Portable Wars

From when I was little to the present there has always been a desire to
find some way to pass the time while traveling. One of the earliest
solutions was one which is still viable – books. The chief problem with
books, however, is that they lack a sort of interactive element and for me I
could only read so much at a time as a child. The first time I played Donkey
Kong on a pocket-sized Game ‘n’ Watch system, I knew I had found something
special. Things have only improved for the world of portable gaming since

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Sony PSP Value Pack

I finally was able to touch a Sony Playstation Portable and it is a wonderfully imagined machine and it feels good in your hand and it works wonders on your eye.
The PSP Value Pack comes with a memory card and five games:
Wipeout Pure
Ape Escape on the Loose
Twisted Metal
World Tour Soccer
I don’t play games like those so I quickly became familiar with the loser’s screen.

Even the Ape Escape game, obviously intended for young children, was impossible for me to control. I don’t have any Xbox or Playstation experience so I have no idea if the problems I was having controlling the action was because I had no experience or if it was because the machine controls were too tiny to use.
The screen on the PSP is rich and incredible. The sound is bassy and clear.

The entire machine sits well in your hands. I especially like the Wi-Fi capability for network updates or peer-to-peer gaming with friends and family.
I also really enjoyed the movie playing capability of the PSP. Spiderman 2 was included with Value Pack and it was fun to watch the movie on a gamer device. You can also turn on subtitles if you are Deaf or Hearing Impaired and the subtitles play in movies and in the games. That is a nice touch.
You can also play home videos and music on your PSP. The instruction manual is small and ineffective but the onscreen help is clear and concise.