There was a time when we scoffed at someone who tried to argue the case of mobile phones for gaming pleasure.
It's just, when you're used to harnessing the power of the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 and (even more so) a top-end PC rig, it's hard to see why you'd want to lower yourself to over-used, basic gaming rip-offs shoved onto a device that's meant for something completely different.
That's all changed now, however. Now you'll find some of the most enjoyable, addictive and innovative gaming experiences on your pocket dog and bone.
It's for that reason that we as hardcore gamers need to prick up our ears when it comes to gaming on your mobile. Here are five of the best handsets.
The DEXT isn't the prettiest phone in the world. It doesn't pack much of a punch in terms of power either, but those who are still a bit iffy when it comes to touching a screen will find the Motorola DEXT one of the nicest handsets out there as far as handling is concerned.
Why? Because it has its own d-pad, that's why, and a pretty nice one at that. As far as us gamers are concerned, we'll leave the bolt-ons thanks, you can keep your free minutes. No bars? No problem, we've got a nice little d-pad going on here.
The DEXT will run all your Android games, and if you don't mind sacrificing the power of the Nexus One for some proper thumb action, this one might well be for you.
GOOGLE (HTC) NEXUS ONE
In terms of visual quality the Google Nexus One made by HTC was billed as one of Android's biggest challengers to the iPhone.
Like Apple's offering, it's all about the screen on this beauty. The 1GHz processor channels its power to a responsive 3.7-inch AMOLED offering your beady little eyes a resolution of 480x800.
The problem is that the Android Market is horrendously limited when placed next to the App Store (but then what isn't?). That's ok though because it's gaining ground and you'll find more and more coming to the platform in the near future because of that. Developers are starting to take note, so should you.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S
Thinking of going with Google then? Hold the phone (zing), it's been pipped by a fellow Android handset more recently.
The Samsung Galaxy S has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and is considered the best Android handset on the market at the moment..
It also packs a might powerful PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processor for those 3D escapades is the fastest graphics processing unit in an Android device, handling complex 3D graphics with ease. The two processors combine to give three times more power than Qualcomm's Snapdragon used by the Google Nexus One.
As with the Nexus, the amount of software available to you via the Android Marketplace is still stunted, but have patience child and this could be one that will see you come up trumps in the future.
HTC HD 7
The HTC HD 7 rocks a 4.3 inch screen with its own kickstand, so it's clearly geared towards life as a multimedia machine.
Although it doesn't have an OLED screen - which means it struggles to even come close to the visual output of the Galaxy S' Super AMOLED screen - it does have one very important feature for us gamers.
The HTC HD 7 is one of the best phones on the market that runs Windows Phone 7, a new OS that Microsoft describes as "a new and major games platform". That'll do nicely then.