PlayStation (1995-2015): The revolution will now be revitalized! PlayStation (1995-2015): The revolution will now be revitalized!
Unless you have been living under a rock, in the sewers, or you're one of those individuals who was born during the 90's (goddamn... PlayStation (1995-2015): The revolution will now be revitalized!

“He who dies with the most Toys, wins!”

Unless you have been living under a rock, in the sewers, or you’re one of those individuals who was born during the 90’s (goddamn Millennials!), you may have not been aware of the infamous date – September 9, 1995.

Said date, like many tremendous events in pop culture history, was the day that Sony launched its first Gaming console within the United States, known to most gaming enthusiast as the PlayStation!

Now, prior to discussing the venerable console’s arrival, let’s take a look back at how this system and brand name came to be.

Sony Genesis

What began originally as a joint project between Nintendo and Sony to create a CD-ROM for the Super Famicom circa 1988 was trashed when Nintendo had a sudden change of heart by denying the existence of the Sony deal. As late as March 1991, Sony revealed a Super Famicom with a built-in CD-ROM drive that incorporated the technology that is CD-i, codenamed “Play Station” (also known as SNES-CD) at the Consumer Electronics Show around June 1991.

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But a day after the announcement at CES, Nintendo announced that it would be breaking its partnership with Sony, opting to go with Philips instead, however using the same technology. The deal was broken by Nintendo after they were unable to come to an agreement on how revenue would be split between the two companies, as in Nintendo wanting most of the profits and revenues from the proposed console.

Ah, Nintendo..what could have been..

This controller looks awfully familiar…

 

As a result of ill-fated partnership, Sony- president Norio Ohga was pissed and responded via appointing Kutaragi with the task of developing the PlayStation project to rival that of Nintendo.

Behold!

Behold!

 

I guess the “N” in Nintendo, also stands for Nincompoops, Numbskulls and Nimrods. Who would’ve thunk that those stubborn pricks were the catalyst for Sony’s huge success?

3D or not 3D? That is the answer!

Many within the company (older generation executives) were skeptical about the ongoing PlayStation project to begin with. Also, there was uncertainty over whether the console should primarily focus on 2D sprite graphics or 3D polygon graphics. It was only after witnessing the success of SEGA’s Virtua Fighter in Japanese arcades that “the direction of the PlayStation became instantly clear” and 3D polygon graphics became the console’s primary focus.

It seems that AMD’s Yu Suzuki had also played a significant role in regards to Sony Playstation’s business model.

The Price was Right!

Now fast forward to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) as Sony held its first PlayStation keynote speech as a means to promote their upcoming product that would soon shake the gaming world to its knees.

After SEGA had announced the botched surprise release of the expensive yet under-powered Saturn, at a whopping $399.00 MSRP, the marketing strategists at Sony decided to undercut them via a $100.00 markdown.

After an impressive roster of games that, for the most part, came from Japan, it was all downhill for Sega and uphill for Sony as they had emerged the victor thanks to an impressive library and the more impressive (at the time when gourd shading and texture mapping were a big deal) capabilities of the PlayStation.

RED-e or U R not, here it comes!

“Remember, remember the Ninth of September!”

After waiting four months post- E3 announcement, I was one of the many who waited in line to be an early adopter of Sony’s console that was heavily marketed with ads like eNoS Lives” (The first letter ‘E’ was printed in red to emphasize the word, ready. Enos stood for Ready, Ninth of September) and my personal favorite “U R Not e” (You Are Not Ready).

Well, after standing in line for 3 hours at “Electronics Boutique”, I was more than ready! During the wait, some reporter for a news network had interviewed a few people and I was one of the “lucky” contestants. I remember telling the journalist how the PSX will change how we view video games and that it will surpass the competitors.

Well, I guess u called it.

The system sales were a phenomenal success to say in the least. From then on, Sony’s lil’ Grey Box became a brand name. Many companies were quick to sign on for development of PSX games and I’m talking about the hard-hitters like Namco, Taito, Midway, and eventually Konami and Capcom!

