Has it really been ten years? Yup, it really has as this month PlayStation, the machine that made gaming cool celebrated its tenth anniversary in fine style. Our good friends PSW were naturally very excited by this and have compiled this exhaustive list which features the 100 killer moments from PlayStation history. Take it away boys!
100) PLAYSTATION LAUNCHES IN JAPAN
Hello world! After five years of development that's way too boring to go into, PlayStation arrives in Japan on December 3, 1994. And what a queue! The launch batch sold out on day one, with fantastic arcade driving game Ridge Racer the new system's must-buy. PlayStation is labelled Sony's most important product since the Walkman in the late 1970s. Whoever said that was right.
99) ONE MILLION UNITS SOLD IN JAPAN
By May 1995, over one million PlayStations had been sold in Japan, cementing its place in history and ensuring the Japanese would make lots of games for it. Sony executives have a massive knees-up and probably award themselves huge pay rises.
98) PLAYSTATION LAUNCHES IN THE USA
September 9, 1995, and PlayStation arrives in America. Over 100,000 PlayStations are sold in the first two days of launch.
97) PLAYSTATION LAUNCHES IN THE UK!
Yeah, leave us till last as usual. This is a pattern we've seen a lot of over the last decade, with us Europeans always seeing hot games and PlayStation hardware last. Still it didn't put us off back then - on September 29, 1995, PlayStation launched here, costing 299 quid, which in 1995 was an awful lot of money. The launch games were Battle Arena Toshinden, Moto Toon GP and Ridge Racer - everyone bought Ridge Racer.
96) WIPEOUT LAUNCHES IN THE UK
No, it wasn't a launch game. WipEout was actually part of the second wave of games, designed to be bought once everyone had got bored of Ridge Racer. It's this sort of clever, strategic planning that's got Sony where it is today!
95) S.A.P.S. TAKE TO THE TV
Remember the Society Against PlayStation? This series of adverts, that featured boffins warning us of the dangers of PlayStation, launched what would be the first of many impressive, controversial yet never dull TV ad campaigns for Sony. This one was kind of rubbish, but did the job - and its "never underestimate the power of PlayStation" tagline entered the public vocabulary.
94) LOADS MORE ELSEWHERE
By January 1996, PlayStation's worldwide availability makes it a global phenomenon, shifting 3.4 million units globally - some 518,000 of those in Europe.
93) RESIDENT EVIL COMES OUT
There was a time survival horror didn't exist, and characters didn't rotate on the spot and combine herbs to stay alive. We don't know how society existed without the S.T.A.R.S heroes, who swiftly built one of PlayStation's most important franchises. We'll be getting part five on PS3 next year.
92) PRICE DROP!
May, 1996. Sony isn't just a genius console manufacturer - it's a generous, kindly charity too. Sony Europe hacks the price of a PlayStation down from 299 quid to 199 quid, out of the kindness of its own heart!
91) NINE MILLION... AND COUNTING
October, 1996. Sony says it has shipped nine million PSones around the world in little over a year. Think of all the extra electricity they must be using.
90) TOMB RAIDER BREAKS BOUNDARIES
The angular Lara Croft was a captivating hero, a public superstar and, yes, quite sexy for someone made out of triangular lumps of colour. A series of gradually less impressive sequels follow Lara's breakout first game, but there was always something about her. She and PlayStation are like 'that'. Her latest adventure will hit PS2 early next year.