Hook, line and sinker: The Sony experience

I think we can all agree that Sony’s PlayStation has brought a lot of diverse people together under one roof in order to enjoy every aspect of gaming together. Whether it was your friends coming over to check out the new JetMoto game on the PlayStation or you were logging online for the very first time with Socom via your PlayStation 2, Sony has helped bring an industry together and push it towards the next level of entertainment. It comes as a shock to know that there was a time where the PlayStation would have never touched base had it not been for Nintendo’s decision to jump ship (older gamers will understand) and I thank them for that.

I started thinking the other day about what brought us all to this point. How has Sony’s gaming console altered your life in terms of the way you pass the time and ultimately the reasoning we’re all here reading this very feature today. My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to find out the answer to that very question by asking some of my fellow readers and forum members how they got hooked on the Sony PlayStation brand. These are their stories:

“I got hooked when I first played Final Fantasy 7 for the original PlayStation. Firstly, the main character Cloud swung a sword that weighed as much as Barrett on a good day drinking at Tifa’s Seventh Heaven Bar. I fell in love with this character as well as the whole gang.

This was actually the first RPG I’ve ever played. The graphics were, at least for me, way ahead of their time. Not only that but the melodies of traveling the world gave me shivers during the major boss fights. The story was top notch and made me really interested in the love triangle between Tifa, Aeris and Cloud. I’ve never felt a deeper connection with a cast of characters like I did with this title. After finishing the game several times, I was permanently an enthusiast of gaming, primarily on Sony’s PlayStations. “ – Uncool


“I was 6 years old when the original PlayStation released and about 9 when my mom was finally able to buy it. My first game was Crash Bandicoot, which I had actually bought before I got the PlayStation. However, the one that really hooked me was the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. I remember playing Free Skate in the Warehouse for hours. It had replay value too, but mostly because I had no memory card.

Growing up, almost everyone I knew had either the PlayStation or PS2, so I spent the majority of my time on one or the other. When I finally had enough money for a new console, the PS2 was the obvious choice, just like the PS3 was this generation.” – InfernoReaper


“I believe it started when I first got my PS1. I opened it up, got it set up and began to play the only game I had, the one that came with it. I didn’t have enough money to purchase another game with it but the game I had was interesting. It wasn’t the greatest game, can’t really remember what the name of it was but it was multiplayer and you walked around and fought people sort of like Double Dragon.

Anyways, my sister and I would team up and play that game for hours. I was still young and it was just so much fun. I was sold straight out of the box. ” – Fenwick

Just like the last feature where I asked you guys to take part, I’ll do the same and let you guys know how I became addicted to the sleekness of the PlayStation console. Though I had played the original PlayStation from the launch to 1999 and enjoyed a vast array of titles, none sunk into me like Grand Theft Auto London, 1969. Even though I was only 13 years old at the time, I understood and appreciated the innovation as well as the freedom that the franchise was offering to me, as a gamer. From running over the very first pedestrian to watching that comical pool of red splatter around them, the game was completely enjoyable and solidified my stance as a PlayStation supporter for life.


So now that some of you have an idea on how a few of us were dragged into the light, I’d like to know how the rest of our readers became supporters of the platform that has brought us all together and will continue to do so in the future. Much like in the other feature, feel free to contribute in the comment section below.