When a PS3 just isn't in the cards
By Josh Rosenblatt, Fri., Dec. 1, 2006
WTF: Work Time Fun
PSP's new WTF boasts a simple premise: It's a collection of simple little jobs, most of which look and play like old Atari games. Upon completion of each simple little job, you earn money, which you then use to buy access to more simple little jobs. Chopping wood, crossing the street, counting people, capping pens: There's no end to the work that needs to be done.
What a world! We create video games in which we work to earn money and then must work more. How truly odd. Surely just around the corner resides a game wherein we perform only the most rudimentary tasks and chores: Happy Super Breathe In/Breathe Out! Time to Pay Bills! Floss and Floss Again!
The really odd thing about WTF is that, once you've earned enough money, you can actually "purchase" tools that will allow you to use your PSP for utilitarian, real-world purposes, tools like the Restaurant Bill Splitter and the Handy Light.
Maybe one day soon our handheld video-game machines will start producing food and shelter.