PlayStation 2 Discontinued in Japan

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Terramax:

Tanis:
*tear

I'm thinking of getting a new PS2, I already own the fat/slim, and keeping it boxed up just in case my older consoles ever die I'll have a back-up.

The PS2 is to the 3D gen what the SNES was to the 2D gen.
The greatest of the greatest of the greatest..

There we go, fixed for you. No need to thank me XD

The PS2 is the greatest console ever created. I worship it on my knees every day and I kiss it's controller for good luck every morning. It sits at the head of my table when I eat and I throw the most extravagant parties when I celebrate the day I got it. It is my beginning and my end. I owe everything I have to it and it gives me the greatest pleasure ever. I sleep with it by my side every night and I don't feel safe without. I love my PS2 an I would go to hell and back for it.

That is what you meant to say right? I mean I'm sure you meant to exclaim your love for it even more but you had to be careful of being too descriptive.

OT: Man the PS2 was great. I had so many good times with it' games. Playing with my friends in the same room as we chowed down on cookies and pop and fought over who got the good controller. Ah good times. I guess I should go pick one up just in case my current one ever checks out. Still ten years and counting and it is still going strong.

Treblaine:

out of your list there is 1 game that i liked, and evne that i played on PC. and i like SONY. so whats up with that?
i guess 13 years is a long enough time to write off a console. i wrote off my PC after 9 when it comes to gaming (although occasional return fire match with a friend is fun). Now could this be a sign that SONY is preparing for PS4?

good bye you Loveable rouge I will never ever ever ever forget the times you gave me ever so many hours played

CrazyBlaze:

Terramax:

Tanis:

The SNES - The greatest of the greatest of the greatest dust collector.

That is what you meant to say right? I mean I'm sure you meant to exclaim your love for it even more but you had to be careful of being too descriptive.

PERFECT! Those are the exact words I was trying to express. Thanks for the help.

CrazyCapnMorgan:
Man, oh man. My PS2 has been there for me through the greatest of gaming times and I can't think of any other console that has not only been reliable, but also had the ability to play such games as Legend of Mana, Final Fantasy Tactics, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Timesplitters, Legend of Dragoon and Grandia. Such awesome times.

Speaking of Grandia...

I love you for this. Manly tears were shed.

AldUK:

CrazyCapnMorgan:
Man, oh man. My PS2 has been there for me through the greatest of gaming times and I can't think of any other console that has not only been reliable, but also had the ability to play such games as Legend of Mana, Final Fantasy Tactics, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Timesplitters, Legend of Dragoon and Grandia. Such awesome times.

Speaking of Grandia...

I love you for this. Manly tears were shed.

That song ranks up there with "Death of Optimus Prime" and other songs that're difficult NOT to cry as you listen to them. Had to include it for this news.

Also, you're very welcome!

Strazdas:

Treblaine:

out of your list there is 1 game that i liked, and evne that i played on PC. and i like SONY. so whats up with that?
i guess 13 years is a long enough time to write off a console. i wrote off my PC after 9 when it comes to gaming (although occasional return fire match with a friend is fun). Now could this be a sign that SONY is preparing for PS4?

Well I loved them all.

Even though many of those weren't PS2 exclusives, I first played them on PS2.

You may have written of your old PC but you replaced it with another PC. PC is still alive.

No one cried for the end of PS1 as PS2 continued what was good with PS1 including backwards compatibility.

But it's all over now, PS3 like 360 and WiiU are different breeds of a new kind of console gaming that has so many of the downsides of PC gaming and few of the upsides.

CrazyBlaze:

Terramax:

Tanis:
*tear

I'm thinking of getting a new PS2, I already own the fat/slim, and keeping it boxed up just in case my older consoles ever die I'll have a back-up.

The PS2 is to the 3D gen what the SNES was to the 2D gen.
The greatest of the greatest of the greatest..

There we go, fixed for you. No need to thank me XD

The PS2 is the greatest console ever created. I worship it on my knees every day and I kiss it's controller for good luck every morning. It sits at the head of my table when I eat and I throw the most extravagant parties when I celebrate the day I got it. It is my beginning and my end. I owe everything I have to it and it gives me the greatest pleasure ever. I sleep with it by my side every night and I don't feel safe without. I love my PS2 an I would go to hell and back for it.

That is what you meant to say right? I mean I'm sure you meant to exclaim your love for it even more but you had to be careful of being too descriptive.

