I hate you Sony

Incoming completely non-WoW related rant…

Last week was my fiancé’s birthday. He told me he wanted Uncharted 2. Of course, when he said that, what he meant was he wanted Uncharted 2 and a PS3 to play it on (we’re 360 owners). So, I get them for him.

I hadn’t had a chance to try out the PS3, as I’ve been playing Mass Effect 2. As I was finishing Mass Effect on Saturday, I have an urge to play a good JRPG. Since I have yet to find a good JRPG on the current generation of consoles, I grab my old favorite, Shadow Hearts: Convenant for the PS2, and pop it in the playstation.  Nothing happens. I browse around and try to get it to play. “This console has limited backwards compatibility.”  FUUUUUUUCK! I like old games. I have a tendency to go back and play all my old favorites every once in a while, despite aging graphics. Story and gameplay trump shiny pictures. So this really pisses me off. I have to fight the urge to throw the thing out a window then go outside and stomp on it a few times.

Now I’m on a mission. Sure, I could have played one of the PS3 or Xbox games I have sitting on my shelf, but I’ve gotten the idea in my head that I’m going to play Shadow Hearts and this stupid, non-backwards compatible, console isn’t going to stop me!

So I run down to the garage to find my box of old consoles. I find the PS2 quickly. It takes a bit longer to untangle the big mess of wires from the 4 other consoles. I finally get everything I think I need, freezing my feet off in the process. Why don’t I put on shoes rather than standing barefoot on freezing concrete? Because I’m angry and stubborn, damnit! Back upstairs, hook up the console, put in the disc, and…”Please insert a memory card into slot 1.” Fuck! I run back downstairs, sift through the box. Aha! I’ve found one. Run back upstairs, put it in, and…it’s a PS1 memory card. Nooooo!

This setback doesn’t deter me. I’m going to show it who’s boss! (What is “it”? Who the hell knows at this point, but something needs to be put in it’s place). I get dressed (I’m not the only one who doesn’t like wearing pants at home, am I?), get in the car and drive to my local video game store. $30 for a memory card for a 10-year old console, but I don’t care, I’m going to play this damn game if it kills me.

Back at home. Can’t find any scissors to open the impregnable packaging on the memory card. I go at it with a screwdriver instead. It works. Put in the memory card, restart the console, and…success!  Haha! Suck it, playstation! Feeling victorious, I settle in, and play my game… for about 40 minutes before I have to stop to get ready to go out for the evening. /sigh

So that was my Saturday afternoon.

Today I did some looking around to find out if any PS3s are backward-compatible. Out of the 10 models that have been released only three are. The most recent one was released in August of 2007 and is no longer in production. I feel ripped off.

5 responses to “I hate you Sony

  1. I too have been feeling a little nostalgic as well as facing a little bit of WoW burnout, so I downloaded Final Fantasy VII for my PSP.

    It had been a really long time since I last played it and it was fun and refreshing.

    I've never got to try any of the shadow heart games. 🙁 In the last year or so I discovered the SMT games and those are also a blast. I definitely recommend Persona 3 and 4.

    • I'm still hoping that they will remake FF7 some day.

      The Shadow Hearts games are a lot of fun, the 2nd on is the best. It's got a real interesting sense of humour, and fun gameplay.

      I haven't tried any of the MST games, maybe I'll pick one up.

      I recently discovered GOG.com which is an amazing site. You can download all kinds of older PC games for really good prices. The best part is they are configured to run properly on new machines, so you don't have to mess around with things like DOSbox. I've had a lot of fun re-playing all the Tex Murphy games, and they recently released the Gabriel Knight games, which I'll probably grab as well.

  2. The first Kingdom Hearts was the first and last for me. Although the Seph song and battle was pretty cool.

  3. You know, had you asked I would have happily lent — hell, given you — a card. I think I have four, maybe five… o_O

    Killing off backwards compatibility is what simultaneously killed my urge to get a PS3 any time soon. I had a hard drive installed in my older, big PS2 (the new slim ones don't have the capability) and copying games to the HD made everything run so much smoother, it was great. Why they didn't just add that for PS3 is beyond me, and makes my plushy panda sad.

    Considering I don't even have a plushy panda, that's quite the feat.

    Gabriel Knight's on GoG?!!

  4. @Rob

    No one mentioned Kingdom Hearts…but now that you have, I only played the first one as well. I don't remember it very well. I only remember the awful gummi ship sequences.

    @confi
    EB is closer to me than your house, and I needed to play it immediately.

    I really had no interest in the PS3 until Heavy Rain was announced. I'm definitely more a fan of the Xbox right now.