As a hobbyist developer, I would love to port some of my small C++/SDL projects to PSP. After reading (not enough) about firmware downgrades, I purchased a 2.71 PSP for $199 plus a 2GB SD Pro Media Duo for $79 at Target. I also bought the Greatest Hits edition of GTA:LCS before reading about patched vs. unpatched and how to tell the difference by the disk serial number. I visited several GameStops and EBWorlds around greater Seattle, but no joy. This is my first time I buying a handheld on impulse without planning. I spent months hanging out at homebrew/dev sites for the GP2X and Tapwave Zodiac before I bought them. Aside from playing commercial games - I care about maybe two games, LOTR Tactics and Gun Showdown, no others - is there much value in holding onto it? With eBay trolls hoarding unpatched copies of GTA:LCS, I'm reluctant to risk more $$ on this. Most of the forums here and elsewhere are firm on "no unpatched LCS, no downgrade". I could get most of the $280 back, minus a 15% restocking fee. However, I sort of feel like locking the PSP in a truck and leaving it there for a while. I felt this way when I bought an Nokia NGage QD, but six months later I had a good reason to dig it back out. Not looking for sympathy, just wanted to get this off my chest and get on with the rest of the week. Thanks!