PlayStation 20

This week marked 20 years since the release of the Sony PlayStation. Gaming’s come a long way, but I have too – I’m now married and I have a five year old son. I’ve lived during the lifespans of four Sony PlayStation consoles and a handheld. But somehow, this isn’t the only gaming birthday that shows my age.

When I heard that the PlayStation turned 20, I thought about what I was doing back then. I was sitting in my friend’s living room, playing the “PlayStation Picks” demo disc – featuring games like Jumping Flash, ESPN Xtreme Games and Wipeout. I was playing a CD-based system for only the second time – the first, of course, was the SEGA CD, which next October will be 23 years old.

If you sit and think about all of the video game birthdays that pass by every year, it’ll break your brain.

Coincidentally, that Wipeout demo from 1995 was so good that I’m still invested in the franchise; I also own the most recent (2012) release for the PlayStation Vita.

But if console gaming wasn’t your thing back in the day, you may have played a couple of PC games that were just recently re-released for $9.99 each – Star Wars: X-Wing, which turned 21 this year. Its sequel, Star Wars: Tie Fighter, turned 20.

Mortal Kombat was released in 1992…

I remember buying it just before the ESRB Mature game restrictions kicked in. My friend and I played the game inside out and knew all of the fatalities. Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat X is set to release April 14, 2015.

The ESRB, BTW, just turned 20 themselves. Here’s a news report on their humble beginning:

Also notable in the video, Night Trap, from the already mentioned SEGA CD, which is headed for a remake in 2015.

I’ve already waxed