OT: Man the PS2 was great. I had so many good times with it' games. Playing with my friends in the same room as we chowed down on cookies and pop and fought over who got the good controller. Ah good times. I guess I should go pick one up just in case my current one ever checks out. Still ten years and counting and it is still going strong.

No? Not working? Hmm, this strand is getting way too heated. Quick send in Jimmy Carter to do his comedy break dancing routine:

Ah, what a President. He earned his Nobel Peace Prize.

Treblaine:

Strazdas:

Treblaine:

out of your list there is 1 game that i liked, and evne that i played on PC. and i like SONY. so whats up with that?
i guess 13 years is a long enough time to write off a console. i wrote off my PC after 9 when it comes to gaming (although occasional return fire match with a friend is fun). Now could this be a sign that SONY is preparing for PS4?

Well I loved them all.

Even though many of those weren't PS2 exclusives, I first played them on PS2.

You may have written of your old PC but you replaced it with another PC. PC is still alive.

No one cried for the end of PS1 as PS2 continued what was good with PS1 including backwards compatibility.

But it's all over now, PS3 like 360 and WiiU are different breeds of a new kind of console gaming that has so many of the downsides of PC gaming and few of the upsides.

i think you put it very nicely there (bolded part).
i guess we got different tastes, thats not bad. and PC is still alive, but its taking a beating from all sides now, and while PC does have a lot of backward compatibility, not as much as one wants sometimes. Yes the new consoles are a new breed, but the new PCS that (will be) runing win 8, androids and ioses are a new breed too. sometimes old things have to let the new ones in, even if they were good. times change and sometimes we do have let go.

Treblaine:
The last console to be sold without premium DLC...

...See you in another life, PS2.

I think you win the thread already. Laughing and tearing up a little at the same time!!!

But as great as those games are, for me, things keep getting better. Better graphics, better game play. I still have 2 newer slims of these for vacations. Easy to transport, play on, and I still have a dozen games for it. Dunno if I'd trust transporting a PS3. Bigger, bulkier, might be more delicate.

gigastar:
I think this is most appropiate.

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Let us not remember that it is gone, but that it ever was.

Lest we forget.

Rest in peace PS2, you magnificent son of a bitch.

Japan discontinuing the PS2 is some sad news, as literal and as symbolic of its demise as you can get.
It's remained my trusty gaming console for years now. I've hoarded sixty-plus titles on it and keep buying to this very date. I have a long way before I play through all of them, too. Especially since I like to replay my favorites - for the fun, for the challenge, for the memories, for the hell of it.

I'm sure though that a lot of us will keep gaming on the PS2. I know I will. Life goes on at one pace, we go on at another.

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PS2
2000-

My PS3 died after about four years and left me without my favorite game system for about a month... so I plugged in old PS2 slim and started the nostalgia trip.

What followed was essentially a video game time travel adventure.

It eventually ended with me playing Final Fantasy 6.... >.<

The PS2 was, by definition, my first console. And still is. I'd played on plenty of older consoles before, at my relatives or at my friend's houses, but we all know that's not exactly the same thing. My parents weren't big on games, especially my dad who described things like movies and certain television as "money wasting nonsense". So imagine how my goddamn surprise when on my birthday, I saw a big yest strangely beautiful box labeled as a PS2!

You wanna know what my first games was?

Lego Soccer Mania.

And I loved the shit out of it!

From there a beautiful relationship began. I didn't have many games, but that didn't matter. I loved em, the variety. One moment I was playing a brawler, the next an RPG, a racing game, a platformer, you name it! A few years back, while I was away, my brother sold a few of our PS2 games or threw them into the woods "just because". (Asshole...) But now that I know a bit more about this whole gaming thing, I think it's time I raided my local gamestop. The last one I know of that actually carries PS2 games. (Behind the counter, but still)

Wow just think for a second, so many companies and developers were started or at least noticed in part because of the PS2. So many new ideas were put on the table and exist even today. I get it, they can't just keep making this a console with no new games coming out, but this still kinda saddens me in an oddly happy sorta way. Ambivalence I believe it's called. Thank you, you big black monolith...

And God's speed you magnificent bastard!

