Happy Birthday, PlayStation


PlayStation

The King

Fifteen years ago, a company named Sony released a gaming console named PlayStation. They actually felt that a newcomer could take on Sega (which was the world leader in gaming consoles at that time) and Nintendo (which was riding high on the waves of success with the Nintendo Entertainment System).

They were right. Despite being the underdog, PlayStation went on to become the best gaming console of all time, and also an example for all those hard-work-can-help-you-succeed reality shows on TV.

But why do I call the PlayStation the best console ever? No. Not because of the looks or hardware, but because of the legacy it went on to inspire. It was almost single-handedly responsible for boosting the gaming market, even though Nintendo had successfully revived it after the Video Game Crash of 1983.

It paved the foundation for so many consoles such as the trendy PlayStation Portable, the best-selling and most successful console of all time – the PlayStation 2, and the mini-supercomputer, the PlayStation 3. The controls of the original PlayStation were so popular, that the entire layout has been copied onto Sony’s other consoles. With negligible modifications.

PlayStation Controller

The Original PlayStation controller. Analog sticks were included later

The PlayStation 2 Controller - the DualShock 2

See that? NO modification.

The PlayStation Portable

A slight change here, to minimise space But the overall layout remains the same. Start and Select are still there.

The PlayStation 3 Controller - the DualShock 3

No change. Again. Except for the PlayStation button.

Games

Not only controller design, but, most importantly, the games released first for the PlayStation are now major money-spinners in the gaming market.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Tony Hawk is better known through the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, than by his own, marvelous achievements. Activision brought us this superb skating simulation game which had everyone hooked on. Activision didn’t stop here. They released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 which also became critically and commercially acclaimed hits on its successor console, the PS2.

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid

This time, Konami decided to teach a thing or two about stealth to PlayStation users. Metal Gear Solid came, and introduced us to Snake. A suberp story, well-built characters and breathtaking graphics combined with an excellent sense of stealth, made it a major success with the masses and critics as well. Konami was not new to the gaming scene – it had captured hearts with Contra – but this was something even better. The legendary Hideo Kojima showed that gaming is not only for kids. It has advanced to higher ages as well, as the plot for Metal Gear Solid could rival any Hollywood blockbusters’. Further, Konami released Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for PS2 Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops for PSP and finally, the best of them all – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for PS3. All were instant hits, and continued Snake’s story which began at the PlayStation.

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

When you think about Final Fantasy VII, all you can say is… wow. Square brought us the best RPG game of all time, and Final Fantasy VII is regarded as the most influential games ever made. Rightly so. It used spectacular 3D Graphics, and brilliant character models. It also came with a gripping plot, even successfully incorporating drama into it, by showcasing the characters’ internal struggles as well as their road to defeat evil. Final Fantasy has run into as many as twelve titles, each being immensely successful.

Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo

No game has ever, or will, transcend the boundaries between professional racing and gaming like Gran Turismo did. Forza can try, so can Need For Speed. But Gran Turismo always gets it right. Even for the PlayStation, it had superb physics and marvelous simulation. The game also had many other games in the series, all of them being immensely successful. In fact, Gran Turismo was the most selling game for the PlayStation, emptying 10.95 million pockets all over the world.

Resident Evil

Resident Evil

Resident Evil

Yikes. Resident Evil. Was. At its time. The most. Scariest game. It inspired other Resident Evil games as well, but none was so successful as the original, which first released on the PlayStation. It scared the living daylights off the most of us. But people still enjoyed it, and it became a best seller in the United States.

So that is all for now folks! If you like this article, please comment and/or rate it as well!

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2 comments

  1. Tapas Trivedi · December 5, 2009

    A worthy tribute. I must say, all other gaming consoles were merely built to beat the PlayStation. . . . none were there just for the essence. And i guess you left the “God Of War” series out . . . .

    • Aditya · December 5, 2009

      The God of War series was left out (I’m really sorry for that) for a reason. It did NOT debut on the PlayStation. It established foundation on the PlayStation 2.

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