Advantages Fantastically addictive
Disadvantages Fantastically addictive
In the beginning there was Pong. It didn't smell (boom-boom) but it was highly addictive, if a little boring after a while. Then there was Atari, and then Nintendo and Sega, and it was good. Then it wasn't so good, and wasn't really going anywhere, and needed a good kick up the jacksie. So God's computer-games specialist angels assigned Sony, the world's biggest electronics company and inventors of the walkman, to, in 1994, make the PlayStation. It revamped the gaming world, turned the gaming industry into bigger bucks than the film industry, and made thumb-tapping at home cool again. And it was good. And they were pleased. ('They' being Sony's filthy rich board of executives.)So there's my potted history of gaming, à la The Bible. Now onto the serious stuff. I'll begin very basic, as I realise there are people out there who are so unfamiliar with computer games they're frightened it might bite their hand off.
The PlayStation is a 'games console'. You stick a wire in your TV, stick a game in the console, and voila!, you can play games. Still with us? Good. So why should you buy a PlayStation, instead of the other similar consoles on the market, like a Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Gameboy Advance, Mega Drive, PS2 or X-Box? What made the PlayStation so good when it was first sold seven years ago?Well, Sony, PlayStation's makers, were new to the gaming industry. They hadn't made a single computer game previously. Inexperience was an initial concern, and could provide the PlayStation's downfall. As a result, they breathed new life into computer gaming. You see, the two former gaming front-runners, Nintendo and Sega, had consoles slightly out of date. They were using painfully slow game cartridges for their consoles and the games were poor and needed updates. Basically, they were doing the same style of games as they had done a decade previously. Instead of the standard 2D platformer games, like Mario or Sonic, or the text-only role-playing games, like the early Final Fantasies, the PlayStation introduced stylish, slick and far more modern games like WipeOut, a futuristic 'pod' racer, and Tekken, an intelligent 'beat 'em up' in - wait for it - 3D, not the standard 2D.
Seven years and nearly 80 million sales later (the biggest selling home console ever), PlayStation is still as popular as ever, although it's bigger brother, the PlayStation2 is beginning to take over. Immediately, a big plus for the console is the fact that the games are CDs, which not only means that you can listen to an audio CD, but the games can store far more data than a game cartridge. And for a console that in technology terms is ancient, it's held it's own well, with superb graphics continuing to appear on most of the games. Gran Turismo 2 probably proves this best, with stunning visuals and an excellent likeness to real-life cars.Games developers soon realised the PlayStation's potential and made games by the bucketload, with only a few as low quality, sheep-fodder standard. With over a thousand titles now available (much much more than any other console), there really is something for everyone.
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