Here were the games I got during and after the Playstation launch (I had to sell off my other consoles and games just to get this shit!):

  1. Twisted Metal
  2. Warhawk
  3. Battle Arena Toshinden
  4. Tekken
  5. Wipeout

These were the games that I remembered playing the most during the first two quarters post launch. I didn’t care for that Rabbit game. Too silly for my tastes. The nimble controller took some getting used to but it’s quite adaptable for 3D-gaming.

Parting shots!

Sony was perhaps the first company to secure exclusives from third party developers, like the now defunct Midway Games who they brokered a deal to release the critically praised Mortal Kombat 3 over a year before it would arrive for the SEGA Saturn.

Although shrewd, it was an efficient strategy that paid off, not to mention how many developers bailed out of making games for the Saturn as it was too complicated to program games for due to its chipset.

Although the Saturn is more capable of handling 2D Games than the PSX, many had found it more convenient when developing games and with exclusives such as the aforementioned Mortal Kombat 3, this led more consumers to purchase the PSX while opting out of getting a Saturn. PSX became the console of choice!

Well played Sony, well played.

All that is Grey….

Despite the phenomenal sales of the console during the 1st quarter of launch, the PSX had its share of problems, most notably its optical disc drive failure rate had resulted in a huge rate of consumers returning the consoles for a replacement. While others were desperate to turn the console upside down in order to play the game discs…

"Here's the culprit"!!

“Here’s the culprit!!”

 

Game changer!

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1996 proved to be another banner year for PlayStation thanks to two incredible new franchises that were tailor made for this system:

Tomb Raider – An Indiana Jones inspired adventure game that incorporates platforming, shooting, and exploration. What’s also interesting is that the protagonist, Lara Croft, helped to push the boundaries of female action leads in gaming.

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Then there is my favorite, Resident Evil!

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“Can I add some Salami to that Jill Sandwich?”

 

Another videogame inspired by another film within cinematic history – Night of the Living Dead.

In Resident Evil, you play as either protagonist Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, who investigate gruesome murders that eventually lead to unraveling a bloody trail of conspiracies! RE was without a doubt, my favorite PSX game at the time and rightfully so, thanks in part to the claustrophobic atmosphere, scary ass sound effects and a chilling soundtrack.

This was the game Romero and Fulci wished that they could have made (Well, Romero at least. Lucio Fulci had passed months prior to the game’s launch).

Games like these helped solidify Sony’s hold when it came to dominating the market share of consoles and software.

Also of note, Konami’s Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the critically acclaimed reboot that is Metal Gear Solid! The latter title was not just some game, but an incredible experience that proved video games can be just as entertaining as a major motion picture.

Snake is "sneak" spelled sideways". -Flint

Snake is “sneak” spelled sideways”.
-Flint

 

20 Years later

Happy 20th Anniversary!!

Happy 20th Anniversary!!

 

Eventually Sony went on to develop a few successors to the PSX starting with the PlayStation 2, which now included an optical DVD drive enabling it to play other physical media such as movies (this innovative technology was the catalyst for declining sales of the Dreamcast and soon after SEGA abandoned the hardware business).

Sony didn’t stop there either, the introduction of the PlayStation 3 had ushered their latest proprietary physical media format (Blu-ray) that can hold 10x more data than a standard DVD and in higher definition as well.

Said format is now used in players as well as competing consoles like the Xbox One. PlayStation 4 is now a huge system seller that continues to gain momentum over its rivals and from the looks of it, the brand is here to stay for a very long time!

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Do you have any fond memories, experiences, or favorite games from the PlayStation line?

If so, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

Stalks out!

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Stalkeye

Stalkeye= anagram of Stalker and Snake Eyes. Satirist, Gamer, Artist and Pop Culture commentator- Stalks offers his outspoken views on on most things Geek related as well as WTF is wrong with the world today!

