get to my parents' anyway. But the 6 hour flight is gonna kill me. I gotta find some way to get WoW on the plane. Please, stewardess, you don't want to make me stop using my cellphone. If I miss the MC raid, I'll cry.


I can feel the withdrawal symptoms manifesting already.

Not DURING the drive (1)

Mayhem178 (920970) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308782)

Well, I won't be playing any games DURING the drive, seeing as I'll be driving myself home for the holidays. Besides, I kinda fell out of the console gaming scene years ago.

* Engage old man voice *

Back in MY day, for long road trips, all I needed was my original Game Boy and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. You whipper-snappers these days are all coddled!

Seriously, though, once I'm there, I'll be busting out Neverwinter Nights. The game never ceases to amuse me. I'll be working on the PW module that the PC Gaming Club I set up at my alma mater, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. They still let me develop and maintain the module, so that's what I'll be doing over Christmas.

Anyone who's interested, the server is called "ShadowRealm RHIT" under PW Action on GameSpy. I'll no doubt be on there, and any RPG only gets better when there are more people playing.

Sudoku (2, Informative)

jaf (121858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308802)

Sudoku on my Treo650 works well for me when I need to pass the time..

Developing a Love/Hate Relationship w/ Fire Emblem (1)

Argon Sloth (655369) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308814)

What else are road trips for but discovering what you love/hate most about the people you travel with. You can't go wrong with either of the Fire Emblem games. The added bonus is the games save every action as soom as it's decided. Meaning that you can power off whenever necessary and not lose any data. Which works great for those city bus rides to and from work. The downside to this even the consequences of your actions remain. Ever turned off a game in frustration when a main hero dies, ending your quest? With these games. Only the twist this time happens when you turn on the GBA later to see that you've still got a mission in progress. Forgetting that there's a mission in progress. You instinctively resume your mission only to see that hero get cruelly cut down and fade into the game over screen before you even get a chance to act. Despite the amazing time sink that is Fire Emblem, somehow I found myself playing classic Zelda on my 5 hour bus ride last night. I picked it up on a whim months ago, but haven't actually seriously sat down to play it. It seems that I managed to remember where all the important things were in the first quest, and about half of the 2nd. Ah, the fruits of a wasted youth.

What games will you be playing? (5, Funny)

Quirk (36086) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308823)

I play the attentive, successful son encased in emotional armour. My mother wields guilt like a rapier cutting through any protective armour I've constructed over the years and bleeds me emotionally dry to the point of a death by a thousand cuts. My older sister plays the perfect daughter while casting down upon me a litany of aspersions recounting my every wrong doing. My father plays God, distant but willing on a moment notice to bring down justice in the voice of command.

As always my saving strategy is to drink heavily, hopefully inconspicously, while waiting for the Good Mother, the Saintly Daughter and the Rigtheous Father to fall asleep and allow me to spark up a phat doobie on the deck and watch the ocean rock the Christmas lights strung on the masts of the sail boats.

Re:What games will you be playing? (1)

manno (848709) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308967)

Come on your kidding, is it realy that bad?

Toys R Us (2, Interesting)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308834)

And don't forget to hit Toys R Us tomorrow [] for some cheap games.

Re:Toys R Us (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309102)

Be warned that there's speculation (on page 2) that the above may not be real...

DS or PSP (0, Offtopic)

DuncanE (35734) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308841)

Okay... I got robbed. They took my PS2 (and games) and my GBA sp (and games)

I've decided I'm not going to replace the PS2 - Im going to wait for the 3rd gen consoles or switch back to PC games (eg morrowind 4).

But I NEED my portable gaming... but Im in a situation - How do I spend my insurance money?... DS or PSP

Ive always been a Nintendo boy, but the DS ... well it looks crap .. while the PSP looks so nice. Neither seems to have an games that grab my attention (although the DS has all the GBA games I love - Advance wars, Street Fighter II, Golden sun).

And no I dont give a crap about watching movies on a handheld as I use my laptop (or the nice little TV on the plane) for that.


Re:DS or PSP (1)

mangus_angus (873781) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308936)

If you want something to game on DS, if you want something that so far only has PS2 ports, and is mostly a movie player go with the PSP.

Re:DS or PSP (1)

Hitto (913085) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308953)

If you can't decide on whatever console YOU want and need the input/peer pressure of anonymous strangers on the 'net to validate your opinion, then you deserve a PSP.

"OOh, my console is shiny and sleek!
-My console runs mario kart."

Re:DS or PSP (1)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308983)

Add my voice to the DS crowd. Trust me, it's NOT crap.

Re:DS or PSP (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308995)

Of course, you can get a DS with three or four games for the price of a PSP. And, IMHO, there are a lot of very good games for the DS. Castlevania, Mario64 DS, Sonic Rush, Mario&Luigi2, Advance Wars DS for starters, plus a load more in the pipeline (Super Monkey Ball DS should be fun). Of course, it doesn't have quite the stylish looks of the PSP, but then who notices what the handheld looks like while playing?

Re:DS or PSP (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309014)

"but the DS ... well it looks crap .. while the PSP looks so nice."

Then you've already made up your mind, haven't you?

