PlayStation turns the big two-oh today, and Sony are celebrating the event on their official home page, collating memories from fans, detailing the history behind the console family and basically giving life to the celebration of a franchise that’s been with some gamer’s since they were born.
In addition to the site collecting memories from around the globe, Sony are releasing a limited edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 coloured in the traditional PlayStation livery which boots up with the iconic PS1 jingle. What’s that? I’ve left a hole in your soul that can never be filled, a life now devoid of meaning? Too bad, you can suffer along with me.
I was a late bloomer to the PlayStation, only really diving in during the PlayStation 2 era (which I bought to play all those turn-based tactical JRPGs; you could already see the refined palette for quality games that would be essential to my rise of video game journalist stardom), but I had luckier friends who did.
Abe’s Oddysee was a particular joy for me, and Destruction Derby 2 planted the germ of enthusiasm I still retain for arcade racers. It’s impossible to overestimate the impact of the PlayStation, which was born from failed ambitions with Nintendo and aimed itself at a more mature audience.
Over the twenty years, the PlayStation has seen some incredibly dramatic moments: it’s infamous announcement at E3 of 1995; the frankly batshit crazy advertising campaigns that have hounded it throughout it’s life; finally taking the crown of the best-selling console of all time with the PlayStation 2; the fall and eventual rise of PlayStation 3; the PSN hack of 2011.
There’s so much we could cover, but instead I’ll point you in the direction of Sony’s site (particularly the #20yearsofplay) and then open the floor to you, the readers: let’s hear your early PlayStation memories.