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Today, I’ve thought I had a chance to meet this woman whose name was Nikki at Subway, but she hadn’t showed up. We’ve talked to each other Friday over the phone apparently she knows me from high school, and saw my dad at the pharmacy in Econo Foods. Dad described her as thin, blonde, tight jeans, athletic, and soft spoken. I was polite over the phone when she asked how I liked WITC. Truth is I haven’t been interested in meeting girls at all in my whole life. I’m an only child so that makes sense to not really care to be around people all the time. I can’t even picture this person in my head; however, she can picture me in her head apparently. Today was beautiful out, no snow or rain and 70 degrees with sun shine. I may call her tomorrow. She wanted to see me, and it didn’t seem like she’d was there to alienate me like a lot of other students from high school. Damn alienators. I wasn’t exactly the brain (nerd….yes, brain….no) in Renaissance Academy and was shy in high school, but some of that has changed. I knew I was above average in my skill of writing….why else would I do a blog? I love blogging by the way. I didn’t know anyone at high school cared anymore except Randy (best friend).

I’ve drove to the bank before 2 pm when I was suppose to meet this woman from high school, and withdrew $270. The bank teller didn’t recognize me so I gave her my driver’s license. There is something about not seeing me before which makes me a stranger there. Grrr. I wasn’t about to go a tangent explaining I was there before. It’s not that important….just a bank visit…many people come here every day. Next, I drove straight to Wal-Mart in Hudson, and wasted no time walking to the electronic section to buy a Playstation Portable value pack. Then I’ve bought Wipeout Pure. A console is no good without a game. I was looking for the Nyko rechargeable case Game Stop sells (water resistant case with extra lithium battery to extend battery life.) IGN verified on a full charge, PSP would last me 3 hours & 32 minutes. Lithium batteries also loose their ability to retain battery life as they are used often.

The value pack included:

• Black PSP
• Miniature earphones
• Nylon carrying case with the PSP logo
• 32 MB Sony memory stick Duo
• USB cable
• Spiderman 2 movie UMD
• Game Demo UMD
• Lithium battery charger
• PSP directions

Okay, after almost spilling Mountain Dew on the PSP after I took a photo you see, I almost had heart attack, but the bottle was empty, so I was relieved. I’ve experienced Wipeout Pure now. The graphics are great, but I’ve been having trouble controlling the vehicle if you call it that using the d-pad. The soundtrack is dance music, yeah! So that’s alright. PSP only takes a special kind of memory card called the Memory Card Duo which is thinner so my other memory cards I use with the camera won’t work which is a shame. I was going to try out putting MP3s on PSP. Sony didn’t package a USB cable that fits into it’s tiny slot, but luckily, I have a digital camera which has the same USB cable so I just took that and added it to the PSP packaging box, no problem-o.

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you see the PSP packaging box and God of War. See how the PSP box is still in excellent condition? I wish I could say the same for my Dual Screen box LOL

Conclusion: I can deal with 2 dead pixels and a missing USB cable. PSP is great. Now I can play it all the time if I choose to do so. My next PSP game will be the next highest score on GameRankings.com, Lumines, the above average puzzle game from Bandai. My friends at Toyriffic prefer Ridge Racer over anything else because it got good reviews even though Wipeout Pure and Lumines had better reviews. I don’t need extra games. They’re not worth it so all and all Wipeout Pure was worth $40. I suck at it because I hardly spent anytime on it. MP3s transfer threw the USB cable great. I’ve been listening to some songs like Gouryella – Gouryella, Sasha – Xpander, Sylver - Shallow Water (Cj Stone alternative remix edit), and Chicane-Autumn – Tactics (Thrillseekers Club Mix).I’ve thought Gouryella sounded the best on the small speaker & is exceptional song by the way. It has a good beat to it. There is no equalizer on the PSP, but that feature can be over looked. It wasn’t meant to take over as a MP3 player, but makes an outstanding photo wallet. Right and Left triggers do the pictures.

