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30 Jul 2013, 11:38 am

On August 9th my mom, brother and I are driving from New Hampshire to North Carolina. I plan on bringing every handheld console I own, but I'm trying to think of what games to bring. I would bring all of my handheld games, but I worry about not being able to pack all of them in my suitcase or suitcases. What are your favorite video games to bring with you while travelling?


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30 Jul 2013, 12:05 pm

We drive a lot. What kinds of consoles are you bringing, and what are your preferences in games?
Also, though not games, load audio books and movies onto my ipod classic. That way even if no game is appealing, one can switch back to a story for awhile. The variety helps a lot.



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30 Jul 2013, 4:54 pm

Any Mario Kart game is recommended. For road trips, where I'm not driving, since driving and playing games at the same time would be a terrible idea, or plane trips, or any other kind of travel, I like to play something simple enough to get into, without having to commit to it. While I'm fond of jrpgs for example, they're not normally my first choice while traveling.

Try something that doesn't require long play sessions to get the most out of it. You may not want anything with super long cutscenes, and I would avoid games that only allow you to save at certain points, because you could have to stop at any point, due to arriving at your destination, or at one of various pit stops along the way, so you should be able to at least be able to create a temp save, and quit at any time. Modern systems have a sleep mode option, but it's still not a great idea to get into something like a hardcore dungeon crawler with sparse save points. Mario Kart games are great for traveling, IMHO. Maybe try some kind of quirky indie game that's easy to pick up and put down. Depending on how long your trip will be, something story based isn't a terrible idea. Just be sure to have some idea when you'll have to stop, so you can plan your gaming sessions accordingly.

I have made exceptions to my rules in the past, mind you. If I'm ever currently playing a handheld title, I often want to keep playing it, no matter what it is. Since I'm more of a console gamer, more often than not, I'm actually locked into something on a console, which I'll be away from, so that's usually not an option, and therefore, isn't a problem. Sometimes though, I really want to play a new game I acquired, so I start it up to see what it's like. As someone with a huge backlog, I can relapse in and out of gamer's ADD, and sometimes rely on my mood to pick what I want to play, which could clash with my usual rules. But, if I were to pick something to play, based on my travel criteria, I definitely lean towards something simple, with frequent save points, if not the ability to save anywhere.



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30 Jul 2013, 8:49 pm

I just bring the bare minimum, whatever I'm really into at the time.

And I don't get to play them while travelling, because I don't like throwing up.


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30 Jul 2013, 11:36 pm

I remember playing advance wars on a long drive with other people passing the game boy advance back and forth.



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01 Aug 2013, 7:43 am

I'm bringing games where I can keep the volume turned off and not miss out on anything important and I agree about long cutscenes.


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01 Aug 2013, 12:49 pm

I've got a flight from Maryland to Hawaii coming up. My solution? Go buy a GBA. Buy four or five games. Cheapish, and will keep me occupied.