2000: While the Y2K bug was a total fizzer, it was a year of twos. Toy Story 2 and Mission: Impossible 2 got bums on cinema seats, Teenage Dirtbag hit number two on the ARIA end of year charts, and people obsessed over the pairing of Brad and Jen.
The video gaming world wasn’t going to be left out, and so in November of 2000 Australian gamers received a gift in Sony’s PlayStation 2. Able to be installed as a monolithic tower, this impressive chunk of black plastic delivered a big advancement in graphics and sound over its predecessor, and introduced many to the joys (and often not so much) of online gaming. You could play all your old original PlayStation games on it – backwards compatibility rocks – plus, if you needed a break from the DualShock, you could use it to play those newfangled DVD thingies. The PS2 went on to become the biggest selling console ever, with over 155 million units sold worldwide…
November has since become a choice time to release consoles, with the run-up to end of year celebrations a big carrot for sales. So it’s no surprise that with their PlayStation 4 in 2013, Sony repeated the November launch in the west – Japan didn’t get it until March the next year. After the PS3 didn’t set sales charts on fire as much as Sony had hoped – although that isn’t to say that it was a failure – the company listened to what people wanted. We got a machine that was friendly to developers and consumers alike, with a vastly improved controller and support for sharing and remote play. In another occurrence of two, the PlayStation 4 has since gone on to become the second-best selling games console of all time, with almost 103 million units out in the wild at last count. Now it’s November once again, and we have the launch of the PlayStation 5. We wonder, how will this one fare?
Notable games released in November
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (1986)
Super Mario World (1990)
Mega Man 6 (1993)
Hitman: Codename 47 (2000)
Mass Effect (2007)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)
Dishonored 2 (2016)