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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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Sat 29th Dec 2012 01:13 UTC
Laurence
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2007-03-26

To be honest, I never really like the PS2. But for reasons that many might view as rather petty: The PS2 was evolutionarily* behind the Dreamcast and yet the PS2 is what eventually killed** Sega.

* The specs were comparable between the DC and the PS2, but the DC is what first brought internet play to console gamers. It was the first console to make good use of a keyboard and mouse. First to promote homebrew games (a community Sony still turn their backs on even today) and first bring us audio and display on the controllers. The DC had memory cards that were consoles in their own right and did a whole boat load of other cool stuff too. It's taken the games industry 10 years to catch up with the DC in terms of the vision Sega started.

** metaphorically and over dramatised I know. Sega are still releasing games and arcade machines, but their consoles used to be kickarse.

Edited 2012-12-29 01:14 UTC

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by Casey99 on Sat 29th Dec 2012 01:26 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
Casey99 Member since:
2011-07-14

The Dreamcast is awesome. A huge improvement over the Saturn. I wouldn't say it was awesome just because of the hardware though, it had some of the best games and definitely the most fun and unique games I have ever played on any console.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by WorknMan on Sat 29th Dec 2012 02:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Ya, I think the Dreamcast was the last console released that actually had a soul. Everything that came after it has been pretty much garbage. The one saving grace of the last gen has been the downloadable titles, which is where most of the fun could be had. That is, unless you REALLY like military shooters and rehashed shit ;)

Edited 2012-12-29 02:47 UTC

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by sergio on Sat 29th Dec 2012 06:01 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm really happy to read comments like yours. DC was incredible.

Yeah, PS2 had a huge game catalog and 3rd party support but It was the worst console of his generation. More of the same, zero innovation.

DC had online, DC had VGA output, DC had Shenmue. Even Xbox 1 and Gamecube were better products than PS2.

Playstation created a videogame monoculture very similar to PC/Windows monoculture... and for me that's a really bad thing. I'm very happy to see PS2 dead. The end of a really mediocre era (IMHO).

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Ultimatebadass on Sat 29th Dec 2012 19:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

The console is only as good as the games released for it are.

The PS2 hardware wise was a faulty POS (the drive mostly), but it did not matter because it had the most and biggest games of its generation.

DC and Xbox had a couple of decent exclusives and Gamecube... well, it's nintendo, it has its fanbase but personally I'm not feeling the whole mario thing (I guess it's mostly popular in japan and usa).

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by crystall on Sat 29th Dec 2012 19:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
crystall Member since:
2007-02-06

DC had online, DC had VGA output, DC had Shenmue. Even Xbox 1 and Gamecube were better products than PS2.


The VGA output was fantastic at the time, playing the games on a monitor was so much crisper than on a TV. It was also a boon for people with limited space (like me and everybody else in a cramped college dorm room) who could share one monitor between a PC and the Dreamcast.

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by Wafflez on Sat 29th Dec 2012 19:26 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Games win, not hardware.

And PS2 has the best selection of games imo.

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by Finalzone on Sun 30th Dec 2012 04:36 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

To be honest, I never really like the PS2. But for reasons that many might view as rather petty: The PS2 was evolutionarily* behind the Dreamcast and yet the PS2 is what eventually killed** Sega.


This. PS2 is one reason I have a deep hatred against Sony for their arrogance attitude. PS2 was argually the most overhyped console hardware, initial sales was mainly for the DVD play.
Although some games look better thanks to the updated middleware, the visual quality did not truly match the Dreamcast (echoing the last true console gaming by far missed by previous generation. Trying to play on a HDTV hurt eyes once you are used to the clean and crisp visual quality.
So good riddance.

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