The Super PlayStation 2 Quiz

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What year did Sony release the PlayStation 2?

The PlayStation 2 launched in Japan in March 2000 and hit stores shelves in the U.S. that October.

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Which of these features was included with the PS2?

The PS2 featured backwards compatibility -- you could use it to play PlayStation games -- as well as a DVD player, but no built-in internet or memory.

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The PlayStation 2 sold much faster than the original PlayStation.

It took just five years and nine months for Sony to sell 100 million PS2 units, while the PlayStation took nine years to hit the same level of sales.

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How many PlayStation 2 units sold on the first day of release in Japan?

Sony sold more than a million units in Japan on the first day of release and half a million in the two days following release in the U.S.

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What year did Sony discontinue the PS2?

Sony sold more than 150 million units before discontinuing the PS2 in 2013.

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How many different PlayStation 2 games were available by January 2003?

In less than three years after the system was launched, developers had produced more than 1,500 titles for the PlayStation 2.

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How many games were ultimately released for the PS2?

By the time the system was discontinued in 2013, more than 10,000 titles had been released for PlayStation 2 players.

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What is the best-selling game in PlayStation 2 history?

Rockstar's "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" sold more than 18 million units for the PS2, making it the best-selling game for the console.

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What was the name of the X-rated mini-game hidden in "GTA: San Andreas?"

Developers hid an X-rated mini game within GTA. Known as "Hot Coffee," it was quickly exposed by hackers until developers released a patch to remove the illicit content.

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What was the best-selling game that Sony made for the PS2?

While other companies made some of the best-sellers for the PlayStation 2, Sony's best-selling title for the console was "Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec," which sold almost 15 million copies.

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What was the best-selling PS2 game that didn't involve auto racing or auto theft?

While the list of best-selling PS2 games is dominated by "GTA" and "Gran Turismo" titles, "Final Fantasy X" sold nearly 8 million units.

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How many PS2 games were available when the system launched?

Players could choose from 29 different games when the PlayStation 2 came out in 2000.

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The PlayStation 2 could play Blu-rays.

While the PS2 could play DVDs, players had to wait for the PlayStation 3 to come out in 2006 if they wanted a game system that could play Blu-rays.

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What year did Sony release a slimmed down version of the PlayStation 2?

The PS2 was redesigned and rereleased in 2004. The slimmer version took up 77 percent less space than the original and had a built-in modem.

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What was the name of the webcam released specifically for the PlayStation 2?

The EyeToy was a motion-sensing webcam sold as a PS2 accessory. It launched in 2003.

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Some PS2 buyers could watch Netflix on the PS2.

The PS2 was the first console to offer Netflix -- but only in Brazil.

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Sony used commercials for the "PS9" to market the PlayStation 2.

The PS9 commercials that came out when the PlayStation 2 launched showed the world what gaming would be like in 2078.

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Which of these slogans was first used with the PlayStation 2?

Sony launched the "Live in Your World, Play in Ours" slogan to market the PS2, with the shapes from the buttons used to replace some letters.

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The PlayStation 2 design was based on an old Sega prototype.

The design actually comes from an Atari prototype from 1993 called the Falcon030 Microbox.

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Some developers were still producing PS2 games until 2013.

Both FIFA14 and PES2014 were released for the PlayStation 2 in 2013.

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Which of these do you need to convert your PS2 into a PC?

Using a Linux kit, gamers could easily convert the PS2 into a useable computer.

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What do the white towers on the start screen represent?

The white towers on the PS2 start screen represent the size of the stored games on the memory card. If you start the game without a memory card, the screen will be blank.

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How many buttons are on a PS2 controller?

There are 15 buttons on a PS2 controller, including the 4 arrows, the 4 buttons marked with shapes, the "Start," "Select" and "Analog" buttons, and the R1, R2, L1 and L2 buttons on the back.

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Why did gamers launch a massive lawsuit against Sony in 2005?

Players banded together to launch a lawsuit against Sony in 2005 due to a common "Disc Read Error" problem with the PlayStation 2.

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The gamers won the lawsuit against Sony.

After losing the lawsuit, Sony agreed to give each claimant $25 in cash, a free PS2 game or a free console repair to settle the case.

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Some sources blamed Iraqi forces for a PS2 shortage in 2000.

Widespread rumors blamed Iraqi leaders for a PlayStation 2 shortage when the system was first released, claiming that the Iraqis were buying the systems to deliver chemical weapons or missiles.

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Sony released a special silver edition of the PS2 in Japan.

While Japanese buyers could pick up the cool silver system, the slimmer design meant that this PS2 couldn't play certain titles that required significant memory.

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What PS2 game is set in Liberty City?

"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," released in October 2001, takes place in Liberty City. IGN named this game the best game ever released for PS2 in a 2008 article.

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In 2002, a man legally changed his name to Mr. PlayStation 2.

Dan Holmes loved video games so much that the Oxfordshire, England resident had his name changed to Mr. PlayStation 2 in honor of his favorite console.

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The PlayStation 4 sold more units in its first two years than the PS2.

Sony sold 29.3 million PS4 consoles from November 2013 to Sept. 30, 2015. The company sold just 24.99 million PS2 units in the same time period after the launch of the PS2.

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The PlayStation 2 is the rare gaming console that endures -- lingering long after new versions of the system have been released thanks to a devoted group of gamers.

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