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This new PlayStation ad is nostalgia overload

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I remember getting my first PlayStation, all the way back in the 1995 holidays – I got the thing with Tekken, Wipeout and Ridge Racer, and played all three of them until my eyes bled. This UK-specific video detailing the history of PlayStation since 1995 pretty much captures those magical moments – and beyond – quite spectacularly.

It ends, of course, with the PlayStation 4 and its pretty damned amazing boot sound. I’ve been contemplating axing my PS4 pre-order recently..and now, I’m not sure I can. There are new memories to forge.

So then…tell us. What are your PlayStation memories?

Last Updated: October 21, 2013

129 Comments

  1. Otto_ki

    October 21, 2013 at 13:34

    Got goosebumps when that starting logo sound played. WOW the memories are awesome from PS1.

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    • ALKi1234

      October 21, 2013 at 13:45

      Same here my friend!!

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    • silverscorpio

      October 21, 2013 at 14:05

      I have that sound for when I receive a bbm.

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      • Otto_ki

        October 21, 2013 at 14:10

        You just gave me the best idea for today! Have an upvote sir!

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2013 at 14:05

      Same!

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    • Hesperus Phosphorus

      October 21, 2013 at 15:07

      Very awesome memories. Makes me somewhat rue the fact that I skipped out the PS3.

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  2. CrasH

    October 21, 2013 at 13:37

    Wipeout….. dawm what a good game.
    7 friends, one room and chips and pizza and time attacks till it was sunday night an you wonder if there was even a Saturday between it all.

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  3. John's digital rights

    October 21, 2013 at 13:38

    Sonyception
    Ah, the good old days
    Split screen gaming can never get old, Syphon Filter, GT…

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  4. Skoobaz

    October 21, 2013 at 13:39

    Buddies rock up at my pad after we go out for drinks. Time for a session of Gran Tourismo 2. 100 cars in garage, all tuned to tracks. Audi TT Limited edition is unbeatable in my hands. What do I do? Put disc in to load and in my hammered state hit save game OVER my exisiting game instead of Load game. 100’s hrs of GT gone. Poof. I cried like a baby! Hehe.

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    • John's digital rights

      October 21, 2013 at 13:39

      Oh the memories…

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    • CaptainNemo42

      October 21, 2013 at 14:36

      Dronk verdriet?

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    • Mark Treloar

      October 21, 2013 at 15:44

      and thats why you don’t drive drunk

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  5. TiMsTeR1033

    October 21, 2013 at 13:41

    Never forgot 1 mate, got ps2 and GT 3 didn’t have memory card. He had console on for 4 days straight! He was not prepared to start over!

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  6. Pieter Kruger

    October 21, 2013 at 13:49

    This is 100% accurate! Sony PS has never moved out of the child’s bedroom!! ROFL! This is classic!! Xbox Rules from the living room!!

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    • ALKi1234

      October 21, 2013 at 13:51

      Let me refresh your memory.

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      • Pieter Kruger

        October 21, 2013 at 13:55

        Sweetie pie, go to your room…….

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 21, 2013 at 14:05

          Yes I will experience a broken PS4 long before you stand in line for a Xbone

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          • Pieter Kruger

            October 21, 2013 at 14:08

            Are you saying the PS4’s will get bricked before the Xbone launches locally? Then….I MUST AGREE SIR!

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2013 at 14:09

            Yup in say four years time.

        • CaptainNemo42

          October 21, 2013 at 14:39

          Yes. That is the Green light for when your PS3 is powered on and doesn’t have a disc in it because you are playing free downloaded games from PSN+

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        • ALKi1234

          October 21, 2013 at 15:45

          I would never wish RROD upon anyone,not even my worst enemy because iv’e been there and it’s not a nice feeling trust me. Guess that’s what you get when a software company brainwash you into buying hardware from them. Lesson learned. I clever

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    • Spathi

      October 21, 2013 at 14:01

      Once again Pieter tries exceptionally hard to make anyone give a fuck about the XB1.