  • My favourite PSX games (and my two favourite games of all time period) are Sega CD remakes…

  • Love this! My experiences are pretty similar to yours, although I bought it two years later in 1997. Tekken 2, Tomb Raider and Resident Evil were the big ones. The graphics of MGS still hold up if you ask me.

  • I kinda missed the first PS bandwagon, but caught on with PS2 – which is still the last console I’ve bought.

  • Stalkeye

    I like the remastered version of MGS (Gamecube) version better, but still, that doesnt take anything away from its groundbreaking Playstation debut.
    Same goes for Resident Evil which really put the console on the map for me!

  • Stalkeye

    Sadly, I never got into the RPG genre. The closest would be Snatcher (Sega CD) or the Mass Effect stuff which is more action oriented but you get what I’m sayin. (0=

  • 80’s brat

    Whoa this is a legit article!

  • Bop

    I didn’t know that background story between Sony and Nintendo. Cool. I remember that Nintendo and Sega tried to outdo each other and was always under the impression that Sony just came out of nowhere.

  • 80’s brat

    Every article at SN should have a spoken word option where the author reads the piece this way if you’re on the run you can still get the info. Might be cool.

  • Bop

    When I got the motherfucker I had it chipped right away.
    My first 5 games were MGS, Einhander, GTA, Champion Wrestler and Thrillkill.

  • Greebo

    Took me until PS3… like a fool, I stuck with Nintendo.

  • KilliK

    NES saved the gaming industry and community, PSX put the gaming in our salons and turned it into a lifestyle, 3DFX elevated the PC gaming until it became the PC Gaming Master Race.

  • KilliK

    ditto. MGS1, TR1 and RE1 were my first games.

  • Stalkeye

    Loved Einhander! (As seen in my tribute video.) not only did it have a pumping soundtrack, but it was an innovative 2D.5 Hardcore shooter. MGS was an instant classic but unfortunately, I missed out on Thrillkill. I heard it was illegal within the US.

  • Stalkeye

    Interesting suggestion. Orrrr, we can provide a little commentary for Movie reviews.

  • KilliK

    BTW, this guy claims that he owns one of the rare Nintendo Playstation prototypes. But many debunk it as a hoax:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/3bwyj0/it_took_forever_but_i_finally_got_some_pics_of_my/

  • Stalkeye

    I knew about this awhile ago and its so funny how Nintendo got so uppity only to wipe Eggs of their Faces. Many consider the birth of Playstation, Nintendo’s biggest Fuckup evah!!! And it is.

  • Stalkeye

    I stuck with Nintendo until PSX came out and I hated the N64 because of it’s storage media. Cartridges with limited options for audio and FMV/CGI?

    Fuck that Shit!

    However, I got the GameCube just for the remastered RE games and the Wii/U Consoles afterwards.

  • Stalkeye

    It certainly looks legit to me. And it’s gotta be worth a Shitload of Dollars!!!

  • Loved my N64. It may not have had a great a library, but when it came to multiplayer gaming it pounded the shit out of the rest of the consoles. So many hours wasted playing 4 player Mario Kart, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, StarFox, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, the THQ wrestling games, etc.

  • I see Crash bandicoot up there. Did you like that one?

  • Stalkeye

    Nah, I was more a Sonic and Mega Man guy than those other game company “Mascots”. Sonic really started the trend of Animal protagonists in videogames. here’s hoping that Sega can come out with better games since the last one received shitty reviews.

  • Stalkeye

    I think Goldeneye was N64’s biggest seller and Conker, perfect dark along with Starfox have been remastered for more advanced consoles.
    I would’ve purchased the Rare replay had they included GE but they didn’t so Screw those wankers! And unfortunately, N64 Emulators are useless!

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Lovely stuff. I have all four consoles still at home. Both RE and Tomb Raider blew my mind when I first played them. Me and my mate Stu scared ourselves silly playing RE to the wee small hours. I still only really play RE and TR games now, or ones like them like Uncharted and Dead Space and The Last of Us.

