Well I know it's been a while since posting on TechSpot, but in between looking for a new place to live, meeting with potential new land lords and the drive times, doesn't make for a lot of free time. But during all this chaos I broke down and purchased myself a Sony Playstation 2 "fat boy" at Gamestop for $49.99! It's a pretty sweet older system, came with one dual shock controller and the store even threw in a free 16MB memory card. I figured that with facing a move, I need to keep all my money right now, I was wanting a Playstation 3, but the cost just couldn't be justified. So I got a older Playstation 2, not a bad little system, I've been tinkering with it for two days now and I'm quite impressed with even the so called "older technology" of it. I purchased their 1 year protection plan for $4.99, covers the deck, the memory card and one controller. At the same time I payed for another matching used dual shock controller for $14.99 and about 25 used pre-owned games to kick things off. I picked up a Tony Hawk skateboard game, about 4-5 various racing games, Soul Calibur II & III, Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006, WipeOut Fusion, Wipeout XL, Ace Combat 4 & 5, Midnight Club 3 "Dub Edition Re-Mix", Virtual Fighter 4, Gran Turismo 3 & 4, Kenssen II, Star Trek Encounters, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, All the Mortal Kombat games for the playstation 2, Flatout, Need For Speed Underground 2, AG III, Onjmusha 2, Harvest Moon, Katamari Damacy, Tenchu "Wrath Of Heaven", Supercar "Street Challenge", Greg Hastings Paintball Max'D, R:Racing Evolution, Power Boat Racer and several other old titles. Also I know the old Playstation 2 online stuff is over, it's not supported anymore, but I went ahead and purchased a network adapter for $12.99 anyways, for it was needed to make my system act like it was on steroids. With the network adapter I was able to install an old Maxtor 500 Gig hard drive to the Playstation 2! The Playstation formatted it for me, took about 45 minutes and installed HD-Loader 0.8c and set up the hard drive to have a 5 gig partition where all of my game stats and game saves can go. The rest of the hard drive is for copying the games I get to barrow from friends and family that might still have old Playstation 2 games just laying around and play those games without the need of a game disk. My Son loves it, right away he likes the console gaming much better than PC gaming. We have had hours of good Father & Son time together, to be honest the kid is pretty damn good. I know I didn't purchase the "latest & greatest" here, but this was within my current budget and to be honest I think I made a good choice, for this thing is real fun to play. So what if I cant watch Blu-Ray's on it, so I'm stuck with good ole DVD's, I can live with that. So what if I'm not linked to the Playstation online network, with the problems they have been having with their network and privacy issues, thank gosh I'm not hooked up, stand alone will work just fine for me. The last thing I purchased is a cooling stand that the unit rests on and the stand blows cool air into it's vent ports. The cooling stand is at a Gamestop in Oakland California, I paid for it here in Sacramento and they will be doing a store to store transfer of it for me, when it comes in I can pick it up. Well I'm off to try my hand at a little Soul Calibur III think I will choose to play Nightmare, kind of a freaky evil looking dude, but he is powerful! If anyone out there can recommend some good Playstation 2 games "I'm all ears"!