Friday, April 1, 2011
Concerning a Station where you Play games.
Yes. The PlayStation. With a Super NES pad. You probably already know the famous story of how the PlayStation came to be, in which case you know it was originally supposed to be a Super NES with CD capabilities.
I'm using that Nintendo connection as a segue to my future series of posts concerning... tada! The Sony PlayStation, aka PSX, aka PS1, aka PS one.
Yeah, yeah. I know I'm supposed to be this big Nintendo fan who only blogs Nintendo stuff and I promised to blog about Gamecube stuff and... I haven't. Not yet anyway. But thing is, I was cleaning out my house the other day and I found my old PS one, looking all cute and white... and neglected.
The problem with my PS one was I had bought it after my previous original body PlayStation had died and very soon after the PS one died as well. Fed up with Sony's apparent lack of quality control I gave up on the PlayStation forever and moved on to (supposedly) more reliable world of PCs for my gaming needs.
But that was a decade ago, and absence makes the heart grow fonder, as the old adage goes. When I rediscovered my PS one, I decided to open it up and see if I could do anything to bring it back to life. It's main problem was that it just wouldn't power on, and before it died permanently, I would have to press the Power button on and off a couple of times before it would actually power up.
Taking advice from multiple console hacking forums like benheck.com, it was possible that one or more fuses had blew out, as it was a common problem with the PS ones. So I bought a multimeter and prodded all the fuses I could find on my PS one's mainboard... and all of them were working. Deciding that this was no longer a job for an amateur like me, I sent it in to a qualified technician to get it repaired.
And now I have a working PS one again! Hurray! This made me google up some old games I might have missed back in the day. I didn't think I'd find much because well, I'm a video games nerd -- I spend all my time on the internet reading about video games and haunting retrogaming forums. There's not much that escapes me, video game-wise. But because the PlayStation library was so vast and it was an area of interest I had long neglected, there were actually a lot of games I had missed out on.
Most notable are the Japanese games that never got an official translation but eventually managed to be translated by fans, like Persona 2 - Innocent Sin. Or games that did get a Western release but were translated poorly but were reinserted with a better translation from the PSP rereleases of the games, such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Final Fantasy Tactics.
Anyway, because of the revival of my PS one, I will probably write more about PlayStation games, seeing as I have more of those games than I do for my Nintendo systems (they're easier to find for me). I'll still write about Nintendo games, of course but I'm just saying I'm hot and bothered for my PS one right now.