If I had a choice whether or not I would buy it or wait a month until money was added to my savings account, but I’ve been waiting a long time for PSP to come out so I just had to get one out of curiosity and anticipation. I usually pondered on a good portion of the day and if I actually needed a PSP or not yeah know? One thing is for certain; it was a good feeling when I finally got one. Interesting enough, I only saw only 1 PSP missing from the enclosed glass shelf, and it was that way for a reason. The handheld is more than an Xbox or Playstation 2 even though they too are behind glass. Did I make the right decision? I know I’m not in debt, because I paid for it in cash meaning I won’t get in trouble with the bank, which is why I pay videogames in cash.
Now there isn’t a big deal wondering which one is better (NDS vs PSP) because I own both now.
• Okay, we all know it's more expensive then NDS. Was it purchased worth it? Well, in my opinion it's a dumb question because I'd purchased it. Right now there is no way not to pay less without the UMD movie which isn't a important factor anyhow.

You install the battery back in the PSP which snaps into place and put the lid on afterwards. Then you install the memory stick duo which is the only card that fits inside a PSP. Then you turn the thing on and set the time, date, settings, login name for WiFi. Then the UMD disc goes in upside down with the label facing PSP's back so the flat part faces upwards. The PSP automatically reads the disc inside unless you hit the small home button, it'll go the boot screen

Boot Screen Settings

Network update - I don't know

USB connection - after you press X button, a drive shows up on the PC so drag and drop files can occur. Pictures go in the PSP/PICTURES, MP3s go in PSP/MUSIC, MPEG 4 goes in PSP/MOVIES

Video Settings - has settings for audio language, subtitle language and UMD volume

Photo Settings - has an option of how fast you want your slideshow to be

System Settings - Date, Time, Language, Format memory stick option, nickname, Battery information, option to restore default settings, PSP BIOS version (v1.5), About SCEA

UMD disc - plays game

Memory data - displays basic game saves on memory stick duo
* transfers to other PSPs wirelessly
* option to delete saves

Media options

Photo - displays photo, zoom in and out feature incorporated. Option to delete photos

Music - plays MP3s, AAC and can shuffle the music, display the file size, but not the bit rate. Option to delete music.

Movies - NA

Game - displays the game saves on the memory card. Gives you an option of transferring them via WiFi to another PSP or deleting them. Also shows the file size of the game save

The UMD game I’ve bought was Wipeout Pure. The vehicle controls awkwardly because you play the D-pad which is standard issue and fair quality. You’ve 2 triggers to drift your vehicle more closely in a sharp turn, X to accel, square to brake, triangle to rare view. I think the graphics are PS2 quality on the LCD screen. You might disagree and believe PS2 games look better, not on a handheld though. The sound is cd quality and it sounds better wearing earphones, not on the speaker.

The sound must be an 8.5 because the small speaker is in stereo and it's loud, but not crystal clear. It must be a standard issue speaker inside PSP.

The UMD drive is not electronic so you can get the UMD out after the battery is dead. Lesson learned by the faulty PS2 tray drives, plus you wouldn't want a electronic lid on a handheld which Sony knew already. That's a plus

I give PSP a B+ on average.

Pros

• graphics are really good
• download Game saves over Internet
• upload Game saves to other PSPs in the area using the WiFi feature and not sneakernet
• sound is really good
• WiFi game saves to each other
• full charge occurs in 25 minutes
• recharges while hooked up to power while playing game
• Plays AAC audio.
• option to turn off LCD back light in boot screen under System Settings
• storage space on UMD is plentiful
• non-electric UMD lid
• memory card has 32 MB instead of 8 MB
• shows FMV
• volume control buttons on front
• acts as photo wallet; supports JPEG only
• plays your MP3s almost as well as an iPod
• LCD dims when not played to save battery life
• when you shut it off in the middle a game & when you turn it back on, it'll be at the spot you shut it off at.
• games priced at $40 and not $60

Cons

• D-pad only for games
• analog pad is crap or gives bad performance
• battery life ?
• Need Nyko Rechargeable case
• price point
• value pack gives you unnecessary stuff like UMD movie unless you want to watch

Here are the top Playstation Portable games at the moment.



YEAH! I HAVE ONE NOW & IT’S GREAT! I’VE BEEN WANTING FOR THIS FOR A YEAR NOW!

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