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It is quite interesting though. Seems people judge you based on the device rather than the game. If pokemon X/Y was on the iphone, nobody would care you're playing it on the iphone, but if same exact game was played on a 3ds/vita people start getting self conscious or others would possibly pass judgement on you as "childish".
The explanation for that is simple enough. It's because if you have a smartphone, you have it primarily to make phone calls and to do other stuff besides gaming. For that, nobody thinks twice if you're playing childish games on a smartphone.
College: Least embarrassing, because you're now surrounded by tons of other college 3DS gamers.
After College: Embarrassing now that you're no longer in college and you no longer see tons of other 3DS players your age, but by now you're too mature to care.
I noticed this curve as well. I played the 1st gen Pokemon freshman year when I was 14, but it wasn't something you did at school or even talked about, unless in secret. I actually am back in college finishing up at 29 and I am shocked at all the guys 18-25 I see with a 3Ds on campus, way more than in high school.
You can buy a $500 console and a $500 computer and have two crap machines, or you can spend $1000 building your own computer and have the best of both worlds.
I bet alot of the people on the forums that act all "Your sad if you care about what others think!!" actually are embarresed to sit around playing on their 3DS in public with a bunch of random people nearby
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