  • Scopedog

    I never personally owned a PS1, but I borrowed a friend’s own in order to play Metal Gear Solid…and boy, was that worth it. I ended up playing a few PS1 games on my PS2 (like Omega Boost and both Parasite Eve games. While I was more on the side of Sega (with the Saturn and Dreamcast), I won’t deny that the Playstation was a major milestone in video games and showed that Sony could handle the console market as well as Sega or Nintendo–and even surpassing them.

    (Funny enough, I put up several old PS1 games for sale on Ebay, and all of them were bought by a fellow in Russia!)

  • Scopedog

    Einhander was incredible–I wonder why it never got a sequel….

    MGS, though was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had playing a game. Fantastic story and graphics and gameplay that still kick ass nearly twenty years later!

  • Scopedog

    Don’t feel too bad–I didn’t have a PS1, and bought my PS2 years after I had bought my XBox. I only got a PS3 last year!

  • Scopedog

    Hey Stalkeye, quick question–did you ever play the Parasite Eve games or Omega Boost?

  • Scopedog

    Panzer Dragoon Saga, Grandia II, Skies of Arcadia, the Fable series and of course, the ME games are the extent of my RPG experience….

    …But I guess you can toss in Skyrim and Dragon’s Dogma, I guess.

  • Phantomcreeps

    Very impressive post.

    Kudos!

  • The 2nd Parasite Eve was pretty good.

  • CoolHandJuke

    Original tomb raider still rules. Swan diving atop St. Francis’ folly never gets old…

  • Always wanted to play Skies of Arcadia but haven’t tracked down a copy yet.

  • Scopedog

    I still have my copy (and my Dreamcast, for that matter). For me, it was a pretty good RPG, especially the ship to ship battles.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Well, their thinking was that cartridges would cut down on piracy. Nintendo were big control freaks back in the day. Might still be, for all I know. Remember the SNES Mortal Kombat with the gray “blood”? LOL.

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Stalks, have you played the HD remaster of RE1 that came out this year? Fucking glorious game, my man. Get to it if you have not!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I owned an N64 and I’ll defend that console, despite its limitations. Not a great library in terms of range, but the best games for the console were better than most available for its competitors. Shigeru Miyamoto and Rare could do no wrong back in the day.

  • franks_television

    Didn’t know about the connection between Nintendo and Sony.

  • franks_television

    Those polygon graphics look terrible now, whereas the SNES 2D 16-bit graphics still look great.

  • Bop

    In my opinion there hasn’t been a better shooter than Einhander. Loved the music. It pumps you up.

    I bloody loved the first GTA. It was so simple in graphics but had such an awesome playability.

    Thrillkill has never been officially received. It got banned before it could be finished, so there was only a beta version in the illegal circuit.

    There were so many great titles on the PSX.

  • Bop

    The way I see it Nintendo never recovered from it. After the SNES I was never interested in their consoles, except for the WII, but the WII was more a curiosity.

  • Bop

    I will drop some more titles when I get hold of my PSX CDs book.

  • Stalkeye

    And that served as the catalyst for Sega Genesis gaining much higher momentum.
    Oh, Nintendo what would your competitors do without you. (;’

  • Stalkeye

    Oops! I forgot about Panzer Dragoon Saga. Sadly, I never got to finish the game.

  • Stalkeye

    Loved Omega Boost. Not only was it a fun shooter, but it got me into liking Static-X.
    Kinda like the game “Loaded” got me into Pop will eat itself. I used that same song from the game-R.S.V.P. for my featured video above.

  • Stalkeye

    Have you played Phantom Pain? Damn, it’s one of Kojima-san’s most ambitious projects!
    I have yet to finish it but I’m looking forward to playing more of Hideo’s Swan Song…amd possibly Konami as well, the dumb Fucks!

