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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Sad
by WereCatf on Sat 29th Dec 2012 05:58 UTC
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2006-02-15

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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RE: Sad
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 29th Dec 2012 11:04 in reply to "Sad"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

let alone the fact that you can't just loan the game disc to your friends so they, too, can enjoy it.


Huh? I loan and borrow games all the time for my Xbox 360.

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by Kroc on Sat 29th Dec 2012 11:28 in reply to "RE: Sad"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Including the games you bought through the online store?

There's a possibility that the next generation of consoles won't use discs. It's messy and ineffective. Retail will get product key cards, Microsoft have been doing that with Office for years now.

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by dvhh on Sun 30th Dec 2012 06:28 in reply to "RE: Sad"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

unfortunately some of the ps3 best pearl are download only title (I own an xbox360 and I am current hooked on XCOM, but I seriously want to buy a ps3 to enjoy the experience offered by Journey )

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RE: Sad
by Wafflez on Sat 29th Dec 2012 22:33 in reply to "Sad"
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2011-06-26


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.

These days I game on the PC, I don't see the point in going for consoles anymore, the appeal is gone.

Unplug internet cable - pop a CD and play. No more patches (although throwing an update is a very good thing in my book). That's for xBox, with PS you will still need to install games because of slow drive.

I still enjoy console gaming more than PC. Not much because of more games or that PC version come like a year later, but because you don't need to jump through the hoops (see what I did there?). Going to sound settings and changing default format, editing .ini files, editing registry, downloading dlls and placing in executable's directory, changing keybinds to ESDF movement for every single god damn game, changing graphics settings to yeld 60 fps, install some wtf software like steam, origin, games for windows live, uplay, NCSoftsomething... Now that's jumping through the hoops.

Edited 2012-12-29 22:36 UTC

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RE: Sad
by moondevil on Sun 30th Dec 2012 14:14 in reply to "Sad"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I really enjoyed my PS2, even bought the PS2Linux support for it, back in 2004, before it was discontinued.

Sony let me down with the PS3 locking out Linux users, when considering the openess that NetYaroze and PS2Linux enjoyed.

Nowadays I only care about DRM free games.

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