04-28-2012 01:03 PM
After a rough few years in high school I decided to move away for college. Like many freshman I didn't know anybody. I was never really outgoing but when I bought my PS2 I stuck a poster on my dorm room door saying that I would have a "PlayStation Party." A few people showed up and we all hung out and played games well in to the evening. Eventually the party expanded out into the dorm's common room and then we reserved TVs and conference rooms just to throw "PlayStation Parties." Not everyone played games when they came but everyone had fun. At the end of the year a few of my friends and I all agreed to live together next semester. For the next few years we were inseparable, we partied, we played PS2 together and grew very close. I was the first to graduate and leave the nest. My first year of real adult life was hard. I couldn't get a job, I was trying to make a long distance relationship work and my friends were all still in college a long drive away. Over the years each of my friends graduated and we all have PS3's. The PSN has helped us hang on to the dorm room feeling even though we live hours away from one another. Everytime I turn on my PS3 I think of that first "PlayStation Party" and the friends it helped me make.
05-02-2012 05:32 PM
Cool story! To get on the blog though, I feel like it might be missing something. Not sure what; there's a lot of cool strings in the story, so maybe dig in one in particular.
For example: What is one of the most awesome moments from those parties? What's different from those times in the PlayStation Parties, to now playing on PSN? That one is actually kind of interestng thread since many games these days don't do couch co-op; it's often online. So perhaps a more detailed thought on how this PS3/PSN generation is different from the PS2 generation in terms of playing with friends?
Just throwing some ideas out there and hope you can refine it a bit more. Feel free to add more to the story as a response to this thread.
05-04-2012 07:42 PM
I would have to say the coolest gaming centered thing was, how we would make up our own rules for games. This was so much easier when we still had couch multi-player, rules were always crazy things like in Red Faction only being able to kill each other with rockets or seeing who could get the cart the furthest off the track in Speed Punks. (one of the few PS1 games that saw constant use) Online games have really stepped away from the kind of craziness lately and it makes me miss it even more.
The coolest non-gaming thing was how people would just hang out in between 'turns.' You would talk about classes, friends, relationships, what new games were coming out and what everyone was playing. That is one thing I think the PSN does very well it helps me feel connected to my friends and now that I use "near" it is also helping stay connected with new people. I still miss the cramped noise of my dorm room though and playing four player Red Faction on bunk beds is the best.
05-04-2012 07:43 PM
Yeah by the time we moved into the coomon room it was becoming a regular thing on weeknights, it was a blast. I really miss it now that I have a job that gets in the way of friends and gaming.