PlayStation vs. PolyStation

A game console from the streets of Dubai

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It's amazing, the things you can find in hidden, out-of-the-way street markets.

Behold the "PolyStation," a circa-2004 gaming console that sells for about $40. I found it in the main souk in Dubai in a shop owned by a merchant from Iran. (Iranian immigrants own many of the stores there. Without their industriousness, it would probably be impossible to buy anything before 2 p.m.)

The PolyStation comes with a game controller. The merchant also told me it is compatible with games for other versions of the PolyStation and even compatible with games made for game consoles spelled in a similar fashion. However, we didn't have a chance to test it. Instead, I bought some fake gold bracelets for my daughter.

"The artificial logo is a nice touch," I told him. He nodded and gave me the thumbs-up.

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