The gaming scene in Africa isn't always on the bleeding edge. But, that hasn't stopped the growing popularity of the PSP in Africa. A GamePro report covers the growing number of "PlayStation arcades" in Sierra Lione, where people are paying significant sums of money to play PS2 games.
Apparently, PSP is also gaining traction (although not to the same degree as its PS2 cousin). Many residents receive their PSP systems as gifts from abroad. Used UMD movies are becoming a commodity, earning about $10 for a used disc. That's probably more than you'll get here in the States.
It's fascinating to see how gaming is developing in other parts of the world. Although gaming is far from a ubiquitous activity for our African friends, it's interesting to see how PSP fits into the community.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
4-22-2008 @ 9:06PM
Noise Tank said...
I'm not surprised, since when I sold my Fattie PSP on eBay I was immediately hit up by a Nigerian scammer. I immediately got suspicious when I noticed that the buyer wanted the package shipped to Nigeria, and the fact that he was offering me $200 over the buy it now price cemented it (the tenuous at best grasp of English just added to those.) "Gifts from abroad" sounds like a cleaned up version of "fraud" to me.
4-23-2008 @ 3:48AM
yay! i'm so happy! i am a south african kid, 16, and i am one of the most dedicated gamers i know. sucks as we dont always get our games on first day o release... i been calling all retailers here wondering about GTAIV (one week away 0_0) and i also want MGS Portable Ops +Plus+ but no luck there either.
4-23-2008 @ 1:27PM
Well they are both pretty cheap at this point , so Im not wondering about why this happens :)
4-23-2008 @ 7:38PM
I'm going to South Africa for 2 1/2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer (I'll be leaving in July), and my PSP was the 1st thing I put on my packing list! I probably will not have electric, but I'm getting a solar charger for my PSP. I'm sure I'll be using the heck out of it, as it will be my only form of entertainment (besides my ipod).