Playstation is a gaming console that continues to defy odds 25 years since it’s release. Our team recently began discussing some of our favorite Playstation titles and how they defined us and our childhood. 

Meagan- Wild Arms

I have many lol but what I can remember was an rpg for Playstation 1 called Wild Arms. I watched my brother play it all the time after school.  My mother, who has passed away used to always comment about how she loved the music of the game.

 I guess this is why vgm is such a big deal for me. My dad who is also deceased use to try his hardest to play video games. He would always hold the Playstation Controller upside down and managed to win.

Martha- Kingdom Hearts

My grandparents adopted me so I was their introduction to a newer generation of gaming. They bought me a PlayStation 2 Slim and Kingdom Hearts for Christmas one year.

I remember sitting in the living room with my grandmother for HOURS as she watched me interact with all the Disney characters and fight the Heartless. She even let me stay home “sick” the first day after Christmas break so we could finish the game together. I will forever be a KH fan.

Keke- Xenosaga Episode 1: Der Wille zur Macht 

Xenosaga Episode 1: Der Wille zur Macht is my favorite game because it is the first and only Turn-based RPG game that I ever completed at 100%…and I mean…100%

My love for this game goes beyond the intricate storyline. It goes beyond the character and designs. My love is deeply rooted in the game’s TB strategy and it’s a dedication to the grind. Growing up in what is commonly referred to as “The Projects” my mother, like many other mothers, didn’t want me outside mixing up with the wrong crowd. Despite the expensive price tags my mother gladly funded my gaming needs as long as I kept straight As. 

I probably played this game 3 or 4 times and even kept a spreadsheet to manage my upgrades and special abilities. It’s been years since I’ve played but no game will ever replace this one.

Sarah- Jak and Daxter

While Kingdom Hearts will always hold a special place in my heart due to all the fond memories, I think the one that really got me into gaming was Jak and Daxter. I am an only child so my parents and I were very close. My Dad is a typical Silicon Valley tech guy so when he came home with a Playstation 2 when I was in third grade, I didn’t know what to expect. Of course, he got a bundle that came with Jak and Dexter and the next you knew the family was hooked. 

The funny thing is, I don’t have a lot of memories of me playing the game but instead of my Mom playing. She was a Kindergarten teacher at the time so she loved to go home after a long day of work and just play Jak and Dexter. That game was the start of a bonding activity between my parents and I. My Mom would play, my Dad would search the internet for walkthroughs (which were hard to find before youtube) and I would read them off to her. While there was a lot of yelling back and forth about which way was up or down, it was still one of the sweetest memories I have. 

FYI: We still haven’t completed the game. 

Kalie- Crash Bandicoot

One game that I keep going back to, even as an adult, is Crash Bandicoot. I had all the games for the first generation Playstation, and remember asking for the next game for the PS2 for Christmas, and not leaving the living room the day I opened it. I could play and replay each level as many times as I wanted so I could get the crystals and all of the boxes and taking turns with my friends when they came over.

Crash was my getaway game. I could play and play and live in the levels, and run away from the cannonball chasing me or jump around the turtles to try and get to the next box. I didn’t have to think about anything else, and that’s really what Playstation has given me. Playstation gave me a different universe to live in.