PlayStation Turns 25: My Painful Memories of the PS1

PlayStation One 25th Anniversary
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This week, the gaming world celebrated 25 glorious years since the original PlayStation was released out into the wild. This slim-line piece of grey plastic and wires would go on to rule the world, dragging video games kicking and screaming into the modern age. Since then we have seen 3 further generations of the console, with a 4th due very soon.

Celebrating 25 years of the PS One took me back to a particular memory of my own, although this was probably closer to 20 years ago. My parents had been out Christmas shopping with my grandparents, and upon their return, they produced a brand spanking new PlayStation. This was very unusual for my parents, who typically would have saved a gift like this for Christmas, but on this day they decided to let us have it there and then.

I don’t remember what games were with the PlayStation if any. But I do remember getting up the next day and heading down to my local outdoor market to see if anyone was selling some cheap, second hand PlayStation games. I was in luck. That day I picked up a handful of classic titles, but the two I remember most vividly were the originalĀ Gran Tourismo andĀ WWF Attitude. Back then I was a huge WWF/WWE fan, and after years of enduring so-so graphics on consoles like the SNES, I was about to get my first real taste of a modern WWF videogame.

Sony PS1 PlayStation One

My feet hardly touched the floor as I raced home, carrier bag in hand, ready to play my games. I recall deciding not to wait the 5 minutes for the next bus, because that was 5 minutes of game playing time I wouldn’t get back. Nope, I wasn’t going to wait around. I had my games, I had the house to myself, and I was bloody well going to play them. Fate would have different plans though.

I arrived home, red-faced, about 20 minutes later. The bus I’d chose to skip had passed me on the main road about 10 minutes before, but nothing was going to kill my buzz. QUickly I threw off my trainers and jacket, checked no one was home to disturb me, and shot off upstairs to my room like a bat out of Hell. What happened next is still a bit of a blur, probably fading away over the years, but what I do remember is running upstairs so quickly that I somehow managed to catch my foot on the doorframe to my room. The pain hit me like a brass-knuckle punch to the face. The impact of flesh and bone on solid wood resulted in two of my toes bending out sideways in a direction they are not supposed to move, and the skin between them tearing open. I dropped to my knees in agony. The air turned blue as I let out every expletive I knew as loudly and proudly as I could. There’s even a good chance I cried, I wouldn’t be surprised.

How I didn’t break some bones that day is beyond me. Maybe I did – I never went to get them checked out. But broken bones or not, the pain was excruciating. I remember my foot throbbing, and you could even see it pulsing. I’m not sure I’ve felt physical pain like that since that day, and I have no desire to revisit it.

Eventually, I did get to play my copy of WWF Attitude, and quite honestly it was garbage. It was better than a lot of the games I’d played prior to this one, but looking back it wasn’t a great video game and definitely wasn’t worth the agonizing pain that resulted from rushing home to play it – and that’s still the truth all these years later. Let this be a lesson to all of you – some gaming memories are extremely painful.


What are your fondest (or not so fond) memories of the PlayStation? Let us know in the comments section below, or on our Twitter/Instagram/Facebook pages using the hashtag #TBGPS1






Narrative designer and writer for the video game OBLAST! Creator of the comic series Jurassic Mark. Master of Quack Fu. Holding onto an IBM 5100 for some guy named John Titor. I've also been an online content creator for the best part of 2 decades, and still don't know how to use a semicolon.

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