People, people, please, we all knew this day was coming eventually. 13 years after making its debut in Japan in 2000 and becoming the most overwhelmingly popular game system of that decade, Sony is no longer shipping PlayStation 2 units to Japanese retailers. It's definitely the end of an era in the gaming industry, but take solace in the fact that not since the olden days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System has a video game console endured for so long.
PlayStation collector Ahans76 claims he has successfully collected every single PlayStation 2 North American release. All of them. When he picked up his launch PS2, he never had the intention of starting a massive collection, but rather, he simple bought games as a hobby like the rest of us. When he reached 400 games, however, he decided it was time to catch 'em all. Collecting every single NTSC release is no small feat, but on top of that, every game is new and sealed in the original wrapping and is the original release -- Ahans76 only collected Greatest Hits titles when there was new content that was not contained within the original release. Head on past the break to see more pictures of the serious collection, and read more about his collection here.
Sony has combined a Bravia HDTV with a PlayStation 2 and released it into the wild for consumer consumption. Sure, the PS2 makes the stand on the KDL-22PX300 a little ugly, but the television sports a 22 inch LCD screen, 720p, an ethernet port, three USB sockets, VGA and component-video connectors, and four HDMI ports. For those wondering, the included PS2 is the real deal, and is backwards compatible with PlayStation games and can play DVDs like a regular PS2 is capable of doing.
Currently, the console is exclusively available from Richer Sounds and comes with one controller. The only issue so far, aside from the somewhat ugly base, is that it's only available in the UK for the time being, priced at £199, which is about $300.
File this under things that we really really really hope are true. A couple of different (Warning: The second link is NSFW and NWYT [not worth your time]) places around the internet are saying that gamemaker Team Ico, the makers of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and the upcoming The Last Guardian, are planning to re-release their much beloved first two games.
Ico is nearly ten years old, and Colossus half that age. Both were released with the best graphics that the Playstation 2 could offer, and a visual update, even if it's just an increase in resolution, would be a welcome addition to the already legendary game mechanics and stories.