  • Stalkeye

    Well, I also was a fan of Thunder Force. A challenging shooter with amazing Rock/Metal/Synth soundtracks. I get pumped from the music as well.

  • Stalkeye

    The Wii is very Homebrew friendly and that’s why I’m holding on to mine.

  • Stalkeye

    I grabbed it the minute it was released for my XB1! There is a big bump in the graphics and I cant wait for the RE2 Redux coming soon!

    RE0 Remaster is slated for release early next Year.

  • Stalkeye

    Have you played the Tomb Raider reboot Col? it has way more depth than the previous games from the franchise. I cant wait for the sequel!
    PSX had the most memorable RE games. The first three games scared the Shit out of me! Dead Space is the closest of mirroring that fright experience that came from the RE Series. last of us is another one. Those Damn Clickers!!!
    Good ending but it’s definitely not resolved!

  • Bop

    I still have to integrate the Nunchucks into my studio.

  • Stalkeye

    I still have my DC as well. I liked the odd games for it like Cannon Spike, Zombie Revenge and this Classic…

  • Stalkeye

    Well, it’s kinda debatable. Iv’e played quite a few SNES Graphics that were aesthetically unappealing to say in the least.

  • Bop

    Got my book. Here we go.

    ISS Pro 98. Still the best football game ever made.

  • Bop

    Ridge Racer Type 4. Still my favorite racing game.

  • Bop

    Um Jammer Lammy. Sequel to Parappa The Rapper, but so cool to play.

  • Bop

    Fire Pro Wrestling G. One of the best wrestling games ever.

  • Bop

    NHL 2000. It says a lot about a game when my friends who were hardcore soccer fans couldn’t get enough of this game.

  • Bop

    Silent Hill. Loved the atmosphere in the game.

  • Bop

    Ehrgeiz. Just for the intro alone.

  • Bop

    Sled Storm. Cool sled racer.

  • Bop

    Earthworm Jim. What a lovely game.

  • Bop

    Oddworld 2 Abe’s Exodus. A game made of love. One of the coolest games I ever had the pleasure of playing.

  • Bop

    Driver. Nuff said. I bloody hate the last level, though.

  • Bop

    Topal No 1. Cool fighter.

  • Bop

    Street Fighter Ex Plus Alpha. My favorite Street Fighter game. Skullomania fucking rules.

  • Bop

    Tekken 3. Nuff said.

  • Bop

    Spyro got me a few dates.

  • Bop

    Striker 1945. Good shooter.

  • Bop

    Vib Ribbon.

  • Bop

    I loved playing Pepsi Man, although the playability was lousy.

  • Bop

    And who can forget Guitar Freaks?

  • Bop

    Beat Mania. I regret giving away the controller and the game.

  • CoolHandJuke

    coming up on my yearly playthrough of Symphony of the Night. i catch myself at work quoting it sometimes which makes everyone else stay further away: win/win…

  • CoolHandJuke

    the original Smackdown was total tits. the best wrestling match i ever experienced was Mankind vs Big Show in that. i won by a pinfall in the kitchen area…

  • Scopedog

    Yeah, that last level was teeth-gnashingly hard. But you can’t beat “Whoa! I take it you never voted for me!”

  • Scopedog

    Nott yet, Stalkeye–but trust me, it is at the top of my “must get” list! But I’m getting an appetizer by playing GROUND ZEROES. Most likely I’ll grab PP for my PS3.

    Don’t even get me started on what’s going on with Konami….:)

  • Scopedog

    Hah! I freakin’ loved this game! I do have it for MAME on my PC…

    I also liked Cannon Spike , but I also liked Illbleed and Industrial Spy –two of the most unusual games for the DC, but proof of Sega’s attempt to try something different.

  • Stalkeye

  • Stalkeye

    Bryan Fury and Yoshimitsu, dammit!

  • Stalkeye

    Sadly, he wasn’t included in the American version of Fighting Vipers.

  • Bop

    Hwoarang.