Re:DS or PSP (2, Informative)

Bagels (676159) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309045)

Definitely go for the DS, then. I own both, and haven't found much use for the PSP outside of its video-playing capabilities - and to properly take advantage of those, you have to shell out extra for UMD videos or large, expensive, proprietary Sony memory cards. Lumines is nice, but it came out many moons ago, and it doesn't see any more than occasional play from me now. My DS, on the other hand, has gotten loads of play of late - most recently due to Mario Kart DS, and also Meteos (an excellent puzzler) and Kirby: Canvas Curse (a truly innovative platformer). No, it's not as shiny and pretty looking as the PSP - but while I have no qualms about throwing my DS in my laptop bag on the way out the door, I'd think twice before treating my PSP the same way. What's more - the PSP doesn't do much of anything that my laptop doesn't, and it sounds like you're in a similar position with your laptop. If you've got your laptop, even the homebrew on the PSP loses its lustre - there's no homebrew out for PSP that hasn't been done better by PC software. Finally, there's the cash you'll save; the few times I've been tempted to buy a PSP game, I've been lured away by the prices of the nearby DS games, which are all $15-20 cheaper. Hell, you can get a DS and a good game (Mario Kart or Nintendogs) for $100 less than the PSP without any games or useful expansions (mem cards, etc.). Looking past the aesthetics, the better buy is pretty clear, IMHO.

TETRIS! (3, Interesting)

cyborg_zx (893396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308842)

I mean common, you don't need anything else to occupy your time than the endless satisfaction of clearing line after line and trying to pass 300 lines when you're working in the top third of the screen and blocks are coming in at breakneck speeds...

Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (2, Interesting)

Obvius (779709) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308847)

I travelled throughout South America last year, from Buenos Aires to Los Angles. Overground. That meant a lot of coach and what better travelling companion than, in my humble opinion, the finest Fighting Fantasy Gamebook of them all: Caverns of the Snow Witch. itch/ []
Dice. Paper. Pencil. Playing the game properly: which means making every roll and resisting the temptation to 'go back' to the last location if I made the wrong choice. For an old-school, dice-rolling RPG player like myself I couldn't have asked for a better travelling companion. Even after six characters and I still didn't beat the book. One word: SENTINEL. Seriously, though, I earnestly recommend a return to those old Fighting Fantasy books that Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson wrote in the mid-eighties. Dead treeware, dice, and a shedload of red wine - thee aren't many better ways to pass a 23 hour coach ride. _Books/ []

Re:Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (1)

Obvius (779709) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308882)

Sorry about the bad links. The articles exist in Wikipedia, fuck knows why they didn't link properly.

Re:Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14309066)

You put a '/' at the end.

Good []
Bad []
Ugly []

Fri5t stop? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308857)

and some Of the []

Good Rpg's for Xmas Travel (2, Informative)

Fentekreel (634892) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308875)

Well there are a few games that are probably on the good ol' xmas list anyways. Though these are the ones that i have played ober the past few xmas's Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls: An excellent throwback to the elder of the Final Fantasy series. The new dungeons and exceellent redrawing of the characters is just enjoyable. The mix of old and new bosses within the first game are worth it alone....not to mention no more inneffective fighting. ;) Unless you count the battery failing ;) The remakeof FF2 is pretty nice and very close to the orignal. The music on both are quite nice and enjoyable. Legand of Zelda Four Swords: Its Zelda with a multiplayer twist...addictingly fun with multiple people though it is the third zelda in the series a very good pickup none the less my girlfriend has been addicted to it like she is to chocolate ;) hard to peel away at least until she got ... Legand of Zelda: The Minish Cap: Yeah she got this game and still has yet to finish it. She has to find everything....damn persistance i want to play it sometime too heh.... but there are many many things to find and puzzles to solve. Done in the good ol' top down fashion so you can still feel like your on the super nintendo. moving along a little bit .... Final Fantasy IV: This title just came out recently but if it is anything like the SNES version of FFII it will be a killer of time and money well spent. The updates to the soundtrack and the redawing of a good portion of characters to cleant them up to the re graphing of the dialouge to reflect better story should welcome new fans and help remind some of us getting on in our gaming years what rpg's use to have.

Castlevania: Sorrow series (1)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308906)

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA) and Dawn of Sorrow (DS) are two really great games. Neither have totally unlimited replay value, mind you, but they will keep you occupied for a nice loooooooooooooooooong time.

Starcraft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14308914)

Remember the good ol' days of StarCraft [] [Slashdot Recommended Link]? I still play it regularly. Nothing 'travels well' as playing protoss and MindControlling a drone and an SCV.

Terrans > Base D and resources
Protoss > Base D cloakment, air support, and Dark Archons (Darchons)
Zerg > Secretary of Offense

Re:Starcraft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14309096)

Yes, Slashdot is a good place to try to get pagerank :(

Travel Jenga (4, Funny)

matt me (850665) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308978)

Don't knock it.

RPG? (1)

uberdave (526529) | more than 8 years ago | (#14308981)

Maybe I missed something somewhere along the line, but doesn't RPG stand for Role Playing Game? The article discusses video games, yet makes no mention of any role playing games - no Traveller, no D&D, no Twilight 2000, nothing. Help me out here.

I always take the DS for my mother (1)

pnice (753704) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309008)

Any time I travel down to my parents house I take the DS with me. My mother always asks what new games I have and she always wants to play something. She enjoys Wario Ware, Pac Pix, and her favorite is Trauma Center. My father had me take him to Gamestop to point out Trauma Center. I think he is planning on getting her one along with a DS for Christmas.

I have trouble playing any games in the car but I did take the DS with me on a cruise last week. That was only to play Animal Crossing though. The many drunk nights on the ship caused me to miss a fishing tournament though. :)

What about Guild Wars? (1)

svtmunk (461967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14309069)

Seems like a good choice for the parents place... you can do some real gaming after you install/download all the updates on their PC (CRAP - my parents have dial up!)
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