Out of date handhelds and hoarding

A cold, rainy November Day is nothing to scoff at.

There is absolutely nothing to do here except read, watch movies and play games.

Speaking of games, I unearthed my precious PSP 3000 from out of the dust in the great Depository. By that I mean the lowest rack in my cupboard. I am not a hoarder but you’d be excused if you mistake me for one.

Today, the PSP is considered very much a ‘retro’ platform for handheld gaming devices what with the PS Vita, PSPGo and 3DS all having blasted away the previous and old standards for handheld gaming.

But I was delighted to find that it still worked and owing to my habit of being super-careful with my stuff, it looks as good as new. No scratches on the screens, no wobbly buttons and definitely no worn-out battery. Yup. I take good care of my stuff.

Even when they are languishing at the bottom of my cupboard, forgotten and forgotten.

But I specially LOVE my PSP because I have a hacked one. By that I mean that when I first got it, I installed a custom firmware that allowed me to run downloaded games on it. So I could get my hands on a large number of games otherwise unavailable to me. Now this is not me advocating pirating. And this is NOT pirating anyway. But if you live in a small, developing island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you have to make do.

And what struck me was, for a system that many people have no hesitation whatsoever calling ‘retro’, the PSP still has respectable graphics. I mean it’s not that old. The last games on it were actually published around this time last year so by standards of actual ‘retro’ devices like the Nintendo Gamecube or the Gameboy Advanced, this is still pretty fricking new.

I forgot how much I loved my good ‘ol PSP. I can finally lose myself in it’s LCD screen and kinda shitty analog know and the very cool, Fricking TRANSPARENT shoulder buttons AND the UMDS.

Who could forget the UMDs?

That concludes my word-retch for today.

1. PSPs are still a very good platform for mobile gaming. Boot ’em up and start kicking ass.

2. I maybe very close to actually being a Hoarder.



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