After 12 incredible years of service, Sony has officially laid to rest their most popular video game console ever, the PlayStation 2. The system was launched in 2000 and has sold over 150 million units around the globe, with a library exceeding 10,000 titles as of 2011.
But everything that begins must have an end, and that time has arrived for the PS2. As of last week, Sony has discontinued all production of the console worldwide, reports The Guardian, bringing a close to one of the most important and influential eras in console history.
For many, myself included, the PS2 changed the way we look at video game consoles. No longer where they merely a means to play video games, but instead an entertainment box that could do multiple forms of media, making the system a sound alternative to buying a separate video game console for the kids and DVD player the parents in the living room. A PlayStation 2 would kill two birds with one stone, and it’s for that reason, among many more, that the system became a whopping success for Sony.
I still remember the day I got my PlayStation 2, which wasn’t long after my parents bought me a Sega Dreamcast (I was kind of spoiled). The Dreamcast was treating me just fine, but the appeal of a PS2 was far too great to ignore. It was actually Madden NFL 2001 that made the system a must own for me. The day I got both the console and Madden is one I will never forget, as it thrust me into the upper stratosphere of being the “cool kid” in my neighborhood. To this day, the PlayStation 2 remains home to some of my favorite video game experiences ever – the Jak & Daxter trilogy, Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City, ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3, and the list goes on.
While the launch of Sony’s follow-up, the PlayStation 3, wasn’t nearly as exciting, what with its ridiculous asking price and lack of quality software, the system has thankfully done a complete 180 and become a welcomed staple of my gaming habits. But even with all the great experiences I’ve had on my PS3, the PS2 still holds a special place in my heart, which is probably echoed by most gamers around the world. Sony tapped into something truly magical with the PS2, and it’s sad to say goodbye even if I haven’t touched one in years.
But now that it’s being laid to rest officially, I can’t help but pay my respects. So thanks for the memories, PS2. Sleep well, sweet prince.
R.I.P. Sony PlayStation 2, 2000 – 2012.
Erik Norris is the Gaming Editor for CraveOnline. You can follow him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.