Gaming has been enjoying an unbelievably healthy period of growth for many years now. The original Playstation seemed to bring gaming out of the niche it was hiding and into the mainstream. The PS2 then took that gaming for everyone mentality onto the next level, and now the Wii is even making non-gamers start gaming. But with the economy going down the pan, could that reliance on casual or mainstream gamers be the industry's downfall?
I remember a time when gaming was the sole reserve of the friendless and nerdy. Yes, I was one of those friendless nerds who would give up the chance to go out on a Saturday in order to spend time with my console of choice. But those days are well over, with gaming now being just as mainstream as television and movies.
Love it or hate it, Sony has a big part to play in bringing gaming out of its shell and into the cold light of day where everyone felt comfortable having a go. Both the original Playstation and the PS2 were seen as cool, innovative, and must-have consumer products by games of all ages around the world.