Greatest consoles of all time

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Greatest consoles of all time

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:17 pm

It's a list feature but we thought we'd do a hardware based one.
Tell us what you think are the five greatest consoles
We are looking for 5 points for your favourite, to 1 point for your least favourite.
It's consoles only. We'll do a computer one separately.

For example
I might go for
5 Points SNES
4 Points Xbox 360
3 Points Game Boy Advance
2 Points Atari Lynx
1 Points Master System

Please make sure they are clearly marked in the above order.

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Re: Most important consoles of all time

Post by will2097 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:23 pm

-5 Points Atari 2600
-4 points Playstation
-3 points gameboy
-2 points commodore amiga
-1 point 3DO

Atari 2600 carved the industry
Playstation re-carved it
Gameboy gave birth to hand-held gaming
Amiga 16 bit POWER
3DO because i say so.
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Re: Most important consoles of all time

Post by killbot » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:43 pm

5 points - Nintendo NES. Its role in videogame history might be exaggerated slightly, but it was still a fundamental part of the US industry's turnaround after the crash a few years before. Outside of the UK, where home micros remained more popular, pretty much every mover and shaker in the industry today would have had many of their formative gaming experiences on one of these.

4 points - Atari 2600. Without which we quite concievably wouldn't be having this discussion. A genuinely seminal, iconic piece of hardware.

3 points - Sega Megadrive/Genesis. This, not the PlayStation, was the start of videogames slow turnaround from geeky hobby to mainstream passtime. The first console I ever saw adults playing, which seemed like a big thing at the time.

2 points - Nintendo DS. I work in a hospital and its not unusual to see ladies in their 80s and 90s whiling away the hours playing Layton or doing a sudoku on one of these. If the NES proved kids loved videogames and the Megadrive proved teens and young adults loved videogames, the DS proved everyone could love videogames.

1 point - Sega Dreamcast. Poor sales, a short lifespan and a catalogue of brilliant but suicidally uncommercial games but Sega saw the importance of a good online infrastructure before anyone else and were selling a machine on the basis of online multiplayer years before the 360 made it a standard feature of any console. As so often, the pioneer was quickly cast aside in favour of the more polished products that came in its wake but the Dreamcast is still a treasure trove of great experiences.

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by Mootown » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:47 pm

5 - Sega Saturn
4 - Nintendo 64
3 - Sega Megadrive
2 - Super Nintendo
1 - Neo Geo

Based on what I've played the most / enjoyed the most / have fondest memories of

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by Dam » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:47 pm

5 - SNES
4 - Famicom/NES
3 - Playstation
2 - Megadrive
1 - Gameboy

Xbox 360 gets most of my game time these days, because of SFIV and the cave shooters. I hate it as a console though.

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by Black Ridge » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:59 pm

5 - PS1 - As an impressionable teenager at the time, all those RPGs had a big impact on me. Id never played and RPG before Final Fantasy 7 and it was the start of an obsession with everything Squaresoft. Definitely home to some of my favourite games ever

4 - XBOX 360 - This opened me up to online gaming and being a huge fan of fighters, this gave me thousands of new challengers to fight against.

3 - PS2 - Having discovered a huge library of great imports on top of an already huge choice of PAL games to play, I could not recommend this console enough to any gamer. There is something for everyone on the system. Again, it's home to a huge range of fighting games and RPGs that have eaten up a huge number of hours of my life

2 - Sega Saturn - This is a recent purchase for me but I cant believe i missed out on such a great system. Getting past the region locking is essential with a huge catalog of great games available overseas.

1 - Game Boy Advance (SP) - A great handheld that not only has an impressive selection of games to choose from, but backwards compatibility with GB & GBC games makes this essential. Not to mention being able to play them with a back/front-lit screen :D

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by aztecca » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:03 pm

5. Xbox 360
4 .Snes
2.Atari 2600
1.Mega cd

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by gman72 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:11 pm

5. Xbox 360
4. PS2
3. PS1
1. PS3
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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by Liamh1982 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:12 pm

5 - Saturn
4 - Mega Drive
3 - SNES
2 - Xbox 360
1 - PlayStation 2

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by mr gryzor » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:13 pm

5 points - xbox 360
4 points - PC Engine
3 points - Dreamcast
2 points - Neo Geo
1 point - Sega Megadrive

Honourable mentions- SNES. Gamecube.
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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by skodathegreat » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:14 pm

5 - N64 - brought in the analogue control that is so vital to gaes these days. Add in the rumble Pak and you have a great user interface.
4 - PS1 - showed the world how to do great games with great FMV seqences. I suppose this brought gaming the adult masses more than any other.
3 - Master System - Vastly underated. Great visuals for its time.
2 - Xbox 360 - As the PS1 but add in online multiplayer on a grand scale.
1 - DS - When it was released it was mocked, but look at it now as it reaches the end of its life. Still the king of handhelds.

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by fredghostmaster » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:17 pm

5. Atari 2600
4. Dreamcast
3. Saturn
2. PSP
1. Megadrive

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by Scratch_Porkings » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:35 pm

oooh hard one.
1. Atari 2600

2. Sega Dreamcast

3. PS1

4. Gameboy Advance (is that a console?)

5. Sega Megadrive

I really wanted to put my Jaguar in that list somewhere but you have to be honest dont ya? ha!
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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

Post by AmigaJay » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:36 pm

Its different to the one on facebook then, that was the most important consoles in history.

Anyway heres my top 5 fav consoles

5 - Sega Megadrive
4 - SNK Neo-Geo AES
2 - Sega Dreamcast
2 - Sony Playstation
1 - Nintendo Gameboy Advance

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Re: Greatest consoles of all time

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