Barring any madness, in a few days from now I will be the proud owner of a PsVita, gifted to me by my Brother Bunji as a Christmas presento-pyo for 2011.
As with most of my Sony products and electronics in general, there may have to be a replacement of said unit before the year is up as I am notoriously known for my bad electronic luck.
There'll be days of excitement as with any launch of new game system hardware for me as I play exciting new entries, have heartbreak playing others and the simple entertainment I get with outfitting a new system with junk.
Until such time, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on 45009, the Japanese Limited Edition Final Fantasy VII PSP bundle I sold bits of my life for to save from Ebay in 2008.
For nearly four years, I've had little 45009. He went from being in a clear plastic case, showing off his beautiful art to a hard metal case showcasing Star Wars and some cleverly placed stickers.
In looking at his UMD case cover, it's clear he has seen better days. The scratches and scuffs of being carried around in my bag are all there as ugly reminders that his case broke and he became susceptible to my heavy commute to and from work daily, being jostled about amongst a slew of other items. He sure did travel a lot though, even making it to Trinidad and Tobago in 2009.
Dangling off his shell (because for some reason, a love of rice and cellphone straps represent my half-Asian blood best) are straps from Patapon, an Ulqiuorra strap I purchased whilst in Japan and a creepy metal hand replica of Allen Walker's hand in D. Gray-Man. That thing freaks H1 out to this day but I guess you'd be creeped out too if I decided to scratch your arm with it like I do to her.
45009 was initially used quite heavily for Naruto and Bleach watching, amongst other anime I watched during my stints in 2008 and 2009. It afforded me long sleepless morning commutes anxiously watching Monster (the best anime and best in television EVER).
Gaming wise, some of the best games I've played in recent years (and ever) were a part of its library. I discovered some new series to love like Patapon and last year, played the ultra fabulous revamp of Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together.
Looking at my PSP game list does not reveal a library as extensive as my DS but that's not a downer on the quality of the games I've played on it as almost all I've played thus far gave me great memories (except maybe Hexyz Force. Psh).
Eventually my PSP will be phased out but as with any console, the games will be cheap and I'll get to play it longer as I build up my library.
So it's not really farewell or it cannot be at least until Sony decides to give us that blasted Passport Program where I can re-buy my games I already own for a small fee. Damn you, Sony! Don't you want my extra money?! I'm willing to give it to you even though you should be making it a free program, you jerks!
But in case I forget to do so when the time comes and sneaks up on me: thanks pretty silver thing.
Thanks for draining the battery every time you weren't in use and making me re-enter system systems for date and time upon turn on.
Thanks for that awful whirring noise you make in your UMD slot when a game is loading. It scares me every time.
Thanks for letting me be the Great Znyx, leader of the Patapons and all-round fantastic deity.
Thanks for making me cry when Zack Fair took his final breath even though I knew it was coming 10 years prior to seeing his story fleshed out.
Thanks for Moogle Mail via Dissidia.
Thanks for the giggles with H1 as we watched Kon, swooned over our favourite Soul Society Captains, and sang J-Pop songs together from some of the opening and closing themes.
Thanks for traumatizing me with Monster. No, really. Thanks. It gives me ammunition and has given me ammunition to torture others or at least, give Bughie J. something amazing to watch too.
Thanks for one of the best games I've ever played in Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. I think I may have thanked you for that before but you know, thanks again because it really was pretty great.
Thanks for helping me finish Final Fantasy Tactics, only 12 years in the making when I finally did I might add. That allowed me to open up to play a whole new genre of games with the confident boost I got. Wooo! Well...I still suck at them... but FFTactis is done and was amazing.
Thanks for keeping me entertained on the train these past few mornings and evenings whilst I play Trails in the Sky. Thanks for same during my those long hours spent at the hospitals with Brother Bunji as he had his tests and subsequent successful surgery done. (Thanks to H1 and the Super Mario 3D Land for time spent too though. Stop hogging all the credit, PSP!).
But most importantly, thanks for helping to steady and occupy my mind if even for an hour a day during this less than pleasant week as we go through our difficult time with the senseless tragic loss of one of our cousins. It's been a downright shitty week but the fleeting distractions when able were welcome.
Currently listening to: "Tears of the Moon" by Nobuo Uematsu, from the Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack.