Best and Worst Console Designs

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby scotland » May 3rd, 2018, 3:42 pm

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby VideoGameCritic » May 3rd, 2018, 6:06 pm

I used to have one of those! Except it was white.

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby pacman000 » May 3rd, 2018, 6:29 pm

Interest? Yes, but only if it's very cheap; I don't know if there's anything I want to listen to on AM.

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby CaptainCruch » May 4th, 2018, 7:34 am

I like the idea of reviewing those consoles, but we in Europe often have different models... I guess you'll be reviewing the USA editions?

One of my favorite consoles is the 'Wii mini'. It doesn't have access to the internet and you can't use GameCube controllers, but for the rest it's really easy to use and user-friendly. The worst designed console (not counting handhelds... Nokia N-Gage...) I own is probably the Philips CD-i 210... that model is gigantic! Also, it only has one controller-port on the front, the other is on the back. Furthermore the original CD-i remote 'controller' (see picture) deservers a place as worst controller!

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby GTS » May 4th, 2018, 2:55 pm

I like the idea. You may have your hands full, since many consoles have multiple models. You'll also have to consider whether being "big" is a good/bad factor in design.

I personally like the Atari 2600 light sixer, though the controller may hold it back. Also the Genesis Model 1 (without add-ons); very sleek. The Jaguar and NES are some of the worst.

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby Sut » May 4th, 2018, 3:53 pm

I’ve always liked the Saturn, look at it - it looks like a beast, it looks powerful and for me this had the best controllers until the DualShock 4 (I strongly disagree with the Critic on the DS4, I think it’s the best controller yet).
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Worst:
Virtual Boy
C’mon look at the thing it looks more like a torture device than a game system or a scrapped Star Wars droid.

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby lynchie137 » May 23rd, 2018, 2:19 pm

I'm probably gonna get a bit of flack for this, but to me, the Sega Master System gets my vote for one of the worst designed game consoles ever. Sure, it's perfectly functional, and there's a lot of really good games for the system. But I've never really liked the design of the thing, as it just doesn't have that sleek, sexy, cutting edge look that a well designed console should have. Imho, it looks more like a government building than anything else.

Additionally, I'm also not a huge fan of the re-designed version that came out a few years later near the end of the system's life cycle..
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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby scotland » May 23rd, 2018, 4:53 pm

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If you have ever seen Cartoon Network's Regular Show, the two main characters play a Sega Master System.

I like the system. The controller ports are in the front, its a lot more attractive than the NES, and its a top loader.

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby VideoGameCritic » May 23rd, 2018, 6:46 pm

I still don't know what the purpose is of that "flow chart" diagram on front of the Sega Master System. Did they need something to fill that space??

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Re: Best and Worst Console Designs

Postby lynchie137 » May 25th, 2018, 9:44 pm

Quick question for the board: If we're talking about the best and worst designed consoles, should we also extend that to the box cover artwork and the cartridge design is for each console we happen to bring up as well? Just a thought.


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