  • Stalkeye

    Oh how i hated that schmuck! My Friend always chose him when going head-to-head against me and as a result, I got kicked one too many times!!!
    Tae Kwon Do is effective both in videogames and in real life!

  • Bop

    Ha, ha. My friends hated Hwoarang too.

  • That game was the spiritual forerunner to GTA.

  • Stalkeye

    I can see why. LOL

  • Tarmac492.1

    Fabulous article about stuff I know little about, so I learned something. Thanks!! Now, if you could write a how to on landing twenty something beautiful women I would be obliged.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Good movie, too.

  • franks_television

    Not like the early polygon stuff though.

  • 80’s brat

    PS1 was probably the last time gaming was relevant creatively. Everything since then has been fairly ordinary if you ask me. I have seen the big new titles come and go. Your World of Warcraft, Arkham Asylum, Assasin’s Creed, and that one RPG that looks incredibly boring and has dragons, are all decent I guess but there isn’t much innovation and the gameplay has never been improved upon. I actually went back and played FFV and FFVI on my PS2 (backwards compatible) and found the gameplay basically riveting compared to anything I’ve seen lately. Yeah I gotta say FFV is more interesing than World of Warcraft, although I did level 80 one character it was almost like an act of masochism. Boring.

  • Stalkeye
  • Tarmac492.1

    Obvi. I will just stick with that. probably cheaper in the long run!!!!

  • Stalkeye

    Well, you have to take this into consideration; The PS2 Polygon, texture mapping,etc was in it’s infancy and have yet to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    However, there were nice “tricks” that the developers pulled just to get the most of what they have learned from this new technology at the time. Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 1-3 and MGS among a few other titles were very impressive and can still be appreciated tot his very day because plenty of gamers are still downloading old PS1 titles from the Playstation store . And not to mention that these games can be played on the PSVita handheld.

    At the end of the day, Frankie, it’s all about the fun experienced via gameplay be it 3d Polygons or 2D sprites.

    In the meantime, I’ll be playing some Twisted Metal and Loaded while commuting. (0=

  • Yeah it’s a bit of an unfortunate phase. It was the first step towards naturalism, but they did not have the technology yet to make it appealing. But looking at the screenshots up there I have to say that not all of them aged badly. MGS and Tomb Raider still look fine.

  • CreepyThinMan

    Great article Stalkeye. Resident Evil 2 was the one for me. I kept reading about how amazing the first RE game was while RE2 was getting rave reviews. I first played RE2 in 1999 and it truly was the first game I ever played that felt like a cinematic experience. It’s one of the reasons why the SPACED episode “Art” has a special place in my heart because that was my life at the time, playing RE2 and Tomb Raider!!!FACT!!!
    https://youtu.be/1vUfBOdSmBU

  • CreepyThinMan

    Oh and here’s a good little doc on the PlayStation!!!FACT!!!
    https://youtu.be/ryi1QBA6XyI

  • Stalkeye

    That Clip is “Amazeballs” Creepy!! XD

    Seriously, what is this series Spaced you often speak of?

    RE1 gave the PS1 more credibility but RE2 and MGS really made many gamers take notice. Sony’s Console was a Fucking Beast!
    And this is coming from a guy who was a Sega Saturn supporter!

  • My favourite part of the series. Had the best storyline too.

  • Bop

    I just realized I never cared for the storyline.

  • It’s trashy…but entertaining.

  • Stalkeye

    But that was one of the fun parts about Tekken. I especially liked those FMV endings for each character.

  • Scopedog

    Update: Got my hands on PP (thanks to my local library)…good God, what a great game. If this is Kojima’s swan song, it’s one hell of a great one.

    Oh, and speaking of MGS:

    https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-09-21/metal-gear-solid-tops-best-psone-game-poll/.93123

  • Stalkeye

    Hah! I got the tweet of MGS being voted best PSO game and rightfully so. I would’ve chose Resident Evil as a close second at least.