Great Video Game Consoles

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Video game consoles have come light years in the last 40 years. Today, gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry with the Playstation 3, Xbox, iPhone and many others, not to mention online gaming. These days, the best video game consoles have the capability of rendering many millions of polygons each second, and the modern systems make the old ones look like relics from another age. But there is no doubt that some of the early video game consoles laid the foundation for where we are today. Some of the all-time great consoles are listed below.

Nintendo Gameboy – 1989

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This beauty was first brought onto the market in 1989 and many people thought it would totally flop. It was big and the screen was pretty bad. It also took AA batteries and was fairly heavy. but this groundbreaking handheld game outdid the rivals that had better technology, such as the Sega Game Gear. A big part of its success was that in came in at only $89 and it had some fantastic games, such as Tetris and Super Mario Land.

Playstation 1 – 1994

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The Playstation 1 was not anything particularly earth shattering as far as its technology; the CD-based game system had been around for a few years. The big thing about the Sony, though, was that it seemed to be more of a grown up gaming system, both in its appearance, and in the type of games that were available. Gaming really started to enter its adult phase with the Playstation 1.Great games included Metal Gear and Resident Evil.

Sega Genesis – 1989

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Sega made a strong leap into the future with the Genesis because of its new CD-based game system, and also because it had a lot of great games, such as Afterburner, Outrun and Strider, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog. It was not particularly advanced in its technology, but it had some good games; it sported the great Mortal Kombat series of games as well.

Microsoft Xbox – 2005

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The Xbox was not particularly innovative for its time, but it is high on the list of great consoles because of the Xbox Live. The online platform that this system came with really broke new ground in online gaming and brought them into the future. The Live portion created an entirely new hub where gamers could play each other, and also stream movies and also buy games.

Nintendo – 1985

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This is the big game system that really made just about every child a game fan in the 1980s. The NES had so many games available in so many categories that it really did have something for everyone. Of course, you can never forget that this box brought into being the hugely influential Super Mario Brothers. This system was so popular in the late 1980s that it was extremely difficult to find them at Christmas time.

Sega Dreamcast – 1999

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Most people do not remember the Dreamcast, so they might make the mistake of thinking that it was not a good system. Oh you would be sorely mistaken! Many experts think this is one of the greatest systems of all time, in terms of its technology and games. The Dreamcast had a fantastic library of games and all sorts of innovations on the tech side.

This system had games like Shenmue, Jet Grind Radio, Space Channel 5 and so much more. There were such an odd mix of interesting games, there has not been another system that has anything like it.

The system had an ethernet jack that allowed you to play online and it even let you surf the web. In the end the system was done in by the coming of the PS2, but the Dreamcast was the grandfather of a lot of the great systems that came later.

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