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Flashback Friday: PlayStation

by Sean P. Aune | November 15, 2013November 15, 2013 11:00 pm PST

Who would have thought 19 years ago that we would be seeing the launch of the PlayStation 4? Certainly not me.

I can remember the first time I heard about the PlayStation, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what Sony thought it knew about gaming. Mind you this was a time when Nintendo and Sega ruled the land. Just who did Sony think they were launching a console? It was laughable.

The first time I tried one was at a kiosk in a Toys R’ Us. I scoffed at it and thought the controller was a joke. I walked away shaking my head.

I really don’t know what finally prompted me to buy one, but I did and it was off to the races. I played the heck out of my original PlayStation. When PlayStation 2 rolled around, I actually imported one from Japan and had it within a week of its release since it wasn’t coming to the states for months. Yes, crazy, but it was backwards compatible and that opened me up to a world of titles to try out.

By the time the PlayStation 3 rolled around, I wasn’t as in love. I had really gotten into Xbox, and the launch price of the PS3 combined with its physical size sent shivers up my spine. I did, of course, eventually get one, but it wasn’t for a few years.

Now, here I sit with a PlayStation 4 already in my possession and happy to be back in the Sony camp pretty heavily. I think the company learned some lessons from the PS3 and are ready to fix some of its prior mistakes. And I’m very ready to be back in its arms.

But, seriously, Sony? Pfft. What do they know about gaming?! – Said by me in 1994.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...