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31 Dec 12 The End of an Era? Japan stops Playstation 2 production

Back in 2000, countless moms, dads, and teenagers stood in line for hours to be among the first to take home a brand new Playstation 2. Almost immediately, the gaming system sold out across the world, opening up plenty of opportunities for scammers to swindle desperate parents in fake eBay deals.  Months later, once supply caught up with demand, millions of homes sported a brand new, state-of-the-art gaming system. The PS2 not only featured amazing graphics unlike any seen before, it also doubled as a DVD player. Back then, DVD players were also relatively new, so this was a big deal for those looking to save a little money by combining two systems into one. Kind of like how now the PS3 also doubles as a Blu-Ray player.

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and nearly 13 years after appearing as the hottest new gaming system on the block, Japan has decided to stop producing the PS2. While the system won’t be built any longer in the country that originally released it, it isn’t yet evident as to what Sony Computer Entertainment America plans to do. The PS2 will likely still be sold in other countries who are slightly behind the times when it comes to electronic devices.

While it’s sad news for PS2 fans- if their old system breaks, they’re left with no viable option for purchasing a new system- it’s perhaps been a long time coming. GameStop, the video game retail giant, recently took PS2 systems off their shelf to make room for new systems in many markets. PS2 games, however, are still extremely popular and will likely continue to be developed.

The good news for fans of the system is that the PS2 seems to have a longer lifespan than just about any other gaming system. On a personal note, I purchased my system back in 2002 and played it hard for many years. In 2006, after the birth of my son, it got cast aside and left to gather dust. In 2010, it was put into storage in a cold, damp garage. When our DVD player (which was only 6 months old, by the way) died unexpectedly, I dug out the system for storage, thinking there was no way it would still work. Yet, even after the beating it had taken over the years, once plugged in it ran just fine.

So even if you can’t find a new PS2 system anywhere next year, purchasing a used system made within the last few years should give you plenty of time to play all your favorite games and find a new favorite system before the PS2 becomes completely obsolete.

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