It’s the end of an era for gaming.
A few days ago, Sony confirmed that they will finally be ceasing production of Playstation 2 consoles. Just to make you feel old, that marks 12 long years of production for the gaming system coming to an end now, leaving behind a trail of memories for any gamer that ever plugged one into the wall. And since the PS2 is the best selling console of all time with over 150 million units being sold around the world, there’s probably a lot of us with such memories.
Some of the first games I ever played (at least, that actually belonged to me) were on the Playstation 2, so this news stirs a particular nostalgia in me. Titanic games that gamers will always remember permeated the system, including Final Fantasy X-XII, the first three Devil May Cry games, Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, God of War 1 and 2, Monster Hunter, and the list goes on and on. It will be a system of unforgotten memories for many of us, and to see it officially done can be a little disheartening in light of so many fond memories.
However, just as grandparents must retire and see their future generations succeed, the system’s “grandchild” is just shy of being born. The PS4 is slated with a tentative release for next year, and the next generation of gaming technology is upon us. We’ve all seen firsthand what the PS2’s successor can do in the PS3, and I have equal, if not more numerous, fond memories for that system. Time will reveal what new and exciting experiences await us in the Playstation 4.
But for now I look back on the Playstation 2’s twelve long years of service, and I do so with a smile. And a twitching thumb.
What fond memories do you have for the system? Leave some love for Sony’s 2nd generation console in the comments below.