Strazdas:

Treblaine:

But it's all over now, PS3 like 360 and WiiU are different breeds of a new kind of console gaming that has so many of the downsides of PC gaming and few of the upsides.

i think you put it very nicely there (bolded part).
i guess we got different tastes, thats not bad. and PC is still alive, but its taking a beating from all sides now, and while PC does have a lot of backward compatibility, not as much as one wants sometimes. Yes the new consoles are a new breed, but the new PCS that (will be) runing win 8, androids and ioses are a new breed too. sometimes old things have to let the new ones in, even if they were good. times change and sometimes we do have let go.

As hard as things are on PC, I have my MOST faith in PC as the fight is still going on. We haven't given up, to spite all that has been foisted on us we won't accept it.

PC may be taking a beating from all sides but it's still standing, still alive.

I dismay at how complacent and accepting console gamers are of premium map packs, XBL Gold membership for no guarantee of dedicated servers, and such poor fan unity. And Playstation Plus... you are just paying extra for standard features.

PC with indie, GoG and Steam games, I get the least amount of Bullshit. I get the least amount of shilling and broken promises. I get backwards compatibility. I get a fair price.

PS2 was a no-bullshit platform. It had backwards compatibility and it just worked. To get new weapons and outfits in Tomb Raider Legend you had to complete the levels within time to get gold-medals and find all the secrets. Now the more common way to get extra content is just to pay for it. The games were released FINISHED. Now they are released in a broken state and expect you to wait for downloadable patches. THe game was not constantly rebalanced with updates, it was just the way it was from the start.

In 2002, my friend convinced me to pick up a PS2 right after a price drop. It was the first console I'd owned since I sold my Sega Genesis back in 1995. I hadn't been much of a PC gamer, either. I don't think any dedicated console has seen such a broad variety in its game library before or since. So I salute the platform that brought me back into home gaming.

The end of production for the PS2 is momentous, to be sure, and no one makes games for it anymore of course, but let's not act like this is the final resting place of the PS2. It will live forever. That kind of reliability, game catalogue, and nostalgia will keep it alive in our hearts and in our living rooms for many years to come.

You know how some people still hold on to their Atari 2600 from the 1980s? The PS2 will continue like that in a much grander scale, for millions of people will never let go of all those games and all those memories. I am going to own a Playstation 2 for the rest of my life, and I will always be able to go back to the many games I still own for it, and have a great time with them again.

I think at one E3 back in 2010 that it was joked/shown off that ps2 was the biggest selling games console world wide that year so tbh yes its dropping off but its gone the distance and i imagine it'll finish nearer 20 years of making sony pure profit before it finally dies.

And as an owner of 3 in my time it will be missed and also in the UK i'm pretty sure none are sold any where maybe somewhere in the EU still stocks them i guess? :P

Man 13 years that is impressive, what a trooper. So many memories of marathon multiplayer sessions on Timesplitters, slaying Colossi, and sneaking around in a cardboard box in the middle of the jungle. You will be missed ps2 *prays my backwards compatible ps3 stays as reliable as my old ps2 which I now regret getting rid of*

Waaghpowa:
But how will people play their PS2 games now?!

You get the pleasure of buying them all over again on psn, and then again in a few years when the Sony drops whatever backward compatibility it has for the ps4 :P

I have about five spares all ready for action. As long as I have those, a PS2 controller, a USB connector, and a powerful enough computer to run an emulator, the greatest console, the best of the best, shall live on eternal. However, now as each unit falls, we shall give it a warriors cremation, for it was so good to us.

I sold my PS2 in 2007 to afford a 360. After 6 years of joy I felt it was time to move on (also the disc laser was knackered), but it'll always be a massive part of my childhood. Especially since I missed out on PS1 that backwards compatibility opened me up to loads of missed opportunities.

GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas
Final Fantasy 7 - 12
Devil May Cry 1 + 2
Kingdom hearts 1 + 2
Metal Gear Solid 1 - 3
Gran Tourismo 3
WWF/E Smackdown Series

Those are just the series I remember off the top of my head.

- Rest easy

Ah, sweet PS2, made when backwards compatibility was not associated with phrases like "for download only" and "we're so sorry, but..."

I defeated Final Fantasy X on you, revelled in Nocturne with you, and watched as Devil May Cry danced to your tune. You weren't durable and you weren't pretty, but you were mine.

See you in the clouds.

From all these song and picture posts... Manly tears were shed... Oh how my best friend has grown old with me..

I still have the slim silver PS2, with all its games, in my basement. I will never let it go, even if it breaks. The memories I've had with that thing are countless. It united me and my childhood friends, all the way from elementary until middle school. The best console that has ever been to me. So many hours poured into each and every game, all the way from the very first PS2 game I played, which was The Italian Job, to Gran Turismo 4, to Metal Gear Solid, Ace Combat, God of War, so many games that I can't possibly count.

