So long, PS2. Thank you for my favorite gaming memory ever.

Posted by skrutop (3615 posts) -

In the summer months before it was released, I prepaid for my PS2 so that I could have it for launch day, Thursday October 26, 2000. That August, I got my first job as an IT consultant. On launch day, I was working in San Antonio and my regular Thursday flight back to Chicago got delayed. It was 7:30 PM and pouring down rain at O'Hare, but I was determined to make it to EB Games before they closed at 9. I told the cabbie that I would pay double if he could make it back to my house by 8:15 so that I'd have time to snatch up the console. His cab left the stand like a bullet out of a gun, and though it was the most terrifying cab ride of my life, that cabbie was determined to make an extra $40. At the house at 8:10, I threw money at him, grabbed the keys to my Jeep and tore out onto the street. Sure enough, I made it to the mall at 8:45 and ran to the EB. The female cashier, dressed as Ling Xiaoyu, walked in the back and came out with a big white plastic bag of happy, telling me that it was the last system that they had in the store. I don't really remember the ride home, but I do remember hooking up the PS2 and playing Tekken Tag Tournament for hours and hours until the sun came up and I had to get ready for work.

#1 Posted by skrutop (3615 posts) -

In the summer months before it was released, I prepaid for my PS2 so that I could have it for launch day, Thursday October 26, 2000. That August, I got my first job as an IT consultant. On launch day, I was working in San Antonio and my regular Thursday flight back to Chicago got delayed. It was 7:30 PM and pouring down rain at O'Hare, but I was determined to make it to EB Games before they closed at 9. I told the cabbie that I would pay double if he could make it back to my house by 8:15 so that I'd have time to snatch up the console. His cab left the stand like a bullet out of a gun, and though it was the most terrifying cab ride of my life, that cabbie was determined to make an extra $40. At the house at 8:10, I threw money at him, grabbed the keys to my Jeep and tore out onto the street. Sure enough, I made it to the mall at 8:45 and ran to the EB. The female cashier, dressed as Ling Xiaoyu, walked in the back and came out with a big white plastic bag of happy, telling me that it was the last system that they had in the store. I don't really remember the ride home, but I do remember hooking up the PS2 and playing Tekken Tag Tournament for hours and hours until the sun came up and I had to get ready for work.

#2 Posted by rentfn (1278 posts) -

Getting a console at launch is the best!! Great story!!!

#3 Posted by 9cupsoftea (652 posts) -
#4 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7056 posts) -

After 140 hours of total play time and countless attempts, finally beating the Final Aeon in FFX. He had killed every one of my Aeons except my weakest, Shiva. I used her Overdrive and for the first and only time, her move crit for 42,000 damage and finished him off. It remains one of my happiest moments with games.

#5 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Vice City and Persona 4

nevar forget

#6 Posted by MrCHUP0N (245 posts) -

The things a traveling gig with ACN will make you do for your games. I loathed the idea of lugging my 360 in my carry-on... But I did it anyway for AC:Brotherhood.

#7 Posted by skrutop (3615 posts) -

@MrCHUP0N: I used to lug my PS2 to San Francisco every week. Kind of stupid, in retrospect, but I had games to play dammit!

#8 Posted by supermonkey122 (813 posts) -

PS2>every other console.

#9 Posted by believer258 (11682 posts) -

@supermonkey122 said:

PS2>every other console.

No, no, SNES, then PS2.

#10 Posted by supermonkey122 (813 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@supermonkey122 said:

PS2>every other console.

No, no, SNES, then PS2.

I like PS2 better, sorry.

#11 Posted by believer258 (11682 posts) -

@supermonkey122 said:

@believer258 said:

@supermonkey122 said:

PS2>every other console.

No, no, SNES, then PS2.

I like PS2 better, sorry.

Well then you are wrong!

I'm kidding! The PS2 is a great system, I just don't think there's anything on it as great as some of the things on the SNES. Chrono Trigger, Mario World, Final Fantasy III VI, Super Metroid, etc.
#12 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2414 posts) -

@9cupsoftea said:

I love hearing this.

#13 Posted by MrCHUP0N (245 posts) -
@skrutop Man, I was pumped when the slim PS2 and the Wii were launched. So easy to transport. Now that my Lenovo 15" 5 lb laptop is relatively easy to cart around, I just carry two laptops.
#14 Posted by MrCHUP0N (245 posts) -
@skrutop I should clarify: the Lenovo is a gaming powerhouse or I wouldn't bother.
#15 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3112 posts) -

PS2 was a hell of a system.

#16 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5339 posts) -

Best console by volume and quality, though perhaps not by average quality (still there's more good games for it by nature of having the most games made for it)

#17 Posted by Snail (8584 posts) -

Nice story!

#18 Posted by skrutop (3615 posts) -

@MrCHUP0N: Fortunately, I wasn't travelling anymore by the time that the PS2 Slim came out. My launch PS2 never failed on me, though it did have trouble playing the original blue DVDs towards the end.

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