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I just boxed up my PS2 and PSP to send off to Gazelle. I’m not getting much money for them, but that’s fine — I’m really just looking to keep them out of the landfill. I think I’ve had the PS2 since 2000, and the PSP since 2005, so I’ve certainly kept them long enough.

I can still play all my PS2 games on my PS3, but I’m looking to get rid of all my UMD-format PSP games now. (I even have a couple of UMD movies. No one seems to be interested in those at all.)

I’ve gotten rid of a couple of the games via Swaptree, generally in exchange for a book or CD. I may throw the rest of them on eBay at some point and see if they sell.

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While waiting for my new PS3 to arrive, I decided to dust off the PSP and play around with that a bit. I discovered that my battery could only hold a charge for about 10 minutes, which makes it pretty useless. I ordered a new battery from Best Buy, along with a new 2GB memory stick. My old memory stick was 128MB, and cost more, I think, than the new 2GB one. So, I now have enough room to copy some reasonably long videos down to my PSP, though there’s really not anything I’m interested in watching on it right now.

I also spent some time today playing Final Fantasy VIII on my PS2, which I haven’t touched in a long while. I did make some progress — I got past Norg, for whatever that’s worth. Despite the fact that I started this game in 2003 or thereabouts, I’m still determined to finish it at some point!


A few quick thoughts on the PSP, now that I have one:
– The screen is very nice, but also very reflective and a major dust attractor. I have no dead pixels, as far as I can tell, but I think I’ve already made a small scratch in the darn thing.
– Lumines is about as good as this cartoon indicates.
– The Mad Catz ProPAK that came bundled with it (via WalMart) is mostly useless. The headphones they give you aren’t nearly as good as the ones that come in the box with the PSP. The screen protectors are impossible to apply without winding up with a bunch of very visible air bubbles underneath. About the only useful thing is the USB cable. (They really should have just included one with the PSP.)