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      • Pieter Kruger

        October 21, 2013 at 14:05

        True that, but also undeniably true is the fact that most PS gamers are younger “bedroom” gamers. The Xbone fans are usually the decision makers or buyers in the home and thus the Xbone is sitting in the living room, connected to the big ass LCD from where it reigns supreme!!!

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        • Spathi

          October 21, 2013 at 14:08

          The exact opposite is true according to me. Xbox gamers are part of the COD generation. All flash no substance. A bunch of ill mannered children going for what they perceive as cool. 😛

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          • Pieter Kruger

            October 21, 2013 at 14:12

            Nooooo, “cool” is for the hipsters and conformists! The majority that pretend to like Indies and PS4 cause they think they’re being “different” and “unique”, but actually they fell so hard for the biggest and arguably most expensive marketing campaign ever seen on console! Hehe!

          • Spathi

            October 21, 2013 at 14:15

            In all seriousness, you know that is the reason why many people bought the Xbox in the first place? To be different.

          • FoxOneZA

            October 21, 2013 at 14:21

            That’s nonsense. People buy stuff where they see value for money.

          • Spathi

            October 21, 2013 at 14:25

            That BS. Anyone who “sees” value in the XB1 is blind, dumb and deaf.

          • Spathi

            October 21, 2013 at 14:25

            That BS. Anyone who “sees” value in the XB1 is blind, dumb and deaf.

          • FoxOneZA

            October 21, 2013 at 14:31

            No. That is your opinion. Stop behaving like the typical Sony fanboi of 2006.

          • Spathi

            October 21, 2013 at 14:40

            Okay, proper answer this time. You’re wrong. I personally had a friend who bought the Xbox (the first one) because it was not available in SA. He wanted to be different and special. People want something new and shiny. Something else. It’s no fun to be the 3rd of your friends that has a PS3.

            Also, Apple customers are proof that your allegation is totally incorrect.

            Lastly, please Fox – You are the original resident Xbox fanboy, so stop pointing fingers 🙂

          • FoxOneZA

            October 21, 2013 at 14:50

            And I’m sure all your friends do the same right? Everyone wants to be different so they bought a Wii.

            Xbox fanboi or not, I’m not objectifying any console. The PS1 and PS2 were inferior to PC gaming at there time and they were expensive. A PC seemed a better decision at the time. I eventually got a PS3 to accompany my Xbox 360 and my latest console is the Wii U. Each one was purchased when a good deal came by.

          • Spathi

            October 21, 2013 at 14:54

            No, some of my friends do have brains. But that just brings me back to my original argument, so we’ll be here the whole day going round in circles.

          • FoxOneZA

            October 21, 2013 at 14:21

            That’s nonsense. People buy stuff where they see value for money.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:20

            Since Sony has dominated South Africa and Europe since the PSone days, the only “hipsters” would have been xbox 360 adopters or those 3 guys who had the original Xbone.

            I always wondered about those 3 guys… were they investment bankers? Did they know that the original xbone was a game’s console? Did they care? Or was it like the old iMac… something pretty to stand in the upmarket loft.

        • Umar heartless

          October 21, 2013 at 14:09

          I fail to understand your statement…. Decision makers or buyers…do they buy decisions? what do they buy, I don’t understand?Do they buy Miley Cyrus CDs??Please Tell me….WHAT DO THEY BUY??????

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        • Mark Treloar

          October 21, 2013 at 15:51

          is that why they felt the need to steal the 1 from Playstation?

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        • JJNutter

          October 21, 2013 at 20:16

          Big ass LCD? PS players are more LED inclined 🙂

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 21, 2013 at 14:13

      lol, you’re getting good at trolling. Kudos ol’ chap! 😛

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      • Pieter Kruger

        October 21, 2013 at 14:14

        Ta, must get these hipsters out of their comfort zones somehow!

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        • Spathi

          October 21, 2013 at 14:16

          Oi, watch your mouth. I don’t mind the trolling or baiting, but please don’t call me a hipster!!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 21, 2013 at 14:23

          What came first? the Chicken or the egg?

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 21, 2013 at 14:23

          What came first? the Chicken or the egg?

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    • Mark Treloar

      October 21, 2013 at 15:48

      Yes, the Xbone will be such a fantastic edition what with the need to do full installs of all products just like the PC.

