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Unless you are a goldfish, you'll need one of these
on 10 February 2004
Sony's 8meg memory card is the essential purchase to go along with any new PS2. The nature of gaming nowadays means that we have high scores to save, progress during games to save, options files to save ... and because we've moved on from cartridge media, where do we save this? Negating the need for an internal hard drive, Sony provided the memory card as the solution. 8meg large, its plenty of room for the avid gamer to fit a hell of alot of game data on. Imagine you have been bought a PS2, a lovely Squaresoft RPG and no memory card. Unless you plan on keeping your PS2 turned on for the duration of the 60hours+ of gametime needed to play the game, you're not going to get past the initial stages. Frustration ensues, and the PS2 is regarded with disgust as you quickly bore of your machine. Many parents out there don't know of the need of having this piece of hardware, I hope I'm making you aware of this need!
Something to note, PS1 game owners will not being able to save their game data to a PS2 memory card (much the same as many PS2 games like Gran Turismo 3 are not compatible with the old grey Dual Shock controllers). If you plan on playing PS1 games on your PS2, you will need the old style '15 block' 1meg cards for that.
When I first got my PS2, I thought that the rather pricey tag pretty much took the mickey. I remembered this though, after using a 3rd party memory card for a while on my PS1, it began to corrupt, losing valuable save data. This is something you really don't want to happen. The one thing about Sony is that they KNOW how to make the best hardware to support their machine. They make the best controllers, they make the best memory cards. Stick with Sony basically, and if this is your first foray into consoles and you've just got yourself a PS2, you must own one of these.