We have quite literally reached the end of an era. After more than 12 years on the market, Sony is officially putting a stop to PlayStation 2 shipments in Japan, according to Famitsu (via Kotaku). The last-gen platform was first released in Japan on March 4, 2000, and in the 12+ years that followed it managed to rack up a startling 150 million units sold.
There's no official word from Sony on what this development means for shipments in other parts of the world, though it's probably safe to say that you'd better act quickly if you were planning to purchase a new PS2. The console had a great run, but you had to figure this was coming as Sony prepares -- along with everyone else -- for the next generation of gaming hardware.
What was the first PS2 game that you played? What was the last? Did you have a favorite? The answers to those questions for me: Grand Theft Auto 3, Rogue Galaxy (so great, so underrated!), and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.