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Mar. 26th, 2005 @ 09:40 pm brief guide to handheld gaming
Nintendo GBA SP: greatest portable gaming system ever. Perfect size, backlit, long battery life, some great games.
Nintendo DS: huge disappointment.
Sony PSP: Wow. The best looking display I’ve ever seen. Haven’t played any games yet, but the bundled movie is jaw-dropping.

Sony gets a giant “fuck you” for inventing yet another proprietary DRM-laden sure-to-be-DOA media format, but what an awesome device. I await hacks that make it more useful as a portable video player.
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Date:March 27th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
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For sure. Looking forward to the portable video player and software sequencer hack as well!
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Date:March 27th, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
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There's already a browser, an ebook hack, and a Tivo hack. No kidding. I might have to get one.
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Date:March 27th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to hold off till this summer to purchase one (Unless I have a good night at my local poker room, which they just began to spread a $3/$6 omaha hi/lo game so that should be assist in building up my bankroll).

But I agree about the hacks, I held off on buying a x-box until I saw all the nice mods and now I've got a xbox with a 160gb drive in it, solderless chip and a unbelievable media player networked with my PC's/Mac to show slideshows and listen to music on my TV. Emulators are fun too.

I'm waiting for the PSP dev kit to be leaked then we'll see all sorts of goodies, what I'd like most is a WiFi detector and RSS reader, my Zaurus SL-5500 hasn't quite been hacking it lately with poor battery life and clunky GUI (Kismet is nice though in the palm of your hand).
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Date:March 27th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm curious as to why you think the DS is a huge disappointment. I wouldn't call it a huge success (although it outsold Nintendo's expectations, so they might), but I certainly don't feel like I wasted my money on it.
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Date:March 28th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
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1) Still no games. Huge misstep by nintendo. I think they've underestimated sony here.
2) I do not like using the touchpad as a half-assed analog stick.
3) It's too heavy. If it's going to be substantially heavier and larger than the GBA it has to offer meaningful advantages. The SP is about 140g, the DS and PSP are about 260g. That's a big difference for extended gaming.
4) It makes my hands hurt a lot faster.
5) Rando hacked up wireless protocol instead of 802.11. Lame. The PSP can go straight out over my internet connection. That opens the door to all kinds of neat stuff.
6) The screen looks totally bush league compared to the PSP.

Now that I've played a bit with the PSP I do have one huge objection.

1) Load times! Uuuuuugh. I'm addicted to the insta-load of carts.

I am hopeful games will turn up for the DS that make innovative use of the dual screens and touchpad. I can imagine gaming experiences unlike anything else out there given those options, so it's not like I'm dumping the DS. But the SP looks to remain the king for what I *really* want from these devices: something I can keep in my pocket all the time that I can fire up for two minutes while in line or something and quickly be having fun.
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Date:March 28th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)

Howard Lederer's poker fantasy camp

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Paul, sorry to post off-topic here, but I know you hate email, and I'm not a video-gamer. I just want to give your readers a little plug for Howard Lederer's poker camp, I sure wish I had made more an effort to attend, but my schedule does not permit. (I am a STUDENT, not a teacher.) Most importantly, I wanted to mention to you that the profile of you, which I created a while ago, has now been used by Howard's camp to promote it. I guess I didn't make you look so bad after all, although some of it sounds a little cheesey, and I stereotype your nickname as usual. If you or Howard need me to write any more ass-kissing items for you, just let me know.
Date:March 28th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)

You await hacks?

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You await hacks? Some are already there. Try PSP Video 9 (http://www.pspvideo9.com/) for easy video conversions. Of course, that means you need to buy proprietary Sony memory sticks, but at least you'll have something rewriteable. And there are already hooks to tie it into RSS aggregators to automatically grab video of interest.
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Date:March 28th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)

I know it won't stop the hacks

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Date:March 31st, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)

not worth it

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I'm not going to shell out several hundred dollars which has utility removed as a 'feature', personally. Make something that works, works well, and has no restrictions on legit use, and I'll pay a premium.

I'm waiting for an ebook reader that has an Eink-type screen (ie, long, long battery life and easy readability), built-in MP3 player (optional), removeable storage, non-proprietary non-drm format, and the ability to view, transfer, and display PDF, HTML, TXT, .doc, RTF, and what have you formats without any more hastle than "plug it in, install the OS-agnostic driver, and copy the file" simplicity.

I've not had much interest in portable gaming devices for a while. Nintendo's offerings are nice, as they always tend to have fun games (Zelda!), but other than that, not worth the time, IMO.
Date:March 31st, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
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just ordered mine .. i am looking forward to it
Date:April 1st, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)

how are the pixels holding up?

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I was looking into buying a PSP.
upon doing a little web research, I found an alarmingly high number of people complaining about dead pixels.

some returned their PSP's multiple times before getting a "good" one.

How's yours holding up, Paul?
Date:April 2nd, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
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SONY and proprietary formats, You'd think they'd learn after the MD debacle, trying to make extreme EXTRA funds on your OWN storage media should be a crime.

SONY has been on my personal shit list for a long time due to sub par products anyhow.

I have zero need for a portable gaming system though, I have some old working ones, if I ever need one, I think my all time favorite was MERLIN: The eater of millions of AA batteries, 6 at a time.

We were so easily enthralled back in those days!

Date:April 6th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
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