Sony's planning to hold a midnight launch sale for the PlayStation Portable's North American debut, but the catch is that it's only at the PlayStation Store in San Francisco, California. The doors open at 12:01am on Thursday morning where PSP Value Packs and individual games will be sold off on a first come, first served basis. For those not in the California area nationwide retailer GameStop is planning a midnight madness sale of their own. Personally, I've always been wary of these midnight launches. Sure, you get to be the first person on your block to own the latest gadget, but my worry is that some pickpocket or street gang would be waiting down the block to thwack me in the legs with a steel pipe and run off with my new prize. The only time I've ever braved the stores for a major release on launch day was in 1998 when Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. When I left the store I hid the golden game pak under my jacket to pass by the crowd of people without reservation tickets without incident. Enjoy those new PSPs, folks, but watch your back on the way home.