Happy birthday, PS2.
This is a few days late, because I've been busy for the past few days.
October 26th, 2010 was the 10th anniversary of the North American release of the Playstation 2. The console is still selling strong, and with 200 games in my collection, I still show no signs of slowing down. I just ordered a package of 14 more PS2 games from Gamestop, and I'll do a blog with more details about that tomorrow.
The PS2 is the only console I've ever built up this sized collection for. It's also the only console I've ever modded to play import games, and the system I've owned the longest continuously of any console.
To truly understand my love for this system, you'd have to go back to the beginning, the late '90s to early '00s. I was a relatively closed-minded gamer. I only really played a few games. My games on the PS1 were the Resident Evil series, Tony Hawk, and my favorite, WWF Smackdown, as I was a big wrestling fan at the time.
I heard that the 3rd game in the Smackdown series would be released on the new system, the Playstation 2. That alone made me make the leap. I got my first PS2 in late 2001, with my first and only game being WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It. I was blown away by the improved graphics. I immediately fell in love with this machine.
Smackdown stayed my only PS2 game, until my brother introduced me to a game that would change my life, which was Grand Theft Auto 3. I became a huge fan of the GTA series, which I still am to this day. I also played Tony Hawk 3, which made me go crazy, I loved it.
For a while, my PS2 collection stayed small, because I didn't have the money to buy most games. I got a few Greatest Hits games, Metal Gear Solid 2, which my first game in what became one of my favorite series', and SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals, which I actually loved for the single-player, I didn't play it online until many years later. Another was Tekken 4, which also became one of my favorite series.
For Christmas 2003, I got the last PS2 games I ever bought at $50, which were Jak 2 and True Crime: Streets of LA. Both games that I loved. But from then on, I never bought another game at full price again...
In 2004, I discovered the used game market, and I never looked back. I found out I can buy used games, which are a few years old, and I could get them for a tiny fraction of their original cost. My first used games were Red Faction and Star Wars: Starfighter, two games I played demos of, and still stand as two of my favorite games.
From then on, it would be almost exclusively used games. Although I picked up some games sealed, it was only in their Greatest Hits form. I bought games like Bully and both God of War games like this. But mostly, it was used games, most of them less than $10.
Here it is 2010, and I'm still collecting used PS2 games. My collection has grown from only a dozen games, to a few dozen, to 50, to 100, and now to 200 and beyond.
I can honestly write a book on all the awesome games I've played for this system. Other than the ones mentioned above, I'd also like to mention the Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper games, the Burnout series, Medal of Honor Frontline, Max Payne, Freedom Fighters, Psi-Ops, The Godfather, Half-Life, Killzone, Marc Ecko's Getting Up, the Onimusha series, the unorthadox games like Alien Hominid, Katamari Damacy and Viewtiful Joe, and just countless others that I can't even name off the top of my head.
I can't even really describe the feeling of getting addicted to a game. It just becomes an obsession. I can't think about anything else except that one game. This has happened so many times on the PS2 that honestly it's all a blur.
This is what makes the PS2 the greatest system in my opinion. Although there are good games on every system, I think the PS2 has the best library of them all. Consider me a personal testimonial to that.
The PS2 has actually opened my mind to many new different kinds of games that I never would've played before. I said at the beginning of this blog that I was a closed-minded gamer. But as time has gone by, I've become more and more open-minded. Now, thanks largely to the PS2, I'm open to playing just about anything. I've had so much fun gaming because of this, and in so many different ways.
I have nearly 9 years of history with this system that's been around for 10. I'm still making my own personal history with the PS2. I just bought Shadow of the Colossus, and it's become my latest PS2 addiction. It's more than a great game, it's just an epic experience.
I don't know how long the PS2 will stay on the shelves, and I don't know how long I'll keep playing it. But I know that as long as I do, there will be fun at every turn.