- The fact that the PlayStation made gaming cool, hooking hordes of twenty-something trendies with its adult marketing and ruthless abandonment of childish characters in favor of games like Wipeout, is well documented.
But after the Playstation's first year, Sony was becoming anxious that maybe it had been too hasty in overlooking the younger market; perhaps the idea of a platform mascot wasn't so retrogressive. The revolutionary Mario 64 was proving a compelling vindication of an antiquated concept, and Sony was getting nervous.
Luckily, a little known development team called Naughty Dog was already well underway with a title to plug the gap. Seizing the opportunity, Sony snagged the publishing rights, introduced a hardware price cut, frog-marched Crash Bandicoot centre stage and sat back, anxious for its plan to take effect.
Though we can probably be thankful that Crash didn't end up being cemented as the Playstation's official mascot, we can be glad that the game performed well, especially seeing as 12 years later it has given the PSP store another classic title.
The story goes that on a trio of islands just South East of Australia, the evil Doctor Neo Cortex and his sidekick, Doctor Nitrus Brio, have created an 'Evolvo Ray' - no prizes for guessing what that does. Before long,...