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"PSP is a b*****king waste of space"

"PSP is a b*****king waste of space"

The PSP is "a b*****king waste of space", says Codemasters Vice President Gavin Cheshire.

Codemasters' Vice President Gavin Cheshire has labelled Sony's PSP handheld line as nothing but "a b*****king waste of space", according to Edge (via Eurogamer).

Cheshire is mostly speaking from his personal experiences with the handheld console, saying that the main problem is how fiddly it is to use and long it takes to put content on the device.

"Well, speaking as a person who bought a PSP, the problem was that I always thought - because it was a better screen than iPod's - that I'd be doing more with it. But it was such a b*****king useless waste of space; just getting stuff on it was ridiculous," Cheshire said.

"That was its downfall. Relatively speaking, [Codemasters] didn't do too badly on F1 PSP. But regarding the future, I think they've got - well... no.

"PSPgo's a lovely device," he added, "really smart - but our senior VP bought one the day it came out and has a great story, because he ended up on some customer support line just trying to do basic stuff. He had to re-download his software, do an immediate firmware update, and that's your user experience...Sony just hasn't got it right. Stuff like that will make people leave it alone."

While Cheshire was quick to bash the PSP though, he was equally fast to extol the virtues of Apple's iPad, saying he thought the design was brilliant and that the "straight to console nature of it" made a lot of sense.

Do you think Cheshire makes a lot of sense, or has he lost the plot? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Picarro 16th March 2010, 11:12 Quote
It's Sony. Surprised?
Krikkit 16th March 2010, 11:14 Quote
Codemasters' shouldn't be doing anything other than making a decent F1 game for the PC/PS3/360. Until then they can stfu.
Cei 16th March 2010, 11:18 Quote
The launch was botched - having to perform a firmware update the moment you got it home - or rather, after you'd charged the battery - was a real pain, and it takes ages to get content onto the PSP due to the slow wireless.

That said, once the content is on, it's great. Lovely screen, compact design and generally a fantastic platform. Just a load of hassle to get set up.
Skiddywinks 16th March 2010, 11:18 Quote
Lost his marbles when he mentions the iPad.
Trefarm 16th March 2010, 11:54 Quote
"b*****king" What? Is that even offensive? I'm confused...
RichCreedy 16th March 2010, 12:04 Quote
didnt think blinking was a bad word :P
Artanix 16th March 2010, 12:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Trefarm
"b*****king" What? Is that even offensive? I'm confused...

yeah i didn't know, whats wrong with burger king?
javaman 16th March 2010, 12:12 Quote
When this was announced I dismissed it. Already have a PSP which is passable for movies on the go and alright with games. Netbook takes up bag space and movies on the go now. no need for a handheld games console.
Stotherd-001 16th March 2010, 12:23 Quote
iPad? really? When did codemasters just give up on real gaming?
Fizzban 16th March 2010, 12:25 Quote
Better off getting a normal PSP Slim TBH.
Stewb 16th March 2010, 12:28 Quote
People who are confused as to what the mystery word is (I was :p), check the URL of the Eurogamer page that is linked to.
l3v1ck 16th March 2010, 12:34 Quote
"a b*****king waste of space" ??/
Who puts "ing" on the end of that word..... ever..... seriously? Normal people would says "it's b*****ks.
theflatworm 16th March 2010, 12:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Artanix
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trefarm
"b*****king" What? Is that even offensive? I'm confused...

yeah i didn't know, whats wrong with burger king?

I dunno, if I could choose between having my kids exposed to 'teh BAD SWEARS!!1!' or crappy fast food joints, I think I'd pick the former. Although at least Burger King taste a damn site better than most.

I've never owned a PSP, so I can't make an on-topic post. Sorry.
adidan 16th March 2010, 12:47 Quote
My PSP Slim was a mind saver when I was stuck down with the flu for a week last summer.

It doesn't fill me with much confidence in the VP and his company if he had to get technical support just to use a PSP, it ain't rocket science.
flibblesan 16th March 2010, 12:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Artanix
yeah i didn't know, whats wrong with burger king?


+rep for you Sir! :D
PureSilver 16th March 2010, 12:57 Quote
Gotta say I love my PSP Slim - never use the wireless for anything other than firmware updates (I cracked it, so that's the easiest way of doing so); I have USB cables and card readers for when I want to put proper things on it.

Still never seen an actual PSP Go, so they look to have been about as popular as I was anticipating.
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Originally Posted by flibblesan
+rep for you Sir! :D

+1 :)
mikeuk2004 16th March 2010, 13:36 Quote
Whats his problem??

