History Check: Where Were You During The PlayStation Launches?
As the PlayStation 4 launch gets closer and closer, let's check our personal histories: Where were we at each of the last PlayStation console launches?
The years were 1995, 2000 and 2006 respectively. A whole lot has happened since then and the video game industry will never be the same again. You've probably grown quite a bit, too, and you'll never be the same again. So, look back and try not to get all choked up.
I'll go first.
I'll be honest: I wasn't on board with the original PlayStation when it first came out. I was still happy with my SNES and Genesis; I hadn't even tried the Sega Saturn or anything like that. But a friend of mine got the PlayStation when it first came out, and I realized that a new age was upon us. Not long after, I developed my hardcore dedication to RPGs and the PlayStation suddenly became my go-to option. It produced some of my most memorable years in gaming; around 30 RPGs still sit in my collection and I loved 'em all. I also enjoyed classics like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Alundra, Twisted Metal 2 and Medal of Honor.
Hence, I was all about the PS2. It also helped that I was working at Electronics Boutique at the time. I was there for launch day and what a freakin' zoo that was. The coolest part was that the night before, we all met in the store for a pre-launch meeting...but it was really just to wait until midnight, so we could all legally purchase our PS2s. ;) I did so at approximately 12:07 a.m. on October 26, 2000, which means I must've been one of the first people in the entire country to have it. I actually went home and put it under my bed, swearing I wouldn't touch it until the launch day insanity was over. I would be working all day and I wanted time to crack open that bad boy. Oh, and we were playing PS2 games in the back room for weeks before the launch. ;)
The PS3 came out right around the time I started here at PSXE, so it was basically essential from a work standpoint. I probably wouldn't have picked it up right out of the gate; the $600 price tag was absurd, I wasn't convinced that Blu-Ray would win the HD format war, and there really weren't any games I really cared about. But I got lucky; I pre-ordered early enough to nab mine on launch day, and I emerged plenty impressed with the likes of Resistance: Fall of Man and the blossoming PlayStation Network. I also liked that the original 60GB fatties were fully backwards compatible, so I could keep playing my PS2 and PS1 games. If I remember correctly, I played all of Final Fantasy XII on the PS3.
Okay, your turn.
7/23/2013 10:03:20 PM Ben Dutka