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Sony steals a winner from Nintendo...and runs with it!

  • Nov 26, 2012
Ah...the Sony PlayStation! One of the few things my dad actually did for me was introduce me to this console growing up. I have been playing video games since I could ever walk and talk. I have always been a Nintendo kid before, my first console was a NES. Atari was before my time so the only Atari I knew was at the arcade. After a while I got my SNES. When it was time for the N64 to come out, I already knew about it because of things like the Nintendo Power magazine. However I did not get neither the N64 nor the PSone until years later (2003-2004), because we were always tight on money. I still got to play the N64 at a friend's house, but that is another story for another review.

Anyways, one weekend that I got to spend with my dad, he brought me over my uncle's house to spend time with that side of my family. I didn't know what to think when they busted out the grey box that looked like a toilet. I thought at the time that it was just a funky looking CD-player thing. That was of course without knowing about the controllers and mem' cards. They plugged it up and I played my first PlayStation games like Siphon Filter, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Jet Moto among a few others. Note that this was maybe a year after launch. After me and my cousin had our fun with the console, my uncle and dad played games like Resident Evil, Evil Dead, and Martian Gothic Unification. I thought the polygons were astounding and me being around eight and never seeing anything like it, my first experience with what is now one of my favorite genres (Survival Horror) gave me many restless nights and literally made me piss myself. It is hard to think nowadays for me to be scared of polygons vs today's crisp HD (granted I haven't seen much HD because tv's are expensive as all hell.)

The point of the story is that while CD's and DVD's are practically useless when scratched and are hard to manage, the system still revolutionized how games are controlled and saved. While it is true that Microsoft perfected saving with the Xbox's internal memory, almost every controller since the original PlayStation has two analog sticks, a D-pad, four face buttons, select (back), start, four shoulder buttons, and a vibrating feature. It also gave new life to the RPG genre, further expanding what the SNES did with it, and with Resident Evil and Silent Hill, invented the new survival-horror genre that screwed with our minds. While the system has it's flaws and Sony stole the plans they had with Nintendo and made something of it, Microsoft and even Nintendo brought elements from the console in their own like the controller design and the use of disk formats for games. Sony may have had trouble with hacking but even with all the innovations at Nintendo, I believe that only Sony shows us how to truly play beyond.  
Sony steals a winner from Nintendo...and runs with it! Sony steals a winner from Nintendo...and runs with it! Sony steals a winner from Nintendo...and runs with it! Sony steals a winner from Nintendo...and runs with it!

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November 29, 2012
definitely redefined video gaming.
November 27, 2012
The PS2 may be my favorite console ever, and that's in part because it has backward compatibility with this one's games.
November 27, 2012
Yes! Sony is my favorite out of them, Nintendo, and Microsoft--Nintendo being a close second. The Xbox doesn't really have games I like besides perhaps Gears and Halo, mind you. Sony has the games and innovation every time. The only thing I hate is the lack of backwards compatibility on the  PS3 ,at least you can buy PS1 games in the store. The PS2 was fine in that regard until the system ages. I don't know why but after replacing my first PS2 slim for a bigger model, I can't get any of them to play most of my PS1 games. Maybe I had a bad pick of the bunch. But yeah so many beloved franchises. Way to go Sony! :)
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The PlayStation (officially abbreviated PS) brand is a series of video game consoles created and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. Spanning the fifth, sixth, and seventh generations of video gaming, the brand was first introduced on December 3, 1994 in Japan.[1] The brand consists of a total of three consoles, a media center, an online service, a line of controllers and a handheld as well as multiple magazines.

The first console in the series, the PlayStation, was the first video game console to ship 100 million units after 9 years and 6 months of its initial launch.[2] While its successor, PlayStation 2, is the best-selling console to date having reached over 140 million units sold as of September 30, 2009.[3] Sony's current console, PlayStation 3, has sold over 41.6 million consoles worldwide as of September 30, 2010.[4] The first handheld game console in the PlayStation series, PlayStation Portable (PSP), has sold a total of 60 million units worldwide as of March 14, 2010.[5] In addition, two new pieces of hardware are being developed as part of the PlayStation brand, a successor to the PlayStation Portable unofficially known as the PlayStation Portable 2 (codenamed "Veta") and a smartphone unofficially known as the PlayStation Phone (codenamed "Zeus").

Other hardware released as part of the PlayStation series include the PSX, a digital video recorder which was integrated with the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, though it was short lived ...

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Publisher: Sony
Console: Playstation
Release Date: December 3, 1994 in Japan

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