Awesome thread! Great job summing it up!
I've been a big PlayStation 3 fan and supporter since the very beginning. I was one of those guys that thought the year one PS3 lineup was fucking solid as hell. I was big pusher of Folklore, Heavenly Sword, Motorstorm, Resistance, Ratchet: ToD, Uncharted, Warhawk, since day one.
I didn't get too wrapped up in the console wars bullshit, because, in the end, I knew the games were coming. The price, for me, was right, because I wanted a Blu Ray player, and stand alone units were $1,000+ at the time. Getting a Blu Ray player, and a video game machine that would have God of War, Ratchet, Metal Gear, etc on it, for $600? It was a bargain to me. I understand why many people would disagree, however.
I didn't get my PS3 until around March 2007, around the time Motorstorm and Virtua Fighter 4 (or 5? I can never remember) released. I didn't have an HDTV at the time, but I planned on buying one. I rocked my PS3 on a 20" SDTV, and loved every minute of it. Lol. I was super jealous of my roommate, who had bought an HDTV and PS3 when it launched. Lol.
When I finally hooked up my PS3 to my new Samsung, 40" set, it was like a whole new experience to me.
The games/franchises that PlayStation 3 brought me this generation that really stand out as my favorites:
1) Uncharted franchise. Loved all 3 (and Golden Abyss on the Vita)
2) inFAMOUS franchise.
3) LittleBigPlanet franchise (ironically, the Vita version is probably the definitive LBP experience)
4) Folklore. Beautiful visuals, music, and excellent use of the Sixaxis.
5) Heavenly Sword. Nariko and Bohan are amazing characters. The motion capture is still some of the best in the industry, as is the facial animation and lip syncing. I wish more games had lip syncing as amazing as Heavenly Sword
6) thatgamecompany's trilogy. flOw, Flower, and Journey are some of the best experiences I've had in gaming.
7) Too many PSN titles to count. Digital gaming on XBLA, PSN, and Steam have helped to usher in an indie gamer renaissance, in my opinion. Too many titles to rattle off here. Digital downloadable games are, arguably, the single most important contribution to this generation for me. Lots of talent and quality all around, not just limited to PSN.
8) Metal Gear Solid 4. As a huge MGS fan, I felt that MGS4 wasn't as good as MGS3, but man, it was an amazing ride, that did an admirable job of tying up, quite literally, 25+ years of history spanning multiple gaming consoles. The microwave, and the final battle...*chills*. Unforgettable experience, even if I still love MGS3 more. Lol.
9) Heavy Rain. I don't quite get the hate this game often gets. I thought it was amazing, even if the narrative was spotty. At the very least, it showed that there is a market for different types of games beyond the "point gun at someone. pull trigger. kill target. repeat," school of game design (which is still a rather fun school, but just like chocolate; too much, and you get tired of it, or sick).
I've never regretted, not for a moment, owning a PlayStation 3. I have my backwards compatible one, and a Slim. My wife also has her own Slim. It's our primary entertainment device, despite having a 360 (RROD), and a brand new gaming PC.
I'm not as eager for new hardware as others are, but I am excited to see what Sony has planned for the PS4. The PS3 is going out with a bang, however.