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Three Cheers For Playstation 2

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Out of all the video game consoles out there, the most successful of all time must be the Playstation 2. It has sold about 140 million units worldwide which make it the best-selling video game console ever. Now, It’s not part of the new generation of consoles, but it’s still selling. What’s even more impressive is that there is still new games being developed for it. I dare say Sony would probably be better off to cease production of the PS3 and develop a better line of the PS2. The Playstation 3 has just been a big loss for them so far, since it’s so expensive, very few buy it.

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The original design of the PS2

Back to the case: how could such an old system like the PS2 still be so popular? For starters it’s cheap, but that can’t be the only reason right? No it really isn’t, because back in 2000 when the system was launched, it had retail problems. This made it expensive, not because the retailers had a high price. No, it was on eBay the PS2 was expensive. Some even paid thousands of dollars for it. So the cheap price of today has only recently increased its popularity.

Probably one of the key reasons why the PS2 was so popular at launch was that the PS1 had such a great success. That meant that Sony already had a great fan base. What’s more, the PS2 has backward compatibility with the PS1 games. So you can still play your old favorites on it. That along with the fan base made it a sure best-seller to begin with.
Since the PS1 already had a great deal of games to offer. The buyers had lots of old games to play while waiting for the PS2 to get a real install base.

Another major break for the system is the fact that Sony made it easy for game developers with development kits. This got the game-market to explode with new games. Some may have been bad, but along came what we today call classics. It was a piece of cake for the PS2 to win the console war since it was launched a year before its competitors: Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s Gamcube. Both Xbox and Gamecube suffered from poor selling because of having less games available compared to the PS2.

But why is it still alive today? Microsoft ceased production of the Xbox back in 2006 and Nintendo did it one year later. The PS2 is still in production! It’s still alive and kicking! I find this admirable. Now that the seventh generation of video game consoles is in full production. It’s a harsh time for the PS2. You might think so, but actually no. The system sells as good as ever. It’s not hard to see why. There are so many great games for the PS2 – that includes the old school PS1 games – and it costs almost nothing! It’s even cheaper than the Wii and if you ask me, it’s better.

So to end this blogentry nicely, I salute you Playstation 2, the best video game console ever!
My years with you has been loads of fun and it will continue to please my gaming-needs for several years to come.
Cheers!

/Mr. D

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4 Responses to “Three Cheers For Playstation 2”


  1. 1 skunken
    April 30, 2009 at 23:10

    My guess is that PS3 is not compatible with PS2 games. So Sony must continue produce them, to reach all thoes old-school gamers. Thats the only reason i can see why it’s still in production. Doh it’s a really lousy machine, it’s hard to believe that they still use same technology as they did in 2000. I’ll get slowdowns, it lags. Hours of loading time. Its unplayable tbh. Guess you get use to it.

  2. 2 Mr. D
    May 1, 2009 at 00:00

    Nah, I don’t think it’s only because the PS3 is not compatible with PS2 games.
    Look at the numbers, they don’t lie. 140 million units sold. It’s the best-selling video game console ever. No console is even close.
    Sure it’s pretty flawed nowadays, but the PS3 in my opinion is even more flawed.
    By the way, the reason why Sony don’t make the PS3 backward compatible with PS2 games is because the PS2 sells so good. Cheap entertainment sells!

  3. 3 Akira_san
    May 1, 2009 at 13:36

    Loading time was never a problem for the ps2 really. Maybe some shitty games, but the good ones used smart programming so you wouldn’t notice it.

    Also you never mentioned the new PStwo or ps2slim or whatever you wanna call it.
    Imo thats when ps2 went from good to epic.

  4. 4 Mr. D
    May 1, 2009 at 13:56

    Yeah you’re absolutely right. The original one couldn’t possible be any competition for todays video game consoles.


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