I truly salute you my good friend, you were a real trooper and a fighter. A hero that we will never forget. The hero that will live on in our hearts forever.

The PS2 has been the best gaming console in my house for years, with the ability to go back and play my old games, I love my PS2, I have a few spares so that I can enjoy my old games for years to come, even after they stop making and selling the PS2 here in Australia.

Thank you my dear friend, for all of your service and years of fun. I'll continue to enjoy your company.

Treblaine:

now there is no confirmation here but what i heard was that microsoft is going to push win8 the same way they did vista. ban sales for xp and they can only sell win 8. they want to control your pc and win 8 is the first one that truly allows that (altrough i could argue that UAC has to be made illegal).
moble phoe games are the largest share of gaming market by now, and trust me they are taking gamers away with how complex their gettin
beside, small touchscreen wth touch tneraction, a bit too much like wiiu....

I didn't read Nintendo Power growing up, so it's discontinuation was lost on me. But this will definitely be felt. It's like an old friend moving away forever.

Even as a devoted PC gamer I cannot deny that PS2 is the best damn console ever made. I still have it. And I still love it. I've been playing some DMC3SE and Resident Evil 4 a couple of days ago. I have over 100 games for it.

Strazdas:

Treblaine:

now there is no confirmation here but what i heard was that microsoft is going to push win8 the same way they did vista. ban sales for xp and they can only sell win 8. they want to control your pc and win 8 is the first one that truly allows that (altrough i could argue that UAC has to be made illegal).
moble phoe games are the largest share of gaming market by now, and trust me they are taking gamers away with how complex their gettin
beside, small touchscreen wth touch tneraction, a bit too much like wiiu....

Yes, windows is trying to kill XP, everyone in the industry is, because NOW Windos XP really is totally obsolete compared to Win7. There were a lot of reasons to not graduate from XP to vista, but all those reasons are gone with Win7

But Win8 is in the same situation as Vista, is is not worth the upgrade. It is pretty much NOTHING but a touch interface for Win7 which is WORTHLESS if you are using a mouse and keyboard. Most PC monitors sold today have no touchscreen interface at all and very few laptops have any touchscreen, most of them specially for Win8.

Console games are a larger share than PC of the gaming market, and really, they always have been. More people playing angry birds on iPhone doesn't mean Half Life 3 is going to be a Portable-Exclusive. Portable gaming is a small niche and the numbers are hugely inflated. The fact is people have these devices primarily for COMMUNICATION and MEDIA (internet, music, movies, shows, etc) you can't confer you have 100 million portable gamers just because you have 100 million phones with Angry Birds installed on them.

"trust me they are taking gamers away"

I would have to trust you because you don't have a shred of evidence.

Where is even a SINGLE PERSON who has sold their Xbox or gaming PC because "nah, my tiny mobile phone screen and limited touchscreen controls are far superior"? Maybe you can find a handful of nutters who didn't care about console gaming in the first place, but that trend is NOT THERE!

It's NOT A ZERO SUM CHANGE! If a gamer buys a smart-phone that can play extremely basic games, that doesn't mean he gives up on all other games on his PC or console.

Mobile phone gaming is INHERENTLY by the form factor: small and peripheral.

*Salutes* It has been an honor, PS2. I just need to get my own before they discontinue it here in the States.

Well, I've had mine for 8 years and still functioning, but you never know... I'm going to stockpile a spare PS2 and controllers at the next opportunity.

Treblaine:

Yes, windows is trying to kill XP, everyone in the industry is, because NOW Windos XP really is totally obsolete compared to Win7. There were a lot of reasons to not graduate from XP to vista, but all those reasons are gone with Win7

But Win8 is in the same situation as Vista, is is not worth the upgrade. It is pretty much NOTHING but a touch interface for Win7 which is WORTHLESS if you are using a mouse and keyboard. Most PC monitors sold today have no touchscreen interface at all and very few laptops have any touchscreen, most of them specially for Win8.

Console games are a larger share than PC of the gaming market, and really, they always have been. More people playing angry birds on iPhone doesn't mean Half Life 3 is going to be a Portable-Exclusive. Portable gaming is a small niche and the numbers are hugely inflated. The fact is people have these devices primarily for COMMUNICATION and MEDIA (internet, music, movies, shows, etc) you can't confer you have 100 million portable gamers just because you have 100 million phones with Angry Birds installed on them.

