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My Poor PS2

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

About a month ago a visitor was here and she tripped over a PS2 controller chord, pulling it to the ground. I wasn’t home, but I heard about it happening. It wasn’t until a few days later that I discovered that she knocked the PS2 down to the ground when she tripped over the chord.

The fall jammed the disc drive. After a little working, my roommate got the PS2 to play the game that was stuck in the drive (Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria), but we couldn’t get the drive open. That meant that once we finished, we wouldn’t be able to play another game on this system. This worked fine for a while. Eventually, it got to the point where we getting disc read error about once every couple of minutes. So I had to figure out what to do about my PS2 problem before we beat VP2.

I ended up sending the unit to Sony so they could fix it. They charged me $65 for this. For about twice as much, I could have bought a new one. For ~$40, Sony would have swapped it out for a refurbished PS2. Cost wasn’t the issue. I got my PS2 in December of 2000. I believe they first went on sale in October of that year. There was a shortage of PS2s at launch. When I finally got one, it was because the video game store next to where I worked decided to finally sell the units that they had set aside for those that reserved them before the launch. If I’m correct, my PS2 was part of the very first shipments that went out to stores. A lot of people that got their PS2s back then have had to replace theirs, so I was happy that I still had mine. It has sentimental value. Also, it cost a lot of money to buy back then.

I finally got my PS2 back on Thursday, a lot earlier than the estimates they were giving. Yes, they did return the game that was stuck in the drive. Everything seems fine so far.