The Saddest Day in a Gamers Life

It is 15 years old and it really doesn’t owe me anything considering the only thing that’s ever gone wrong was the fan getting clogged up

If you’ve been a gamer for a long time then you’ve probably experienced what I’m going to be talking about this week. When you’re excited to play something and you get all set up ready to go but something is wrong…

I recently purchased a couple of PS1 games on eBay, more specifically Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, as a little nostalgia trip because I hadn’t played them in so long. I have my Silver PS2 still hooked up to my TV because I regularly go back and play some games on there. But perhaps not anymore…

It seems the controller port is faulty, meaning some of the buttons will not work and as a result games are now unplayable. Silly as it seems I was actually a little depressed by this. I got my PS2 as a Christmas present from my parents in 2000, so it is 15 years old and it really doesn’t owe me anything considering the only thing that’s ever gone wrong was the fan getting clogged up nearly a decade ago. It was in better shape than my Xbox 360 despite being twice as old and used twice as much so to see it die put me in quite the sombre mood… But do not despair!!!

All is not lost, after some investigative surgery I’ve found the problem. The electrical ribbon that connects the controller ports to the motherboard has a tear in it which was a common issue with them and easily fixed thanks to eBay providing me with a replacement that is on its way as we speak!

Fortunately it’s no Red Ring of Death I will be able to play my PS2 again! I’d love to hear your sad gaming stories with a silver lining where it turned out all right in the end, or your favourite PS2 moments if you’re old enough to have played one! Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook (search Out of Lives) or on Twitter @adamthomas1994!

On this week’s podcast my Game Changer is being featured, can you guess what it is? Please check that out and let me know what you think in the usual way!

Now, following on from last week’s post regarding Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

As always thanks for reading!


Adam is a Writer, Editor & Podcaster here at Out of Lives. He casts a wide net across popular culture with video games & anime, in particular, featuring heavily in his work for the site. Hailing from a town just outside Glasgow, this Scotsman can usually be found roaming the Northern Realms on The Path or behind the wheel of a Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle-Car.
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