Even if you don't consider yourself a gamer, I'm betting that if you have a smartphone you have played a video game recently.

The way I see it, smartphones have been a blessing and a curse for the video game industry. More people are playing video games today than ever before. Essentially, everyone who has a smartphone has a portable gaming device in their pocket.

It's not all good though.

There's a lot of trash out there. There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of games in Apple's App Store. This shouldn't be a shock, but they're not all great. Or good. And finding the good ones is not as easy as it should be. The App Store has a recommended Game of the Day, but it's difficult to find highly-rated games.

Another downside to everyone playing games on their smartphone is it's slowly killing the dedicated portable gaming market. Sony's PlayStation Vita was an amazing machine capable of producing console-quality graphics on a handheld. It's what those of us who grew up playing on the Game Boy's lousy black and white screen dreamed of having one day.

Despite great tech and amazing games, the system only sold about 15 million units, about five times less than its predecessor, the PlayStation Portable.

Even my parents, who haven't regularly used a video game console to play games since the Atari 2600 days in the early '80s, play games on their phones. My mom plays "Solitaire" and I've gotten my dad into playing "Ruzzle," an online puzzle game where you're given a screen with 16 letters on it and have a limited amount of time to come up with the most number of words.

It's definitely not "Call of Duty," but I get a kick out of thinking about my dad playing a game online against strangers!

If you're looking for some fun games to play on the iPhone, I would recommend "Ruzzle" (my username is DustRAG316, just like my PSN ID, if you want to play me), "Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle" (a fun puzzle game with over-the-top cartoon violence) and "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes" (an action game that pulls characters and planets from all the "Star Wars" movies). Let me know what you're playing.

Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at dricketts@thedestinlog.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2," "Friday the 13th: The Game" and "Super Mario Odyssey." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.