Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BREAKING NEWS - stuff happens on the psp

you guys just don't look too hard at my weird yellow teeth okay

There was a Destination Playstation meeting recently, whatever that means. While I’ve never heard of it, it does make me happy to hear tell of Sony acknowledging the PSP’s existence.

All of a sudden we’ve got some high-profile stuff coming down the pipe again, including an awkward-sounding Rock Band spinoff and an Assassin’s Creed title, and perhaps most interestingly an entry in the LittleBigPlanet franchise, which means that normal people will be able to experience one of last year’s most notable titles on a platform which they can conceivably afford. This is also an opportunity for Sony to break new ground in console-portable connectivity – if the PSP version can somehow play graphically scaled-back versions of levels people have already created on the PS3, sign me up.

It makes me happy to hear about games coming for the PSP because, frankly, the handheld doesn’t deserve the reputation it has. It’s not really a great media player and it does fall far short of the DS in terms of battery life, game library and general portability, but it’s powerful and it’s got a nice screen and not enough developers take advantage of it. It’ll never catch up to the DS, but it doesn’t have to – gaming history is filled with Nintendo 64s and Xboxes that never “won” the console wars but still have a place under lots of peoples’ televisions. I love my DS, but it is always nice to have a reason to blow the dust off of the other portable in my life.