Its so simple to download games, it cant be simpler. You log into the Playstation store on the PSP, pick a game to add to cart and then select download.

When downloaded you go to the memory card and play the game? a 2 year old can do it. I have the original phat 1000 PSP from day one and bought 14 games from PSN.

I bet he didnt even read the instructions.
Redbeaver 16th March 2010, 13:43 Quote
and nobody can answer what b*****king supposed to mean.... lol....

bollocking?
mrbens 16th March 2010, 13:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Artanix


yeah i didn't know, whats wrong with burger king?

awesome :D
M3G4 16th March 2010, 14:51 Quote
He's so wrong.

How the hell is an iPad a viable gaming platform, especially compared to the PSP? It doesn't even have dedicated controls. Yeah, touchscreen game controls are novel, but after about 30 seconds they become annoying and cumbersome.

Give me a PSP any day. Codemasters' games are crap anyway.
whisperwolf 16th March 2010, 15:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by M3G4
He's so wrong.

How the hell is an iPad a viable gaming platform, especially compared to the PSP? It doesn't even have dedicated controls. Yeah, touchscreen game controls are novel, but after about 30 seconds they become annoying and cumbersome.

Give me a PSP any day. Codemasters' games are crap anyway.

take that back, Treasure Island Dizzy is still one of the finest games ever created.
Redbeaver 16th March 2010, 15:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
and nobody can answer what b*****king supposed to mean.... lol....

bollocking?

LOL i was right....

http://kotaku.com/5494199/publisher-psp-is-a-bollocking-useless-waste-of-space

word of the day for me then.
adidan 16th March 2010, 15:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by M3G4
How the hell is an iPad a viable gaming platform, especially compared to the PSP?
I guess it's big enough to use as a table tennis racket. :D
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
LOL i was right....
Seriously mate, you really had to look it up? :|
shanky887614 16th March 2010, 16:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
The launch was botched - having to perform a firmware update the moment you got it home - or rather, after you'd charged the battery - was a real pain, and it takes ages to get content onto the PSP due to the slow wireless.

That said, once the content is on, it's great. Lovely screen, compact design and generally a fantastic platform. Just a load of hassle to get set up.

thats why you get data on pc then transfer using memory stick
azrael- 16th March 2010, 16:35 Quote
Hmm... those asterisks are obscuring that word, so I was trying to figure out what it could be. Apparently it's not what I thought, which is kind of a rear-end procreation method. Go figure...

Oh, and PSP ftl. :)
pendragon 16th March 2010, 17:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by adidan

Seriously mate, you really had to look it up? :|

..we don't really use that word here across the pond, thus it's not a commonplace assumption. My thoughts at least.:)
knuck 16th March 2010, 18:18 Quote
I've never even seen that word before... I would ask what it means but then I bet adidan would link me to http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bollock
Anfield 16th March 2010, 18:23 Quote
Not exactly common in the uk to add ing at the of that word either though.
Farfalho 16th March 2010, 18:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Hmm... those asterisks are obscuring that word, so I was trying to figure out what it could be. Apparently it's not what I thought, which is kind of a rear-end procreation method. Go figure...

Oh, and PSP ftl. :)

Thought the same but one T or the C had to go, there isn't enough *
Sloth 16th March 2010, 18:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by M3G4
He's so wrong.

How the hell is an iPad a viable gaming platform, especially compared to the PSP? It doesn't even have dedicated controls. Yeah, touchscreen game controls are novel, but after about 30 seconds they become annoying and cumbersome.

Give me a PSP any day. Codemasters' games are crap anyway.
+1, especially to controls.

Humans have 10 fingers and a mind capable of controlling all of them independently. I expect an input method which reflects this, not some touch screen that uses nothing more than my right index. Games which simply emulate buttons by displaying them on the screen are no solution.
knuck 16th March 2010, 19:09 Quote
but noobs do believe they are gaming and since there are more noobs than real gamers in this world, companies will start making more and more games for touch screen platforms even if it brings us back 20years in term of gameplay
adidan 16th March 2010, 19:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by pendragon
..we don't really use that word here across the pond, thus it's not a commonplace assumption. My thoughts at least.:)
Ah, sorry, I didn't see you were a cousin from across the high seas.

