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My love affair with PlayStation

May 14, 2015

First of all, I’d like to say welcome back to my column! This is my third year writing for the Beach Paper, and I’m so glad to be back! For my first column of the season, I’m going to tell you how I fell in love with the PlayStation brand.

The PlayStation brand holds a very special place in my heart. I didn’t grow up with the original PlayStation or even a PS2, so I didn’t even touch a PlayStation console until I got the PlayStation 3 in 2010. The PS3 opened my eyes to a whole new world of gaming possibilities.

Prior to getting a PS3 for my 17th birthday, I only owned Nintendo consoles. This wasn’t on purpose; my mom just always bought me Nintendo consoles because she knew I loved Mario games. She couldn’t justify spending money on more than one video game console every few years, so I ended up with an NES-101 (Top Loader), an N64, and a Gamecube. I didn’t feel deprived; I had access to so many great games and I loved them. My friend had a Dreamcast, and I always looked at it like it was some piece of technology from the year 3000. That thing was WAY ahead of its time. Still, I only had Nintendo consoles at home, and while I played a lot of great games, I missed out on a lot of them, too.

I was only introduced to the PS3 because of Jimmy. The first time I ever went to his house (back when I had him in the friend zone...sorry, Jim!), I saw this big, shiny console on his TV stand. I had never actually seen a PS3 in person before (I guess I lived under a rock in high school or something). I remember saying how pretty it was (that OG PS3 was GORGEOUS), and he asked me if I wanted to play. I’m pretty sure you can guess what my answer was.

He showed me all of his games, and the first one I played was either Flower or Prototype; I can’t remember which one I jumped into first, but it was one of the two. The first time I played Flower was really special for me. I just remember thinking, ‘What have I been missing out on?!’ It was so different from anything else I had ever played. It wasn’t until I played Heavy Rain, however, that I decided I needed a PS3 in my own living room.

I didn’t even need to actually play the game to know that I wanted it; I watched Jimmy play it and was in awe. My eyes were glued to the screen. I absolutely had to have that game. I ran out and bought it, even though I didn’t even own a console to play it on yet. At this point, I felt like I was cheating on Nintendo. I had always been a Nintendo faithful up until the PS3 came into my life. I’m still a huge fan of Nintendo, but Sony’s PlayStation brand has allowed me to experience games that I never could have on a Nintendo console.

I started Heavy Rain the day I got my own PS3. Not long after that, I had earned my first platinum trophy…and MAN, it felt good. Heavy Rain isn’t necessarily difficult to platinum, but very time consuming. I went on to platinum all three Uncharted games, Mafia II, Beyond: Two Souls, and Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Season 1 (that one doesn’t really count). I don’t have much time for trophy hunting these days, but for the first few years I had my PS3, trophies were what I lived for. I know it’s silly, but I felt really accomplished when that platinum trophy notification would pop up. Maybe one day I’ll have time to platinum another game.

I know many of you will accuse me of being a “fanboy” or whatever because I love PlayStation, but the truth is that I play on all consoles. But there is something about PlayStation that keeps me coming back. Their exclusives are some of my favorite games I’ve ever played: Heavy Rain, Uncharted, The Last of Us, Journey…the list goes on. For the current generation, the PS4 is currently my preferred platform, however, I also own and play a PC, Wii U and Xbox One. I love PlayStation because I love the games that are exclusive to the consoles. Period. It’s not about the consoles, but about the games we play on them.

Add me on PSN: twentyonegunsxo


  • Cassie is a 20-something gamer, social media guru, writer, music lover, and photographer from the Milford, Delaware area. She has a passion for video games that started when she was given an NES Top Loader as a young child. Super Mario Bros. was the first game she ever played, and it's still one of her favorite games to this day. She also has a love for photography, and most enjoys photographing animals and children. Her favorite games are The Last of Us and Uncharted 3, and her hype for Uncharted 4 is immeasurable. Follow her on... Instagram | Twitter | Twitch

    Cassie also has a photography blog, CGW Photos, here on BeachPaper.com. You can also follow her on Instagram.