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Post by » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:16 pm

Muzer wrote:The GX4000 really was terrible. It only has like 50 games.
You'd be lucky if you could actually find 1 out of that 50!

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Post by Muzer » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:27 pm

I've only got it + the pack-in (Burnin' Rubber)

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Post by » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:31 pm

Muzer wrote:I've only got it + the pack-in (Burnin' Rubber)
That came with my CPC 464 Plus as well :D

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Post by Muzer » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:39 pm

If you consider the release date of the GX, it is a pretty crap game to pack in. Maybe a couple of years earlier...

What I like about it, though, is the built-in SCART socket. Beats weird, arbitry cables.

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Post by Sureshot » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:48 pm

I'm not sure what SNK did, but they totally screwed up with the NGPC. Has there ever been a console or handheld which was bought back in such a high amount?

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Post by sscott » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:54 pm

Sam Coupe - what the world really needed was another 8-bit console at the end of the 80s!

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Post by Nitters » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:56 pm

The original GBA, with its non-backlit screen, should have been a real kamakazi job. Strangely, Nintendo seemed to whether that storm without too many feathers rustled. If memory serves, that is.
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Re: Commercial suicide!!

Post by will2097 » Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:33 pm

sscott wrote:Having just recently re-read the Ultimate History of Video Games it is surprising just how many company executives got it wrong. For example:
- Atart releasing the mammoth 5200 (non compatible with 2600) and weighing 2.5 tonnes
- Sega's megadrive add-ons
- Atari Lynx's astonishingly low battery life
- Virtual Boy
- Universal suing Nintendo over Donkey Kong for infringement when they didn't own the rights to King Kong anyway
- Atari producing 12 million copies of ET for only 10 million worldwide VCS's
- Trip Hawkins in general
- Magnavox odyssey marketing suggesting only their TVs could be used to play the console
Etc etc...

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Post by Celebaglar » Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:56 am

TMR wrote:
sscott wrote:Jack Tramiel was apparently a complete nutter at Commodore, fired people at random and wouldn't listen to reason even from his own board. Try telling that guy the CD 32 was piece of s***
Tramiel wasn't at Commodore by that point, he was ousted before they moved into the 16-bit market.
Irving Gould and Medhi Ali were the "geniuses" who presided over the CCF (Complete Commodore F***-up). The stupidly high prices of the "high end" Amigas, the bodge job that was the CD32 (to follow the even more bodged and even less successful CDTV), the cutting of the A500+ almost immediately after release in favour of the cut down, hardware-incompatible version that was the A600, the relatively underspecced A1200 which was already losing ground to PCs when it was released, the focus on making expandability awkward and expensive for the lower-end machines to force people to buy the expensive range if they wanted the ability to expand, the failure to see that the trend would be towards standards in third party hardware components, and lots more besides. The third party add-on market flourished for a while and Commodore died.

Of course, even those guys are made to look like giants of astuteness by the current owners of the Amiga heritage. Seven years of ownership, several legally dubious sales promotions, no new product, incessant inconsequential legal disputes and a dogged determination to strip the brand of every last vestige of dignity before it finally gets laid to a well-deserved rest.

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Post by Dizrythmia » Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:02 am

Muzer wrote:The GX4000 really was terrible. It only has like 50 games.
Less than that I think you'll find!!

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Post by bigfreakypossum » Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:31 am

By far the biggest blunder ever is Atari deciding to not market the NES in the US.
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Post by FatTrucker » Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:32 am

Don't forget Atari foregoing the opportunity to manufacture and distribute the NES.
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Post by Mayhem » Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:59 am

Spooky dual thinking there ;)

GX4000 had about the same number of new carts made during the C64GS era... somewhere around 25-30 I believe. Discounting the random possible pirate or licensed productions...

(I bet many of you don't know realise there were lots of authorised cartridges being made in Poland for the C64 during the mid 90s. As one example)
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Post by gmintyfresh » Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:47 am

Sega's American and European support of the Saturn, also the announcement of the Dreamcast that effectively killed the saturn off before it's time!

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Post by GarryG » Thu Oct 18, 2007 6:11 am

The LENS LOCK protection system.

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