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  7. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 21, 2013 at 13:49

    Wow, those hair styles O_O

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  8. Umar heartless

    October 21, 2013 at 13:52

    PS1 = OG

    That MGS alert sound sent shivers down my spine

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 21, 2013 at 14:02

      Dude! MGS on PSOne… Ohhh snap!!! That was so awesome!

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      • Umar heartless

        October 21, 2013 at 14:02

        Insanely awesome! was waaaaaaaay ahead of it’s time. SO many feels.

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        • Aussious

          October 21, 2013 at 16:01

          Why can’t I read your mind!?

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      • JHN

        October 21, 2013 at 14:14

        psycomantis still the best boss battle ever created.

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        • Umar heartless

          October 21, 2013 at 14:14

          Lol swap dem controllers!!

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      • FoxOneZA

        October 21, 2013 at 14:51

        Dude, I finally picked up MGS 4 this weekend 😀

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  9. oVg

    October 21, 2013 at 13:54

    Good advert. They can sense that we are all getting rather jaded. So to reignite that spark they hit the nostalgia nerve.

    Also, for once, the advert is real and has none of that crazy shit advertising from the past 20 years. It looks like they finally see gamers as normal people.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 21, 2013 at 14:30

      Normal average folk, who don’t understand esoteric pseudo-intellectual “arty-farty” cinematic garbage with floating balloons, strange lighting and slow-motion.

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      • oVg

        October 21, 2013 at 14:39

        Yip, not everybody can afford drugs.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 21, 2013 at 14:39

          They used DRUGS! 0_0

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 21, 2013 at 14:42

          My theory is that the guys who handled the first wave of PS3’s marketing were definitely on narcotics. And not the usual kind, but some pretty weird high-end stuff. Or maybe they smoked banana leaves? Who knows?

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:42

            I smoked Banana leaves many a time!

  10. NecroRince

    October 21, 2013 at 13:54

    that opening! Shivers man, SHIVERS! And Final Fantasy baby!

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2013 at 14:07

      PS1 still has the best one.

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      • Otto_ki

        October 21, 2013 at 14:12

        That is so true, screw graphics when you have awesome game-play and a brilliant story line.

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  11. NecroRince

    October 21, 2013 at 13:57

    4#win!

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  12. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 21, 2013 at 14:01

    I was pretty late to the PSone party. I only got mine in 1997. I think I must have saved up months worth of allowance to buy it.

    I remember taking the train to the foreshore, walking to Incredible Corruption (I was a kid, I didn’t know that they were dodgy), and buying it cash. I was so nervous and excited. I must have had this huge smile on my face as I carried the box all the way to the train station. That train ride was the longest ride ever.

    When I got home, I plugged it in, and played with the dinosaur head demo for what could have been hours. The next day, my brother surprised me with Final Fantasy 7. Good times!

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    • Umar heartless

      October 21, 2013 at 14:04

      LOL that Raptor demo was shweeeet!!I remember having that demo with Abe’s Odyssey and Life Force Tenka as well as the intro for Soul Blade which by far has the best intro music EVAR

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 21, 2013 at 14:32

      My first game was Jurassic Park! When I say that little green dinosaur was blown away! till Played Crash Banidcoot 2 that is!!! Soooo many memories!

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      • Rikus

        October 23, 2013 at 09:55

        Mine too! I bought the Jurassic Park and NBA Live game bundle with my PS1

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 23, 2013 at 10:07

          Good Memories!

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  13. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 21, 2013 at 14:05

    Take notes advertising guys, this is how you do it! The power of Kaz and Yosp! 😀

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2013 at 14:07

      FTW! They know how to sell a product.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 21, 2013 at 14:10

        I’m so pumped, can’t wait for December 13th…. 😀

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        • Lourens Jordaan

          October 21, 2013 at 14:32

          I’ve planned three weeks leave starting on Friday the 13th…. I’m not superstitious but it freaks me out a bit. Hope we all don’t get burned. Nobody likes burnt banana.

