I have been around for many a game system. I can remember game systems such as Kelikovision, and Atari. I would play for hours and sometimes days on end with these game systems. Then when the NES came out I would play games such as Mario Paint for days on end as well. I would even play hand held game systems when there wasn’t a television available to play the console games on. Then came the Playstation 2 and Xbox, and game cube amongst others.
With the earlier gaming systems such as Atari or Kelekovision the graphics were very poor. You can’t blame the game makers for that though. It was the best they had at the time. They controllers while east to use. Were very primitive as well. Again you can’t blame game makers for this. As I stated earlier it was the best they had at the time. Game systems such as Mario paint had better graphics. Not as good as the games such as Playstation 2 or Xbox, but the best they could have at the time. The controllers stayed the same for the most part with these gaming systems. Then came Playstation 1, and gaming systems such as Sega Genesis. These gaming systems had better graphics than the NES, and better graphics. They added a C button to the traditional ab controller. Which gave the user an extra challenge to the games that they played. This is when gaming systems began to gain popularity. Shortly after the Playstation 1 came the Playstation 2, and gaming systems such as Game Cube, and Xbox. What the Playststion 2 did was add a right, and left joy stick to their controllers. Which made it easier for their users to control character movement, and camera angles on the games. They graphics became a lot better as well. The graphics made it feel like you were in the game, but still gave you the sense that you were still playing a video game. Then came systems such as the Wii, Playstation 3, and others. These game systems made their graphics “better” than the Playstation 2, and Xbox. While in that process they made the graphics look too real. The user doesn’t realize they are playing a game at some points in these game systems. They also introduced the motion activated controller which was supposed to make it easier for users to play the game. In my opinion this just made the game systems seem like exercise to users, and made video games less fun, and seem more like work.
Onto the games. With systems such as Kelikovision or Atari the games tended to be more traditional games such as Pacman, Tetris, Pin ball etc. These games were already familiar to most users. So it made it relatively easy and fun for them to play the games. They had other games as well like sports games. They tended to keep it the arcade style games though. Once game systems like NES and Sega Genesis came out. Companies began to branch out in their games. Nintendo introduced Mario to users with games such as Mario paint. Sega also began to introduce their answer to Mario in Sonic the hedgehog. Both of these characters became very popular at the time, and still remain popular to this day. In the game systems such as Playstation 1, and Xbox bit companies still had the same games they had for their older systems. They just added a wider verity of games to them. Such as fishing, hunting, and sports gaming. They also had some games based off of movies and TV shows. These games became very popular with users. Once the Playstation 2 and gaming systems in that era came along. Most gaming companies started to branch out into the Japanese games. They still had the games for the previous systems. They just took some games from Japan or other countries and dubbed them to make them American. This appealed to a lot of gamers. Game systems such as the Playstation 2 also added a feature to the system that would let users play DVDs as well as games on their game system. In this process game system makers made it more than just a game system for users. It made it a complete entertainment system. Instead of having to separate devices you could do it all from one device. Game systems such as the Wii introduced internet access to the world of gaming. You can play video games and go online. Which has a very good appeal to users in this day and time. You can check and send emails. Browse the internet, and play video games all in one system.
My all-time favorite game system is the Playstation 2. In my personal opinion it is the best gaming system of all time. It had great graphics. The controllers were very easy to use. The games had a plot, and were challenging yet easy at the same time. Yes you did have to wait for a while for the games to load, and had to buy a memory card so you could save the data on your games that you would be. But that is a small price to pay for the ultimate in gaming.
There are some people that may say some of the newer gaming systems (such as the Wii, Playstation 3, and others) do have better graphics and controlling. As for the graphics, they are too real for me. I mean you do still want to remember that you are playing a video game, and it is not real life. As for the controllers. I find that with systems such as the Wii the controls that you have to move around with make gaming seem like a lot of work and energy. I tend to play video games to relax myself. With motion controllers it takes the relaxation out of playing video games.
I know this article will not put an end to the best gaming system of all time debate. People will debate the best gaming systems for as long as gaming systems as long as gaming systems exist. I just hope this can explain why I think the Playstation2 is the best of all time.