The legendary console of Sony Finished its way definitively and definitely - and it's time to remember its heyday somewhere in the early millennium
18 years ago, a company Sony Released to the world one of the most successful consoles of all time, the PlayStation 2. A console so successful that it took Sony 18 years to announce the cessation of technical support for their product, and it happened last week. So now that Sony has finally and completely said goodbye to its creation, it's time to mention PlayStation 2, and discover ten things you may not have known about it. So without further ado, let's get started.
The best-selling console
Yes yes, you heard right. We are 18 years later, and still the PlayStation 2 is at the top of the list of all-time best-selling consoles, with over 155 million units sold in its lifetime. And note that it tops the list even though portable consoles for example, cost much less, and were very very popular until a few years ago - and indeed the Nintendo DS is right behind the Sony as number 2, with 154 million units.
The largest console game library
Not only is the PlayStation 2 the best-selling console, it's also the console with the largest game library ever, with no less than 3,800 games! Even a period of life will not be enough for you to end it all.
People bought the console because of the support for DVD playback
Okay okay, but to be completely honest, one of the reasons so many people bought it, is not necessarily that all buyers were Gamers. In an ingenious marketing move, Sony decided to add support for movie playback to the console DVD. And by the time the console came out, it was a much cheaper solution for a home player than most theaters.DVD Of that period!
In fact, amusingly, Nintendo, which for its part has seen the PlayStation 2 overtake its GameCube in sales, has decided that it too wants to embed a player DVD On the console, and collaborated with Panasonic to create the Panasonic Q, a hybrid that was half a GameCube console, and half a player DVD. It is better to note that this was a commercial failure, and Nintendo announced the discontinuation of the device only two years after the start of its production.
The last console game came out in 2013
This sounds completely delusional, because in 2013, the PlayStation 3 was already 8 years old, and the PlayStation 4 had just been launched. So the thought of continuing to put out games for a console two generations back, is just hilarious. But yes, the last game to come out for the console is Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 created by Konami, and released in November 2013. It is worth mentioning the FIFA 14, which came out just two months before that, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and you guessed it for PlayStation 2 as well.
The consulate was responsible for territorial wars in Africa
We've already talked about how popular the PlayStation 2 was, but to meet the huge demand for production, Sony Needed increasing quantities of a mineral called Coltan, which can only be obtained in Africa, especially in the Republic of Congo. The demand for a receptor has led to military groups taking over areas that contain the resource, and along the way murdering or throwing out of their homes people who lived on those areas. And to add insult to injury, POWs and even free children were enslaved in the mines they set up. In addition to harming humans, the proliferation of mines also harmed nature, leading to massacres of gorillas and the destruction of areas of nature reserves. Depressing something.
Lack of memory cards
Today in the age of consoles with the built-in hard disk it is a bit strange to think that you need a special accessory to keep your progress in the game, but once you needed a card memory Special to allow this. You had to buy the memory card separately from the console, and Sony shared licenses with third-party manufacturers to create those cards. Only at some point Sony Decided not to continue the license, which resulted in the port not meeting demand, and people who purchased the console could not actually save!
The buildings in the opening were guarded
And speaking of security, did you know that the opening of the console, which is made up of white buildings, is not random graphics? The buildings actually represent your guarding, with the number of buildings being the number of games on the memory card, and their height determined by your progress in the game! Cool, no?
The PlayStation 2 could have been turned into a computer
At one time Sony sold a number of official accessories that allowed you to turn your PlayStation 2 into a computer running the Linux operating system! The accessories included Operating System Is based Linux, Keyboard and mouse, screen and network cables and the 40GB hard disk. The main purpose of the kit was to create an environment for software development enthusiasts, but also their ability to use it as a standard computer.
A guy changed his name to PlayStation 2
There is no shortage of lunatics in the world, and one of those lunatics is a British guy named Dan Holmes, or rather Playstation 2 Holmes. After spending no less than £ 7000 on games, and after getting tired of people teasing him about his addiction, he decided to kind of actually change his name to PlayStation 2! Interestingly, if he marries a girl named Xbox, what will they call their children?
Saddam Hussein bought 4,000 Consoles PlayStation 2
Well honestly it did not really happen, but somewhere in the 2000s US media networks published Pike News about the fact that Hussein allegedly bought a huge amount of Consoles PlayStation 2, for their processing power, to create Super Computer For military uses. While the PlayStation 2 really was a technologically advanced device at the time, but no, no Iraqi dictator has actually purchased its quantities. Indeed, these rumors led to a temporary boycott of the console's import from Japan, which was removed very quickly, because it probably turned out to be just a rumor.
Did you also have a PlayStation 2 console at home? What was your favorite game? Do you still play it occasionally? Share in the comments!
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