"trust me they are taking gamers away"

I would have to trust you because you don't have a shred of evidence.

Where is even a SINGLE PERSON who has sold their Xbox or gaming PC because "nah, my tiny mobile phone screen and limited touchscreen controls are far superior"? Maybe you can find a handful of nutters who didn't care about console gaming in the first place, but that trend is NOT THERE!

It's NOT A ZERO SUM CHANGE! If a gamer buys a smart-phone that can play extremely basic games, that doesn't mean he gives up on all other games on his PC or console.

Mobile phone gaming is INHERENTLY by the form factor: small and peripheral.

I disagree. There are plenty of reasons to stay in win XP when comapred to win 7. however i agree that as far as software and ahrdware support goes it is getting obsolete. it is a 11 year old product after all granted, SP3 which personally i found not very helpful but maybe ot was mroe aimed at other type of users came out in 2008 so you could argue 5 year old).

Win8 is same as vista was to XP. the problem is, they are going to do the same thing they did at the time vista came out - make sure that shops can only sell computers with win8. baning legal win 7 sales), and the result will be like last time - increase in pirated win 7 (xp back then) because legally they were only selling it from "under the counter".

Console games are larger share at the moment. there was a short period of time PC was leading but those days are long gone and really thats not anythin to brag about. and i would agree with you that HL wont be portable exclusive but some games will. the manufacturers see the market and if they see that there is a 100 million potential costumers in market A and 10 million costumers in market B and developing the game for both markets almost double the developing costs, they are very likely to just skip the market B. we saw this with games announced to go to PC but remain unported because "it wont sell enough". the msot famous example probably would be what rockstar was doing lately. the situation is quite similar to the whole "casual gamer" problem, and its not a gamer sided problem but industry sided problem. but this guy explains it much better than i could

It is true that there are not many people who woudl claim to drop their gaming because "handheld is superior". yet. i know a few people who says they wont update thier pc anymore because their smartphone "will do all the same anyway". and they are gamers. granted not the "hardcore no-life competetive" type of gamers but gamers none the less.
certainly, its not a zero sum change, but the time we have to play is a zero sum change. if you have, say, 2 hours per day for gaming. and you chose to spend those 2 hours in a iphone game, you dont have time to play on your PC, and if that trend continues, you may stop pc gaming completely since theres only so many hours in the day. the way handheld gaming market has been going, its catching up pretty quickly (think it did in 2 years what "big" gaming industry took 10) and i wouldnt be surprised if in 10 years it can play the same games.

Anyway, this turned into way bigger discussion that i thought it would and we are getting a bit offtopic :P hopefully moderators will be forgiving.

Strazdas:

certainly, its not a zero sum change, but the time we have to play is a zero sum change. if you have, say, 2 hours per day for gaming.

But people don't spend 100% of their time at home with their Gaming PC or Home console.

The niche mobile phones exist in is when people are away from their homes where a home console or PC would be impractical to follow. The TIME away from their home entertainment systems!

Angry Birds is simply better than nothing. When away from all the tech at home.

People don't sit in front of their Xbox or gaming-PC and chose their mobile gaming instead, not to any significant demographic changing extent.

And games only get into the niche of how people want phones and games can piggy back on the side of that. Pure games console like 3DS and PSV are not selling very well. Even iPod Touch (that can play all iOS games) isn't selling very well compared to smartphones.

Terramax:

Tanis:
*tear

I'm thinking of getting a new PS2, I already own the fat/slim, and keeping it boxed up just in case my older consoles ever die I'll have a back-up.

The PS2 is to the 3D gen what the SNES was to the 2D gen.
The bestest consoles of gaming of the most all time greatest.

There we go, fixed for you. No need to thank me XD

Despite not being the best console in the world, over time it has had some quality titles to its name, and if anything it showed people how good business is done in the games industry.

There, their, they're.

Let the glory of the PS2 bathe you in its warm light of massive game library.
-Unlike the DC, Xbox, or NGC.

I got myself a new ps2 for Christmas. I feel pretty good about myself for some reason.

Tanis:

Let the glory of the PS2 bathe you in its warm light of massive game library.
-Unlike the DC, Xbox, or NGC.

I'm bathing in the warm light of it's library's mediocrity as we speak :D

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