Just the other day, Sony announced that it has stopped production of the PS2. It sold over 150 million units in its lifetime, making it arguably the most successful console of all time. This is old news by now, but I got a little emotional about it. To me, the PS2 is the best gadget I ever bought. It gave me more happiness than any other gizmo I own, borrowed or stole. I spent hundreds of hours playing on it. I was a late bloomer to console gaming (before my PS2 we had a Sega Genesis), and it introduced me to Final Fantasy, Tekken, Gran Turismo. And then there were the classics like Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, God of War, and Twisted Metal. I could go on forever.
Now I'm getting senti. When I bought it during its launch in 2000, I had my friend buy it from the US. I only had enough money for the console, so I didn't tell my friend to buy games, thinking that I could buy games later. PS2 games didn't hit the Philippines until a couple of months later, so I spent an agonizing few weeks just staring at my PS2. Hahaha! At least it made a swell DVD player. Once the games came out, I spent the next few years practically glued to the controller.
Ah, those were the days. I dug up my PS2 Fat (pictured above) and it is still alive and in perfect working order. They sure don't make gaming consoles like they used to.