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:33

            Dude… don’t jinx it man. 😀

          • Lourens Jordaan

            October 21, 2013 at 14:48

            Sorry, won’t mention it again, stupid of me. Now the real question is whether to get BF4 on release for PS3 and getting it replaced on PS4 release or do I wait for the TRUE experience?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:54

            I think it’s best to wait, the demo on both the xbox 360 and PS3 were pretty lacklustre (I checked out both with the intention of doing a write-up, but then I got distracted by GTA Online). In any case, if you wait for the PS4 version, we’ll only be waiting two weeks.

            I think this one I’m keen to first see what the consensus is before buying. But the PS4 version is definitely what I’m keen for.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:34

            I like banana bread though!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:35

            I could do with some banana bread right about now. :/ I guess I’m off to Spar to look for some banana bread.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:37

            Why buy when you can make!! Made some yesterday! Blend it extra smooth, makes for much better hardly crumble free eating!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:38

            Dude, you’re like a weird James Bond villain. You make your own BANANA BREAD? Hectic!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:39

            I make Banana split too!! Cooking is sweet!!

  14. MacDoodle

    October 21, 2013 at 14:05

    This really hits home for me 🙂 was living in London at that time, and I used to jam on my housemates ps1; Abes Oddysee & Exodus, MGS, Wipeout, GT2, eish serious nostalgia overload!

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  15. Hammersteyn

    October 21, 2013 at 14:08

    My body is ready. My cash is sorta ready. Gonna be an awesome December.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 21, 2013 at 14:11

      I was grim last week when I discovered my preorder was cancelled at BT Games, but fortunately I got one via Takealot. Got the Killzone bundle! Now all I have to do is wait 😀

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 21, 2013 at 14:14

        I have just the console peordered. Placed it before the bundles was announced 😛

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 21, 2013 at 14:36

          So are we rocking Killzone together Mr Steyn? By the way, I can’t seem to join you on GTA Online, and every invite I send you fails…

          🙁

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2013 at 15:56

            I know right? What Adsl line do you have? Maybe I should stop the downloads on my PC to….

      • Rikus

        October 23, 2013 at 09:52

        Wait…what? Why did BT cancel your preorder?

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  16. Victor "Vicky" Moolman

    October 21, 2013 at 14:18

    Man I haven’t had so many goosebumps since I first played on my PS1

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 21, 2013 at 14:22

      LIES VICKY! YOU WEREN’T EVEN BORN THEN! 😛

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 21, 2013 at 14:22

        EXACTLY!

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        • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

          October 21, 2013 at 14:22

          Uhh, how old do you people think I am?

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        • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

          October 21, 2013 at 14:22

          Uhh, how old do you people think I am?

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          • Spathi

            October 21, 2013 at 14:24

            7 or 8? Going by the level of conversation..

          • Spathi

            October 21, 2013 at 14:24

            7 or 8? Going by the level of conversation..

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:25

            You can’t be older than Geoff, he’s 56 (which is 21 in Asian years), nor can you be older than Darryn (who must be a ripe 25 or 26)… Zoe is female so it’s impolite to speculate on her age. Gavin is ageless, because he’s actually a cyberborg from the distant future.

            Thus.. using my super-advanced intellect and deductive skills – YOUR AGE IS 4.5

            Wait that can’t be right.

          • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

            October 21, 2013 at 14:26

            Bender from futurama is exactly two days older than me

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:27

            he is 16! When In doubt just use 16!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:34

            or 42.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:36

            If that is the case, I will be worried!

          • That Happy Twit

            October 22, 2013 at 14:15

            You win the interwebs with that comment.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:25

            You can’t be older than Geoff, he’s 56 (which is 21 in Asian years), nor can you be older than Darryn (who must be a ripe 25 or 26)… Zoe is female so it’s impolite to speculate on her age. Gavin is ageless, because he’s actually a cyberborg from the distant future.

            Thus.. using my super-advanced intellect and deductive skills – YOUR AGE IS 4.5

            Wait that can’t be right.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:28

            you’re 16!

          • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

            October 21, 2013 at 14:29

            *You’re, no I am over 20.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:35

            Dude I fixed that ages ago! You’re too slow!!! what 21?

          • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

            October 21, 2013 at 14:38

            My internet has decided to troll me today. Yeah, soon to be anyway.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:38

            when is your bday?

          • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

            October 21, 2013 at 14:39

            December, I don’t even know how safe it is to reveal this on the interwebs…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:42

            Are you Scorpio or Sagittarius?

          • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

            October 21, 2013 at 14:42

            Sagittarius

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:44

            Eish! just when I thought maybe I would help you out as a fellow Scorpio… Tisk tisk… Just kidding man… *whispers, just between you and me, they think i’m crazy little do they know I have an IQ of around 150…. Don’t tell anybody!”

          • Victor "Vicky" Moolman

            October 21, 2013 at 14:46

            A fellow Genius! I don’t get to meet a lot of people with high IQ’s…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 21, 2013 at 14:47

            Sad thing is, means nothing if you cant apply it… 🙁

          • Skoobaz

            October 21, 2013 at 16:04

            Scorpio FTW! When’s your Bday?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 21, 2013 at 14:48

            Mmmm… as a Piscean, I don’t know how I feel about Sagittarians. I need to consult with Aquaman.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 21, 2013 at 14:22

        EXACTLY!

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 21, 2013 at 14:22

      LIES VICKY! YOU WEREN’T EVEN BORN THEN! 😛

      Reply

  17. hendrik

    October 21, 2013 at 14:35

    PSOne sound = Jizz in my pants!

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  18. Brenz

    October 21, 2013 at 15:26

    So many PS1 memories….
    One of the earliest, before my brother and I could afford one, we used to rent from Videorite every weekend, obviously no memory card with it!
    Play Resident Evil all weekend, if we died, just start over and try harder, every time we picked up an ink ribbon imagining the feeling of being able to use it!
    Absolutely shitting bricks during the Tyrant fight, “we almost there, dont die!!!”
    Of course there were times we died there, and after a little rage and a hour to cool down, restart with 100% enthusiasm to do it this time.
    One of the many memories……

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  19. Alex [SS] PsyChoPanthis

    October 21, 2013 at 15:31

    thats like a gamer feel good movie…

    Reply

  20. Grant Hancock

    October 21, 2013 at 15:50

    First game I played on PS was Grand Turismo (1) … we didn’t even own it, was a rental form video store for an sleepover at friends house… needless to say we didn’t sleep much… we thought we’d try and clock it before it had to go back… we couldn’t even get all the licences ! lol

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  21. Aussious

    October 21, 2013 at 15:53

    Very British…

    Reply

  22. Skoobaz

    October 21, 2013 at 15:57

    Anyone of you ever play Vagrant Story on PS1?

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 21, 2013 at 19:48

      Oh YES! I still own a copy of Vagrant Story! Such an awesome game!

      Reply

  23. Blaccravin

    October 21, 2013 at 20:46

    Ridge racer when I heard the ps one start up

    Reply

  24. Ko_Deez

    October 22, 2013 at 00:48

    Great ad. I remember staying up all night playing FFVII on PS1.

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    • Crazy

      October 22, 2013 at 01:45

      I didn’t even finish FF7 on PS1!! But I did beat FF5 and FF6 on PS1 though because those two were the best RPGS made for PS1!! Not to mention Rockman DASH 2 (aka Megaman Legends 2) was such a classic game!! Too bad we’ll never get to see Rockman DASH 3!! You should play FF6 because it’s fun (because FF13 sucks)!! I used to have it for PS1 but my disc broke FUCK!!

      Reply

  25. Flasier

    October 22, 2013 at 09:12

    also got goosebumps! awesome ad!

    Reply

  26. Maxiviper117

    October 22, 2013 at 15:03

    Aahh the memories, playing Crash Bandicoot to death, and torturing my controller as result of playing it. That game defined the term Difficulty.

    Reply

  27. Gerhard Davids

    October 22, 2013 at 17:55

    I love that he stuffed the drive closed with his finger. no one pushed the eject button to close the cd drive.

    Reply

  28. flushtwice

    October 25, 2013 at 08:16

    I still got 2 of those in the my gaming cupboard somewhere… You forgot to mention GT2 and MGS…

    Reply

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