I've been using my Nintendo DS Lite quite a bit recently, as evidenced by the fact that my right shoulder button completely wore out.
That button is used primarily as Tetris's "save/use piece" function -- which, incidently, I've been using with much more frequency and much less "Tetris Purist" guilt -- to power slide in Mario Kart DS, and to aim your gun in Resident Evil DS. (Incidentally, the Resident Evil folk get mad props for naming this port/remake "Deadly Silence," thus making the requisite "DS" Nintendo puts at the end of every game title actually useful.)
In any case, I use my right shoulder button an awful lot, so I've just taken advantage of Nintendo's warranty feature to get it repaired. In the meantime, I've been playing a little with the non-Lite "Phat" DS that's still laying around, and it has really thrown me off my game.
We spent a couple hours yesterday driving around trying to find a pink DS Lite for me to play with until mine gets back from Nintendo D to have, since she's not terribly thrilled with the Phat either. No such luck though :(
There've been lots of black ones, a few white ones and no pink ones. If I was a betting man, I'd have wagered that the black would be the most popular. I guess I would have lost.
UPDATE: 4-10 days for return shipping info to arrive, 3 days to repair, then 4-10 days to ship it back to me? I'm not sure I can make it...
That's terrible that the button could die already. I mean, NES paddles from 1980 still work great, if they're not dirtied up by slimy hands.
The reason it super sucks is nostalgia. What's to happen in 10 years when you want to play it again for old time's sake, but another, or the same button won't work? Is Nintendo going to want to repair it? You, and millions of others will be left with this wonderful bit of bricked nostalgia, like me and my stupid Atari Lynx, whose games I would love to play again, but can't, because one of the most important buttons is stuck "always on," and has been since the early 90s.
I'm sorry, but the warranty doesn't please me. I'm quite disappointed in Nintendo if this is because of shoddy workmanship, or cheap build practices.
Oh, I completely agree. I just love it so much I'm willing to cut them some slack. As I know of quite a few other DSs in the wild without any problems, I suspect it was just a small batch of pad button pads or something.
Well see if the fix holds up any better before I start decrying foul on Nintendo's part. At least they have a full year warrnty on them, that's at least a small comfort.
Incidentally, my right PSP shoulder button feels a little spongy as well, so it's possible that I'm just extra rough or something. I sure don't think that I play that rough though... Perhaps it's my defective wrists. Anyway, you can't fault Sony for shoddy hardware. That thing is really nice.
Have you cracked the Lynx open to see if it's just the little rubber bumper under the button? I'm sure it's getting close to the end of warranty by now anyway, so it couldn't hurt, right?
I do believe there's a Lynx emulator for PSP, if you've reconsidered playing with that stuff at all.
I think I did open it up once. I haven't given up all hope, but I believe the problem is actually a fried component, and nothing to do with the button, or its contact. If so, that's sad.
Your right finger might be like my jaw. It bugged my mom all this past vacation, and I vaguely remember it from last year, that I apparently bite really hard when I chew, so you can hear a "clunk" with every bite. That sucks for people near me, but I don't really feel anything, nor do I hear it, and it's almost like I can't tell how else to chew. Biting slower, or with less force would suck for me, as it's the most comfortable way to eat for me.
I'm just a rabid carnivore, and I like to make sure even wholly cooked food isn't going to get away.
Oh, and I always make a stink about the poor quality of Sony goods. The PSP has that launching problem, where a slight twist makes the thing eject. I also always feel like I have to be so prissy around their stuff. The PSP is a fingerprint whore, and the screen seems begging to be cracked by the first misplaced backpack, or foot. I'm not so big anymore on black consoles or peripherals (except keyboards), because they always look so dusty to me, and of all the controllers I've taken apart, the only one that had a piece crack inside was the PS2 paddle.
They love to make things out of more brittle plastics, instead of Nintendo's more rubbery plastics that can take much higher impacts without wear. You can hear this when you open an empty PSP, too. It has such a higher pitch clickety-clack rattle than I expected up front, because the plastics are less giving - they seem to me like the kind of plastics that would dry out completely, warp, and crack all on their own if stored up in my parents' attic, whereas I would trust Nintendo's junk up there.
Also, when I think of N64 analog sticks, or Gamecube's, I've never seen a really mangled up controller, but I've seen a large number of PS2 analog sticks on the default controllers that look so ratty. Being in the industry, I see paddles that are used all day every day (and at EA - 7 days at week with their crazy schedules), and the rubber on the thumb sticks is gross. It gets all full of black finger grease, and the rubber deteriorates away, making it look all pocked and "moon-surfacey."
I don't much like the PSP design. The analog stick really hurts my thumb in short order, and it's very hard to get to, or press all the buttons on the bottom row. The screen is gorgeous - I must concede that. Still, it feels like some fancy thing I must always be cleaning, and caring for, like owning a Ferrari, rather than the knock-about fun of something like a GBA SP, or the DS lites.
