23 YEARS ON…
WRITTEN BY JASON SEWALD
On December 3rd 1994, Ken Kutaragi and Sony Entertainment brought out a machine which not only revolutionised the gaming industry; but the world. Of course, I am talking about the PlayStation 1. The PlayStation is one of the main staples for us 90s kids, along with the Nintendo 64 and Hey Arnold. Kutaragi’s creation has come a long way from its 32 bit polygon graphics. But, today, at 14HQ, we remember the best things the console had to offer.
- Tomb Raider
Lara Croft. If there is any human being on this earth who doesn’t know the name, they either must’ve died before 1996 or have gone blind and deaf. The character is gaming royalty who’s spawned countless games and two films which stars the one and only Angelina Jolie. A real gaming icon which will be remembered for the ages to come.
‘Spyro or Crash?’ used to be one of the great playground arguments with its similar vibe and similar cast of loveable characters. However, what was so great about Spyro, is that it wasn’t scared to come up against the titan himself who is Crash and he held his own.
- Crash Bandicoot
PlayStation’s mascot was an instant hit when it came out with its endearing cast, introducing characters such as Neo Cortex and of course, the hero Crash Bandicoot, along with the colourful aesthetic. Proof of its enduring legacy is the recent Crash trilogy which came out on the PS4.
- Metal Gear Solid
Innovative. One of the many words that come up when describing this classic and my personal favourite franchise of all time. Hideo Kojima’s game pushed the system to its limits by giving us a riveting story riddled with the most creative gameplay we have seen to this day and because of that it lands on this list.
I know that you can hear the sound; the heavy base, the long but reassuring rumble coming out the TV and the little bell at the very end letting you know you’re about to start your game. If you didn’t have the TV on mute the whole house would hear it. But, most importantly, what that sound represents is a simpler time. A time where we didn’t have to worry, a time where Trump isn’t tweeting about anything, a time where we were just kids and that is the very definition of nostalgia.
23 years old and we still talk about the console as if it came out yesterday. These were just some of the memories that the PlayStation has given us. In my humble opinion, those were my and if I may so; OUR fondest of them.