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The Sony PlayStation: A 2×12-Year Retrospective

Well, it's September 9th, 2019, which means its time for another 12/12 console anniversary. Yes, today makes 24 years since Sony's very first PlayStation console was first released in North America. Though Sega and Nintendo pretty much owned the home console landscape at the time they decided to enter the frey, a combination of smart business decisions and key partnerships, in addition to some pretty massive missteps by the competition helped Sony to quickly become the dominant force in the industry. A position they have continued to enjoy for the majority of their console-making career.

​Sony first began their foray into game consoles in the late 1980s when they entered into a partnership with Nintendo to create a CD-ROM add-on called the Play Station for the upcoming Super Nintendo console. The partnership was rocky though, particularly when Nintendo went behind their back to form another partnership with Sony's competitor Philips. At one point Sony even approached Sega with a proposal to a similar partnership to the one they had with Nintendo, but Sega, unfortunately, declined. Eventually, Sony decided to abandon the project altogether in favor of creating their very own gaming system for the next console generation. This, of course, is what would go on to become the PlayStation.

After settling on engineering the console to specialize in handling three-dimensional polygonal graphics, Sony then had to figure out how to get games made for its system. For this, they mainly relied on securing hundreds of deals for third-party games, both exclusive and multi-platform. In addition, they also acquired the British video game company Psygnosis which, along with creating the fantastic wipEout series for them (one particularly excellent entry of which appears on our list below), also had the unintended benefit of resulting in a more economical, dedicated game development system for their new console.

Finally, Sony needed to figure out how to get a jump on the already long-established competition. They accomplished this in two ways. With Nintendo, they primarily did this simply by beating them to market, since their next generation Nintendo 64 console wasn't even ready for release until the following year. And with Sega, they simply found a way to capitalize on their blunders, particularly by undercutting them on pricing. By selling the PlayStation for $100 less than Sega's Saturn, they made it a lot more attractive to otherwise undecided console shoppers who couldn't quite see the additional cost benefit of Sega's offering.

Even with a leg up though, without the right games, the PlayStation brand wouldn't have lasted for very long. But great games are something that every PlayStation console has always had in spades. Read on for our list of 12 of the best ones the original PlayStation had to offer.

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The PlayStation Portable: A 12-Year Anniversary Retrospective

Well, today marks the 12th anniversary of the North American release of the PlayStation Portable. It's kind of hard to believe it's already been 12 years since Sony decided to enter the portable fray. In honor of the 12th anniversary, it only seems fitting to take a look back at the handheld console and talk about twelve of the greatest games to ever appear on it.

The PSP debuted in the US on March 24, 2005. The first real competitor to a Nintendo handheld since Sega's Game Gear (10 years earlier), the PlayStation Portable quickly positioned itself as a sleek and sexy alternative to the clunkier chunkier Nintendo DS. The PSP actually had a lot going for it: better graphics, a superior form factor, millions of ardent Sony fans, and a wealth of great games. It also had a few stumbles which were almost all hardware-related: screen issues on certain models, the decision to use prohibitively expensive proprietary memory cards, not to mention the incredibly unpopular PSP Go.

All in all though, the PSP was a pretty incredible little machine. Did I mention the great games? Let's delve into that further, shall we? Here are 12 shining examples of the best gaming experiences the PlayStation Portable had to offer:

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New Steam Store Releases: Ty 4 (Konami Fouls Again)

Nearly a decade after the the last entry in the series was released, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4 has come to the Steam Store. In case you aren't familiar with it, Ty The Tasmanian Tiger was originally an EA-published, console-only series that appeared on the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and original Xbox. It was yet another in a fairly long line of competent, three-dimensional, anthropomorphic animal platformers, and was most often compared to Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot.

While the new entry does share many of the same elements as previous titles, Krome Studios (still the same developer, by the way) did opt to switch things up a bit by making Ty 4 into a two-dimensional side-scrolling game. You may agree or disagree with this decision, depending on your own tastes, but in my opinion, the gameplay is just as much fun (if not more so) in two dimensions. Also, if you're like me, you may be pleased to note that this series is no longer associated with EA (which can only be to its distinct advantage).

Also out this week, a previously Xbox 360, Japan-only, vertically scrolling shooter, yet another in an alarmingly growing list of Konami fups (this time, with the release of the shoddy PC version of a fantastic console game), and a BMX trick game that looks to be an interesting mix of OlliOlli and Trials (which sounds fun to me). Much like the boomerangs that he wields, Ty the Tiger has returned once again. Proceed further to see more of this week's new releases.

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New PlayStation Store Releases: PES 2016

Once again, I had to take a week off from the New PlayStation Store releases. This time it was due to familial obligations. But that's done now, so let's get back to it.

The big release this week has got to be Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. Word on the street is that the FIFA series may finally have been dethroned with this excellent entry. But I guess we won't know for certain until FIFA 16 releases next week.

Other noteworthy releases from the past 14 days include Tearaway Unfolded, Flame Over, and Leo's Fortune. Win with your eleven, then proceed further to see more new releases.

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New Steam Store Releases: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Sorry for the late post. I was dealing with computer issues all weekend. What did we miss? Oh, right. For the second time, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was the highlight of the past week. It was in good company though, as there were quite a few other interesting releases on the Steam Store. Mad Max, Raiden IV, a new Company of Heroes entry, and a '90s adventure game featuring digitized actors in a comic book setting (to name a few). Do a double-take, then proceed further to see more of this past week's new releases.

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