Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2 for PS2 – Activate Rumble

I was browsing the local flea market yesterday and stumbled upon an old classic. Ready 2 Rumble Round 2 boxing for the old PlayStation 2 (PS2). I have fond memories of this fun old boxing game. It was released back in 2000! 17 years ago. Wow. Regardless, the gameplay and characters are hilarious.

I bought the game on the cheap, and went about playing it with my friend last night. For the life of us, we could not figure out how to activate the rumble ability. I performed countless searches on my phone and my computer to find the answer. Promising links all around, but when I went to a page, I was never presented with the answer. It was so frustrating. We simply could not find the answer. My friend and I both tried every combination of buttons on the controller, seemingly to no avail.

Eventually, there was a breakthrough. We figured it out, and I have the answer. I’m going to present the solution here in a clear, simple form so that others who are searching the Internet for this answer can find it here.

Here’s the deal!

When you have the full RUMBLE letters, press R1 and R2 at the same time. Rumble mode is activated. Once you are in rumble mode and your boxing gloves are glowing white, press and hold the SQUARE and TRIANGLE buttons simultaneously. While holding square and triangle, jostle the left analog joystick. That will unleash the hyperactive punching and uppercut fury in rumble mode.

There you have it. Plain and simple. You’re welcome, Internet.

Playstation 3 vs. Blu-ray Player

Weeks ago, we bought a new HDTV. Since that time, I’ve been in the throws of PS3 and Blu-ray envy. I have been disappointed in the quality of my DVD collection on our eight-year-old DVD player. I’ve read about more modern “upconverting” DVD players that blow up an image from 480 to 1080 resolution, in order to mimic an HD presentation. I’ve wanted one.

In considering how to upgrade my player, I considered three options:

  1. A relatively inexpensive DVD upconverting player
  2. A Blu-ray player that upconverts traditional DVDs
  3. A Playstation 3, which does upconverting, Blu-ray movies, and plays PS3 games.

The PS3 seemed like the obvious choice. However, my research has shown it to have too many drawbacks for me to consider purchasing one. For starters, despite common belief, the new PS3 systems DO NOT play old PS2 games. That was only true for a short time in the first generation PS3 player, which was ridiculously expensive. That fact alone was a deal-breaker for me.

Second, the Blu-ray players I’ve been eying included YouTube and Netflix streaming, via an Ethernet connection. It turns out that the PS3 DOES NOT stream Netflix movies. Another deal breaker for me! I know that the XBOX 360 streams Netflix movies, but it doesn’t have a Blu-ray drive, so that is out, too. The XBOX 360 is a great, affordable gaming console, but as a double for movies, HD-DVD is dead.

I’m upset at the two deal-breakers I found in the Playstation 3. The PS3 was released for sale in November of 2006. We are coming up on three years that it has been on the market. Despite that length of time, the game titles are still very limited, and still very expensive. Considering that, and more, I think Sony is simply asking too much for the system itself. I have a large catalog of PS2 games that I am not willing to part with. I’m not willing to shell out $60 a pop for PS3 game titles. I’d sure love to play GTA IV (PS3 only), but I can’t bring myself to pay $400 for the PS3 hardware without PS2 backward compatibility and Netflix streaming.

In conclusion, I decided to pass on the PS3. Instead, I bought a sweet standalone Blu-ray player that not only plays Blu-ray discs, it also upconverts standard DVDs, and streams Netflix and YouTube, right out of the box. For nearly half the cost of a PS3, I thought this purchase was a no-brainer. I’ll happily continue playing my old PS2 game titles on my capable Playstation 2. Considering the still small library of PS3 game titles, Sony needs to offer a bit more than games for me to want to shell out the kind of money that they are asking for the PS3 console.

Does the Playstation 3 Have a Future?

I just did a little research on what has probably been the most successful video game console in history, the Playstation 2. It hit the shelves in Japan in March of 2000. Later in October of that year, it was made available in the US. I have had a PS2 for many years now and it has been worth the cost, many times over. The number of hours that my machine has been used is mind boggling, both for games and playing DVDs. For Sony, it has been a smash hit during the past six years. In fact, they still have strong sales of the system today.

Now, 2007 is knocking on our door and the very long awaited Playstation 3 is finally here. I stress finally! Years overdue, a massive production shortage, technical blunders, and with a price that equals an arm and a leg, I wonder what we’ll be saying about this machine in years to come. I even wonder if we’ll still be talking about it years from now. From what I have read, the small number of release titles have not been that well received. To top it off, some 200 PS1 and PS2 titles do not play properly on the new machine. That issue is being resolved via a firmware update that Sony is to release online. Combined, these issues just might make this product a failure.

At $600, I cannot afford a PS3. I don’t really want one, either. The games on the PS2 look and play good enough for my taste. I am not going to spend $60 a pop on brand new PS3 releases. For me to be interested, the price would have to be cut in half for the system and the games, and a lot more of the population would have to adopt it first.

If the PS3 had to compete solely against the XBOX 360, I think it would fair well in the long run, as long as prices come down, issues are resolved, and enough games are made. But since Sony faced so many delays to get the system on the market, they now have to contend with the Nintendo Wii, which looks to be kicking their butts. I just want a console game system that plays games well and connects to the Internet for online games. That is it. I don’t want it to serve as a computer, entertainment center, or DVR. I only want to play games. At this minute, if I could snap my fingers and have a new system to play, I would honestly like to play a Wii. After that, I’d like to play a 360. The PS3 is at the end of my list. A year ago, I never would have expected that.

What will come of the Playstation 3, time will tell.