I still remember it clearly, I just had graduated college, and about to take on the world, and to celebrate, I traded in my N64 Donkey Kong Edition (it was green, and I should have kept it), my PSone, and a slew of games to get a shiny newly released PS2. Walking home from what was then called Electronics Boutique (Game Stop to all of you young uns), I was ecstatic, and could not wait to dive right in and experience the ‘Next’ Generation in gaming. Thinking back now, I can’t even remember what my first game was. I do remember playing Zone of Enders endlessly with my cousins, as well as Twisted Metal Black (the end credits with the Rolling Stones – Paint it Black was awesome, and will always be forever be associated with that game and the PS2 with me). And we also did some damage with Gran Turismo 3, which, to me was totally jaw dropping in the graphics department, and probably was the first game to me, to blur virtual and reality, in terms of looks.
I have played many games on that trusty big black brick, heck, I still have the majority in my basement (along with my PS2), and that system has served countless hours of gaming fun, from the Gran TUrismo‘s, the Madden’s, the Metal Gears, and The DDR’s, yes Dance Dance Revolution. I have so many fond memories playing my PS2, but somehow, even with all those great games, it still does not hold a candle in my heart as the SNES did. I have better gaming memories in the 8 and 16 bit era, than that of the first 2 Playstations. But I digress.
My PS2 hasn’t been touched since I bought a PS3, and I still purchased games for it about a little over a year ago, which I had meant to play, since the newer PS3’s aren’t backwards compatible.
I might just dust off my PS2, and be nostalgic for a bit, and relive some of those games. To date, I think I have over 100 or so PS2 games, and I might just do some retro recollections here.
Anyway, here’s to the PS2, you have given all of us some great memories in the past decade.
English: Two iterations of the PlayStation 2 console, the fat and the slimline. On the left is a slimline model SCPH-70001 with a vertical stand, on the right is a SCPH-30001 with a DualShock2 and 8MB memory card plugged in. This is the JPG version. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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