Towards the end of last year, I was doing some early Christmas shopping. Walking into a book store, I noticed a young mother hand her child – a little boy who must have been 5 or 6 years old – a book. To my horror, and to the amusement of his mother, the boy began to swipe the page of the book. He was shocked that the book was not responding. He thought it was a tablet.
And worryingly, he didn’t know what to do with the book. He lost all interest in it when his mum turned the page.
It’s a sign of the times, I told myself. Books are for old people, I said in my head. And as I was leaving the store, a teenager bumped into me. “Sorry,” I said to her, and all I got back was a grunt. She was staring at her wrist, or more specifically, an Apple Watch. Jesus Christ.
I did manage to catch a glimpse of what she was doing on her watch too; she was playing a game – one I’ve heard about. It was Rules!, a brain workout game.
This raised a question I thought I would pose to you; is it acceptable to game on a smartwatch?
Personally, I do not think it is. Or more specifically, not when you are walking around!
I just can’t see the fascination. I understand why people play games online, because that’s great for passing the time, and why people play apps on their smartphone – because they offer a great experience.
But smartwatches have a tiny screen. You have to walk with your arm in the air, like a complete lunatic, to use them. Their battery life, at best, lasts a few days and they do not offer the same gaming experience a smartphone or tablet does with their low-resolution display and laggy operating system. I can never see myself owning one. And I love technology.
It wasn’t a great day out, to be honest. Not only did I get bumped into by a zombie, but I experienced what the next generation is going to be like. I can only hope that not everybody will be glued to the consumer electronics attached to themselves in the future.
Sometimes it’s nice just have a conversation or, you know, look where you are going.
So what say you, is it acceptable to game on a smartwatch?