I'm a musician/drummer by evenings and a mild mannered creative services bro by day.
I have been gaming since I was 4 or so, starting casually with the Atari 2600 before getting into a serious hot 'n heavy relationship with the NES. It was all over after that. Throughout my gaming career I've personally owned the NES, Sega Master System, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy SP, Turbo Grafix 16, Genesis, SNES, PS1, N64, PS2, Dreamcast, GameCube, PS3, PSP, Xbox360, iPhone... I sadly don't have my own Wii or DS right now, but I have easy access to both whenever I want so it's been easy to procrastinate on throwing the cash down on 'em. Looking forward to picking up a 3DS on launch though. :)
Castlevania is prob my favoritest ever, but I have a soft spot for all those early NES games of yore... Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, Double Dragon, Contra, Zelda, etc., etc., etc..
As I've grown long in the tooth I don't have much time for multiplayer shenanigans anymore, but I will dig into a good ol' single player campaign on the weekends when spare time presents itself.
These days I usually turn to my PS3, PSP, or iPhone for gaming comfort, but I occasionally haunt the 360, Wii, DS, and PC.
I don't fight console wars unless it's in the name of peace, aka I love to shut the fuck up and just play games.
Why is the PSP the Rodney Dangerfield of handheld consoles?
It gets no respect from anyone.
I'm not one to sit and go on and on about how fucking awesome the PSP is, to each his own, but I've really enjoyed my PSP and it's aggravating to hear everyone everywhere shitting all over it. I can certainly understand if the PSP isn't your thing, but most gamers who sound off on it all talk like a bunch of jilted fucking lovers.
Was everyone really expecting so much more from the PSP that it didn't deliver on?
I start to feel like I'm the asshole because I don't have anything to complain about.
I bought a PSP-1000 at launch and played the shit out of it. When the PSP-2000 came out my 1000 was having some issues so I traded it in and got a 2000 and played the shit out of it. When the PSPgo was released my 2000's d-pad was sticking and I also wanted to purchase a larger memory stick for all my digital downloads so I decided to trade in my 2000 and games and get a Go with an extra memory stick and I've since played the shit out of it.
Speaking of the Go, that's a whole other chapter on PSP hate.
I appreciate almost everything about it that all you savvy gamers see as 'epic fails'. I was more than happy to get rid of all my UMDs and have a smaller, sexier system without a UMD drive. I don't find prices on PSN to be that outrageous and I never bought used games for my PSP anyway so I'm not really missing out there. And so far every title I've gone searching for has been available digitally so no loss there either.
Clearly, the Go has a lot of downfalls for the majority of consumers in the know, but let's say Sony gave you exactly what you wanted in the Go: a 2nd analog nub, some kind of system that would allow you to transfer your UMD titles to digital memory, etc., how well do you think the PSP-2000 and 3000 would be doing? If Sony had delivered the Go that everyone seems to think they should have the older iterations of PSP would be totally obsolete. They also wouldn't have had much left over for the PSP2.
What we all wish the Go would've been...
As it is, the Go is a nice little system that coexists peacefully alongside its PSP brethren and offers those (apparently very few) of us who WANT digital only content an excellent ALTERNATIVE to purchasing a 2000 or 3000 with additional expensive big ass memory stick. You may think we're fucking suckers, but it could be we just want different things out of our handheld gaming experience.
So for all the PSP haters out there, tell me this: Is the competition really so much fucking better? The biggest complaint I see about the PSP is a lack of games. Fair enough. I play my PSP a lot and I've never felt like there just wasn't enough games out there for it, but if that's where you're coming from then ok, cool. Personally, I love the DS and its library and I would say the DS probably has more great games overall, but THAT much more? And for my money what the PSP may lack in sheer quantity of good games it more than makes up for with its other multimedia features... not to mention I just generally prefer Metal Gear to Mario most of the time, but that's just me.
Anyway, end rant. Sorry y'all. I just get tired of everyone more or less implying that I'm a dumb shit for liking the PSP and an especially numb nutted, stupendously dumb shit for liking the PSPgo.
It'd be one thing if it was just commenters, but the editors are always putting me down too! :)
PS I love you all and in honor of my first published blog I leave you this: