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2012: Catching up with an old friend

by AndyLonn   //   9:44 AM on 12.05.2012

2012 had been a quite year for me gaming wise, Don't get me wrong, I don't think I've ever spent this much time in front of my TV and computer screen, but that's more related to the fact that I had so many games from last year to catch up on, and the fact that the year got off to a bad start for me as I had lost my license to drive in a speed trap the previous November.

2011 had some great games, Deus Ex, Witcher 2, Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, the list goes on. 2012 though? Not so much, not for me at least, Mass Effect 3 was great, but didn't deliver all that was promised. Max Payne 3 felt a bit soulless, especially when you think of the great games that Remedy made before Rockstar took over the development.

It wasn't until Sleeping Dogs, XCom: Enemy Unknown and Dishonored came along I really felt that there was a chance for 2012 games, And hey there was Walking Dead and a few other notable titles, but other than that, I haven't been playing much of the games from 2012

But what I've been doing is catching up with an old friend.

Some background:

Back when I were an up and coming gamer, I first had a Sega Genesis, then I settled for my PC for awhile, but for my birthday one year my sisters got me a Sony PlayStation, It was bought used from my sister's boyfriend, and he had a wide catalog of games, Everything ranging from Soul Calibur to the original Resident Evil. I was instantly charmed with the console, the first console I had that didn't use a cartridge.

The start-up sound is as fresh in my memory as it was the day I first turned the console on.

Furthermore getting the PSX formed me as a gamer for the coming years, I eventually moved on to the PS2, which was also my first DVD player, Having enjoyed the Sony franchises like God of War, Metal Gear Solid, and Crash Bandicoot, It should have been a given that I'd turn to the PS3 when it came out.

Pretty early on we heard rumors of the PS3, I remember gathering around the school computer and drool over the latest rumors IGN had to serve up. But we kept getting dates for the console's supposed release, but it never came when the dates were due. Eventually the console market saw a new console, Two actually, first Nintendo Wii (which I remember under the name Nintendo Revolution) and the Xbox 360.

I'd never really played the original Xbox other than store demos of Halo, so I was a skeptic. Remembering the god awful controller the Xbox had didn't make me want it any more either. When the PS3 hit the market, it was expensive as hell. So for a time I didn't have a console, and returned to PC gaming full time.

A local Gamestop opened up and I could pick up some used PS2 games for a while, I couldn't afford the 100 dollar price tag that comes with newly released AAA games over here since I was a poor as hell student.

It seemed like I was missing out on all of the good games that were arriving with the new console generation. I played GTA IV and Uncharted at friends houses but it wasn't the same, I didn't get to sink my teeth into it. And even though I swore early on that I wouldn't ever jump ships from the Sony brand, when the console retailer offered a bargain on the Xbox 360, and I got to experience first hand how awesome Gears of War 2 were online:

I switched brand

And after doing so, I've had few regrets. I got to play the Gears of War series, Mass Effect series, even games that weren't console exclusive like Fallout 3, Darksiders, Assassins Creed. and much, much more (seriously, you should see my games library)

If there were a Sony exclusive I wanted, I had 3 of my closest friends who owned PS3s so that I could play them, If I wanted to watch Blu-ray movies I could do that elsewhere.

So for a while, I was content,

Now a days I consider myself as a collector of games, (you should look up my blogpost about my Sega Genesis and how I started collecting those games) so even though I did own an Xbox (and me and my girlfriend also bought a Wii for Twilight Princess) I'd always wanted to get my hands on my very own PS3. But it was hard to justify it to myself, I had a console of the current generation, Two actually (though the Wii is more stuck in a place between generations), What more could I possibly want. And even worse I was still an apprentice electrician making barely enough money to get by from month to month. So it was postponed

Until April this year.

April was a milestone for me this year for several reasons, I got my license to drive back, I finished my apprenticeship, and me and my girlfriend decided to buy an apartment and settle down, have kids.

I came over a wall post on my Facebook, a guy who were in the same group as me, wanted to sell his old PS3, as he was buying a new one, I leapt at the chance to own one myself, I don't really know why, but I did. Something called at me and said "You need to own one". and I guess now in retrospect, I did.

So when I haven't been playing a game I missed from 2011 or one of the few games that caught my eye in 2012, I've been playing on the PS3, And I've played God of War Collection, Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted games, I even gave Flower and Journey a try, and loved them.

So my favorite gaming moment of the year 2012 has been:
Catching up with an old friend, Sony, on their latest home console, the PS3









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