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alphacomp
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posted August 21, 2002 00:57     Click Here to See the Profile for alphacomp   Click Here to Email alphacomp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...I got an imported one a few years ago to play the side-quest game for FFVIII (yes, I'm a Final Fantasy nut), and it was really cool- it had a nice interface with a relatively hi-res screen(well, relative to old Tomagotchi devices) and a surprisingly good speaker to boot-all packed into a shiny plastic case that was about the size of a regular memory card, only thicker.

I was really surprised that Sony didn't release more to the US- that tiny device had so much potential- it was almost like an extremely small PDA. It's widely used in Japan(or was, I'm not sure), though, and Domestic PS2s actually recognize Pocketstations, as opposed to a regular memory card...

...Anybody else with stories about the Pocketstation?=D

-alphacomp

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Danapoppa
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posted August 21, 2002 03:40     Click Here to See the Profile for Danapoppa   Click Here to Email Danapoppa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been in Japan for a while now, and I'm not sure what you're talking about. Although they probably called it by a different name over here (that's pretty common). Do you have a picture, maybe?

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SpikeSpiegel
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posted August 21, 2002 08:22     Click Here to See the Profile for SpikeSpiegel   Click Here to Email SpikeSpiegel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
heres a picture for you danapoppa

http://www.scei.co.jp/hardware/accessory/img/scph4000.jpg

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Danapoppa
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posted August 21, 2002 10:00     Click Here to See the Profile for Danapoppa   Click Here to Email Danapoppa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool! Yeah, they're called "PocketStations" in Japanese, too. Boy, I must be really out of the loop! But now that I've seen one, I'm getting this irresistable urge to hit the Yahoo.co.jp auctions...

Somebody stop me...please...!

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ilovemydualg4
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posted August 21, 2002 11:17     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Danapoppa:
Cool! Yeah, they're called "PocketStations" in Japanese, too. Boy, I must be really out of the loop! But now that I've seen one, I'm getting this irresistable urge to hit the Yahoo.co.jp auctions...

Somebody stop me...please...!


Just have it ship to Jonathan bell...

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Zwilnik
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posted August 21, 2002 16:42     Click Here to See the Profile for Zwilnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
IIRC, the reason they dropped them was because the batteries died after about 2 hours and the flash memory suffered a high failure rate. They were brought out to compete with the Dreamcast's 'memory card with a screen on it' and lasted about 2 months before Sony quietly forgot about them.

Great idea, not so great implementation.

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neotatsu
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posted August 21, 2002 23:51     Click Here to See the Profile for neotatsu   Click Here to Email neotatsu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zwilnik:
IIRC, the reason they dropped them was because the batteries died after about 2 hours and the flash memory suffered a high failure rate. They were brought out to compete with the Dreamcast's 'memory card with a screen on it' and lasted about 2 months before Sony quietly forgot about them.

Great idea, not so great implementation.



So glad you posted it, I'm not feeling up to it after work tonight..

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Danapoppa
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posted August 23, 2002 23:39     Click Here to See the Profile for Danapoppa   Click Here to Email Danapoppa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zwilnik:
IIRC, the reason they dropped them was because the batteries died after about 2 hours and the flash memory suffered a high failure rate. They were brought out to compete with the Dreamcast's 'memory card with a screen on it' and lasted about 2 months before Sony quietly forgot about them.

Great idea, not so great implementation.


Boy, if that won't stop my impulse purchase, nothing will!

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