Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Dec 2012 18:14 UTC
Games "We've joked about its refusal to die before, but today, finally, the console begins its march into the history books. Having sold over 150 million units since its release in 2000, the PlayStation 2 has today ceased shipping to Japanese retailers, meaning once remaining stock is gone, it's gone. The console was first released in Japan on March 4, 2000, and in those twelve years has become - by a longshot - the biggest-selling home video game console of all time." I should play Shadow of the Colossus again.
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by WereCatf on Sat 29th Dec 2012 05:58 UTC
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It's sad that the PS2 production has now ended. Not because the H/W is somehow really good or anything, but because it's probably the last no-fuss games console to have been in production. In the olden days when you wanted to start gaming you just turned the TV and the console on and slapped the game inside and away you go -- that was the whole appeal of console gaming and it was what separated consoles so well from PCs. Games, not online services or spying on gamers, were the primary focus.

These days games consoles require jumping through hoops just to get a game running, let alone the fact that you can't just loan the game disc to your friends so they, too, can enjoy it. Back in the day I really liked the PS2 and the games that were available for it, and when the PS3 came out I shortly got one, naively expecting similar experience to the PS2 but with increased image-quality and even more depth to the games. Boy, was I ever wrong; it's a hugely inferior experience with things like very slow operation general operation, if the console detects there's an update available for your game you can't start the game unless you update -- there is no way of skipping that --, games tend to require entering serial keys and doing random online activation, things get locked to your PSN - account and so on and so forth.

These days I game on the PC, I don't see the point in going for consoles anymore, the appeal is gone. I miss the last gen and I am afraid the future human generations will never know what a truly hassle-free console gaming could be at its best.

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