The First Gaming-Dedicated Android Handheld Goes on Sale

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Want to play Android games but don't want to invest in an Android phone or tablet? Are you children always taking your phone away to play games? The answer to these problems just went on sale in the form of the MG, the first pocketable Wi-Fi Android app-gaming system.

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PlayMG, the company behind the device, actually markets this as a device for young people, fitting it with features like a parental control Family Collaboration system, allowing parents to give younger gamers an allowance to use on games without having to load credit card numbers.

However, with its bright four-inch display and expandable memory (it ships with an 8GB SD card), I don't see why any mobile gaming aficionado wouldn't be tempted to drop $150 on this little puppy.

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The MG comes packed with games. EA has provided NBA Jam and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (bit of bad timing on that last one), along with Com2US' Slice It, Swing Shot, Homerun Battle 2, Tiny Farm, Tower Defense, 9 Innings Baseball, Super Action Hero and Derby Days. It's also got the MG Origins Avatar System loaded in, a meta game for kids that tells the story of their avatar, unlocking as they earn points by playing other games on the device.

It's a little bundle of nifty, and one that I am seriously considering picking up. I use an Android phone right now, but given my need to play all of the games, all of the time, a dedicated device might be just the thing.

The MG is available at Amazon and directly through PlayMG, at an introductory price of $150, $20 off MSRP.

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DISCUSSION

I really want this to fail as badly as possible. Not because its android based or only touch controls but for the things the guy who runs this company said about Nintendo and handheld gaming in general.

Here's one-"Many consumers no longer want to pay $40 for Nintendo games when they can get the same entertainment value from app games for free or $.99"

Obviously a huge lie and i love gaming on my ipad but its not the same entertainment value, not by a long shot. Its a different entertainment value that utilizes small sessions of play over something that can be entertaining for hours. Now i know things are changing and mobile gaming has really come along a lot but if this guy believes truly that its the same entertainment value then hes completely lost and will probably run this into the ground and ill enjoy watching