With the expected announcement Sony's making tonight of the PS4, a hashtag started going around Twitter called "PlayStationMemories", which people have been used to share their fondest times with Sony's consoles.
Lemme tell you about mine.
I never owned a Sony console until around 2006, but I did experience the PS1 for the first time back in 1999. I was at Francisco place when he showed me some of the games he had there. I played Croc 2, Ape Escape, and Chocobo Racing.
Here's a fun fact! Chocobo Racing is technically the first Final Fantasy game I ever played in my life. The second one was Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. The third one was Crystal Chronicles. But I digress.
Those three games, along with Mega Man X4, where my first taste of Play Statiion games. I, admittedly, was a little Nintendo fanboy, so finding compelling games in other consoles was interesting for me. Yes, I'm calling Croc 2 and Chocobo Racing compelling, shut up.
Anyways, I played some other games on friend's houses every now and then. Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, and Mega Man Legends come to mind. But it wasn't until 2006 that I owned my first Sony console, a Play Station 2. From there I got a bunch of, yarr, BOOTLEG copies of God Hand, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and Metal Gear Solid 3 and, by God, I was completely compelled by all these games. So many new and interesting experiences I didn't get to experience on a Nintendo console! (Well, except for Okami. That's a great Zelda game.)
I kept enjoying great games there until 2010, when I first got a Play Station 3, along with a copy of Brutal Legend, Borderlands, Uncharted. But what most surprised me was in February of 2010 when I bought Braid; my first digital download game ever. When I finished it, I realized the potential of shorter, richer experiences in a video game that can truly pull an emotional response from me.
And that's when I started seeing the AAA Industry as maybe not the best thing ever. That a new market was opening up. One with more career opportunities and more interesting games. From there on, I've been enjoying great games on my Play Station console, and I'm overall happy I purchased a PS3 in the end. It has helped me shape the way I analyze, think, and develop my critical thinking and Game Art ideas. Here's to a new generation of Sony consoles, and may it bode well for the company.
Later today, I'll post my bad memories with Sony consoles.