The PS2 isn’t dead. But it’s slowly getting there. That’s why it’s important for more people to copy their PS2 games to CD/DVD. As we all know, the rise of seventh and eight generation gaming consoles have garnered the attention of gamers everywhere. The topics that dominate game forums today are of the comparisons between the Xbox 360 and the PS3, or of which new much hyped games are coming out this year. You really don’t hear much about the PS2 anymore.
That is not to say that it still isn’t being used. In fact, according to the video game blog siliconera, Sony sold a reported 3.5 million PS2 consoles between April and September of last year. More than the amount of PSP units sold last year. Even if this sounds like a success for die-hard PS2 fans, the truth is that there are no highly anticipated games being released. How often do you see commercials of PS2 games on TV? I certainly haven’t, and if there are, they have all been drowned out by previews of the more popular assassins creed or of the new modern warfare 3 game coming out this November. The PS2 has slowly been tucked away while game manufacturers focus on newer generation games.
With such evidence that the PS2 games are fading, why are people still buying PS2 consoles?
Well, there are many answers to that question. But one that stands out is that people buy new PS2 consoles to play old PS2 games, and with new games rarely being made more and more people are resorting to copying their old PS2 games to a CD. Many have come to realize that the chances of finding a new copy of a game from the last remaining sixth generation console lessens as each day goes by. And for this reason, the popularity of copying games has picked up with great speed as gamers rush to preserve their most valued possessions.
If you are a hardcore gamer, you know you treat your favorite games like they were made out of glass
I know I certainly do, and even though I’ve passed down my PS2 games to my younger siblings, I still cringe when I see them mistreat it.
Abuses by siblings combined with the risk of scratches are other reasons why gamers should copy their games. Not only that, but it’s a satisfaction knowing that you always have a backup for your games in case there’s an accident. For example, just yesterday I was playing modern warfare 2 when a friend stopped by with her 2 yr old daughter. Her daughter, being the ever so curious 2 yr old that she is walked over to my gaming console and kicked it on its side. What followed was a horrible screech as I realized that my game disc had just been scratched beyond repair. With a sigh, I took out the disc and sure enough a perfect circle was etched onto the back of it. The only thing that kept me from having a dramatic break down was that I had a backup disc in my CD case. Like I said, you never know when accidents might occur.
For those PS2 owners that want to back up their games, it’s fairly easy and don’t worry, it’s not illegal as long as you don’t redistribute your copies for money. Here’s what you’ll need:
Your favorite PS2 game disc.
A windows desktop computer or laptop, whichever your prefer.
A blank disc.
A good video game burning program.