True, it's not that common here, adding 'ing', not uncommon though, I guess it depends on what circles you move in and how bored you are with normal expletives. :D
Sloth 16th March 2010, 19:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ghys
but noobs do believe they are gaming and since there are more noobs than real gamers in this world, companies will start making more and more games for touch screen platforms even if it brings us back 20years in term of gameplay
Dude, bro, check out this new game I got for my iPhone. It's so legit bro! You press on the screen to pop balloons! And dude, this other game, you press on the screen to shoot zombies. Oh, oh! And another game, you press on the screen to whack a mole! But the best one bro, you press on the screen to make ripples in a pond! And the best part, they're only $5 each! Is that legit or what?!
knuck 16th March 2010, 20:02 Quote
heh, good impression :D
Redbeaver 16th March 2010, 21:24 Quote
[QUOTE=adidan]
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Originally Posted by M3G4
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
LOL i was right....
Seriously mate, you really had to look it up? :|

darn right i did. outside the occasional usage of some few and between british comedy show on the odd hours on the odd channels.... we canadians barely hear the word bollocks. let alone bollocking...

i mean, what is bollock anyway? i should google it up. i found out its not a fish...
edit: LOL ok, so its definitely not a fish. even found a nice wikipedia for it.
Gunsmith 16th March 2010, 21:43 Quote
[QUOTE=Redbeaver;2252264]
Quote:
Originally Posted by adidan

i mean, what is bollock anyway? i should google it up. i found out its not a fish...
edit: LOL ok, so its definitely not a fish. even found a nice wikipedia for it.

oh dear god i havent laughed that hard in ages, have some rep ;)
GiantStickMan 17th March 2010, 00:21 Quote
I own a PSP (the 3000 model i believe) and I quite like it but I do feel it was something of a missed opportunity for Sony. I mean, look at the vast back catalogue of PSX games that they could have ported across to it, and yet they've only released a select few here and there. That was pretty disappointing for me. Hell, Final Fantasy 8 was only recently released for it...grrrr.
eddtox 17th March 2010, 00:38 Quote
PSP could have been awesome, but sony messed it up. It should have had the whole back-catalogue of PSX games out, as well as decent new stuff. Hard drive would have been nice, instead of UMD, proper full-res video support without umds etc. I have the slim version and it's not too bad, especially once you put CFW on it. Too little, too late though.
GiantStickMan 17th March 2010, 00:48 Quote
eddtox - Those UMD's are noisy little things aren't they?? Screeching and whining as they go. I take mine to work sometimes when it's a quiet night (the wonders of shiftwork) but everyone can hear it whirring away which can be pretty annoying.
deadsea 17th March 2010, 02:18 Quote
I was wondering how could the VP of a company not know how to get content onto a psp? You just stick a disk in a slot? Then i realised he had gone out and bought a GO.. I haven't actually seen one of thoses yet.. Smaller screen, odd angled controls at a higher price? Right......

Anyways, why would he want to use the built in wi-fi for the the downloads? You can't really be expecting much processing power out of something barely bigger than a mouse. It's gonna be slow, no suprises there.
Javerh 17th March 2010, 08:26 Quote
You live and learn. "Testicles" is not a curse word. Make it into an adjective and it's still not a curse word. Turn it into old anglo-saxon form and it becomes one!
phuzz 17th March 2010, 10:14 Quote
There's not many things that us brits are best at any more, but I like to think that swearing is one of them :)
rimscar 17th March 2010, 10:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
There's not many things that us brits are best at any more, but I like to think that swearing is one of them :)

QFT.
Our American co-workers love our swear words, and use them to the bemusement of others. Indeed even our female american vp roars with laughter by herself in cinemas when the British expletives come out.

And fyi, our transatlantic friends, one tends to be on the receiving end of a "bollocking" i.e. tongue-lashing, as opposed to describing something as "bollocks"....

Rule Britannia when it comes to swearing.... lol
Artanix 17th March 2010, 13:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by rimscar
QFT.
Our American co-workers love our swear words, and use them to the bemusement of others. Indeed even our female american vp roars with laughter by herself in cinemas when the British expletives come out.

And fyi, our transatlantic friends, one tends to be on the receiving end of a "bollocking" i.e. tongue-lashing, as opposed to describing something as "bollocks"....

Rule Britannia when it comes to swearing.... lol

funnily enough, thats true, I have to speak to our network guys in america quite a bit, and you always hear them chuckle to themselves when you say "cheers", or they'll say it back with emphasis and then giggle to themselves afterwards.

Plus we do networks, and always end up with the router, rooter, rowta, argument :)
phuzz 17th March 2010, 16:23 Quote
I managed to entertain an american girl just by saying 'fantastic' in quite an over the top fashion.
Shame she was married
and her husband was there
and he was a lovely bloke.
ho hum
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