I must apologize. My panties are all in a bunch over Sony. I haven't liked the look of any of their consoles or peripherals in so long (The PS2 is a dust-collecting nightmare that shreds paper towels in its many, nearly-uncleanable "fins"), and then this whole PS3 mess, and of course their suing, and subsequent elimination of one of my favorite Japanese vendors, Lik-Sang, which really upset the hard-core gaming community (which I'm not part of, but I'm still bugged).
They can just quietly go away like Sega, for all I care. That's not to say I didn't miss Sega. I had some good times with their SMS, and the Genesis.
Well, I agree with the design of the PSP being annoying in many ways (including that damn analog nub. I bought a 3rd-party nub replacement that looks more like the PS2 nub that seemed to work pretty well for a while to improve the comfort, but now it's either worn out, or it's worn the mating connector on the PSP out, because it falls off constantly. Suck. I haven't experienced the eject thing you're talking about, and despite my 3 dead pixels, I still think the actual workmanship is pretty top-notch. The thing is solid like a brick and just plain feels good (save for my squishy trigger) and just looks expensive. Pus the fact that Sony loses money on every one sold always makes me feel good too.
You won't hear me defending Sony, I think they are a terrible company. Lik Sang was just the icing on the cake for me, but I won't be purchasing any Sony goods anytime soon. The way they've handled the homebrew scene on PSP is pretty damn annoying... they've wasted sooo much time and effort trying to prevent people from running what they want, when all that happens is that people figure out newer BETTER ways of doing things. If they had simply allowed homebrew code to run in the first place, all the brains would be devoted to writing cool software. As it is now, the brains have to figure out how to get around the security, which in turn allows the less-brainy/more-evilly people to pirate the games.
Heck, I remember Day 1 of homebrew capability (I believe I documented it, having run out that very same day to get a PSP to try it) and back then it was pretty primitive. It didn't take long before Sony blocked it, causing better cooler hacks to come along. Heck now my PSP is running a hybrid firmware that is both 1.50 homebrew-capable and 2.8something capable as well. Not to mention the side-effect of being able to pirate games... I'm a few weeks behind though, as 3.03 has already been broken as well, the only feature missing being LocationFree video playing. In any case, I think Sony has really lost sight of what's important. Thier prevention kept me from buying games for quite some time, as it was more valuable to me to just use the homebrew stuff. It wasn't until the haxors figured out a way around it that I once again purchased games again.
Ahh, Sega. I recall lusting after whatever that handheld system was that they put out after the Game Gear. The one that played SMS, Genesis, Game Gear, Sega CD and audio cds. I really wanted one of those bad boys. It's funny; it took like 15 years, but now I've got the PSP and can do all that.
Also, I got a DS-X for Christmas, effectively putting the Nintendo DS functionality back on par with the PSP. Homebrew, roms, mp3, etc. I'm happy like a kid in a video game store. There isn't as much cool homebrew (yet) on the DS, since you have to pay Evil Asian Crooks to enable the functionality that the PSP has natively (assuming you're willing to massage the functionality gently until which time it is capable..), but I have hope.
Have you heard of Korean made Game Park? It's a totally FOSS handheld with pretty decent specs. They give out the SDK and everything. I was really hankering for the GP32, which was their answer to the GBA back in those days. The newer XGP I believe was in answer to the PSP, though of course not as good, but still nicely FOSS. Then the XGP Mini seems to have been built with the idea of unseating the GameBoy Micro, which was unnecessary, as it unseated itself pretty quickly.
They had nice options, and could play video and mp3s, without any DRM crap. Also, there was a big collection of crappy, though probably sometimes fun FOSS games from its many users, kind of as is the case with the XGameStation.
If you look in the top bar of the site under Support, they had developer support for the common programmer, and under Downloads, they had the SDK available to all. For whatever reason, all links in both sections seem down now. I hope it's not getting all locked up.
If I knew C++ well enough to make anything worthwhile, I would've snagged the GP32 when I first saw it a few years ago, and probably XGP when that came out. I could do a lot with something like that, especially taking it apart, and using it in things like Halloween costumes, or as interfaces to projects, or embedded in my wall, or whatever. I love the concept still.
Yeah, I kind of debated getting the psp wannabe instead of a psp, but figured in the end that the regular ol' psp would be a better fit as more people would have them, thus ensuring more quality homebrew. And in the event that I was wrong, I could still go to the store and buy Grand Theft Auto.
Could be that the PSP will have more homebrew, but now I wonder. Most people with a PSP just want to choose from the myriad retail selections, or do something like get Linux running on it, whereas I'm guessing a respectable percentage of people who buy the XGP do so because it already has Linux on it, and because they'd like to do some homebrew. We need a poll from a trusted source.
I think they might even be worse than Microsoft. Oh, and we forgot all about their myriad proprietary memory formats. They seem to be the most closed up, fearful tech company.
Then there was that recent story on them trying to make a hip and trendy website, supposedly by a guy who wanted a PSP for Christmas, but they got caught out by too many people who didn't think it sounded realistic, and had to publicly admit that it was all viral marketing, and apologize. They're just losing all over.
I'm glad the hax0rs have fixed things, but it still sucks that they even had to. Now everyone will crack it, instead of many buying it for a reasonable fee.
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