The other day I was writing an article on what the most influential consoles of all time might be, and it occured to me that, infallible though my own opinion is, other people may disagree!
So, what do you reckon are the top five games consoles in terms of influence? They should have made a lasting impact on the medium, preferably one that can still be felt, rather than just your personal favourite.
I chose the following:
1) PlayStation - for popularising gaming with new audiences and making the CD-ROM a standard storage medium.
2) N64 - for the analogue stick.
3) NES - for resurrecting the home console after the crash.
4) Mega Drive - for breaking the Nintendo monopoly (though I regret adding this one; something like the Dreamcast or the Xbox for online functionalitywould have been more appropriate I think).
5) Odyssey - the genesis.
Meh, I'd put the 360/ps3 in there somewhere, and I wouldn't number them. For me for example, I think the analogue stick is more important than CD's.
On the contrary, as the N64 found out to it's detriment, the cartridge was a dead medium by the fifth generation. Things like the Sega Mega CD and the Saturn might have got there first, but the PS1 was far more popular and legitimised the medium, even as PC games were still being distributed on floppy discs.
PC games on floppy? C'mon, maybe 20% or so, but I played a lot of old games on CD (all the way back to games from 1995).
The problem with PCs and new storage mediums is that publishers have to bear in mind that not everybody will upgrade their drives at the same time. How many of us have a Blu-ray player on our PCs now, for example?
Definitely the original Xbox for Halo, twere it not Halo then some of the most successful FPS console game series of all time would not exist today would they?
Mr. Matt;5410781The problem with PCs and new storage mediums is that publishers have to bear in mind that not everybody will upgrade their drives at the same time. How many of us have a Blu-ray player on our PCs now, for example?[/QUOTE]
That's true, I don't know anyone with a Blu-ray player for their computer. I want one though, but it isn't really necessary since my PS3 can locate movies and music on my computer.
[QUOTE=Authuran;5410805]Definitely the original Xbox for Halo, twere it not Halo then some of the most successful FPS console game series of all time would not exist today would they?
Oh I'm sure they would, Call of Duty already existed, along with others, and they would have went to console with or without Halo. Halo may have been the first famous FPS on console, but I wouldn't say it paved the way for more FPS games.
Anyway... in no specific order:
PS3: Had hardware way ahead of it's time, sure it took a few years, but now developers know what they can do, and don't have the same kind of limits. Now developers won't be afraid to experiment with the next generation hardware, even though learning new hardware is quite hard I would imagine.
N64: For introducing the analog stick.
Can't really come up with much, I'd add the Gamecube in there, but it really didn't do anything that amazing, but it did have some of the most amazing games.
I'd say Atari's Home Pong would have to be in there. Sure, it isn't a true console, the Magnavox Odyssey came first and Atari pretty much stole the pong idea from it, but Home Pong was the first commercially successful video game console. It sold 150,000 units during the 1975 Christmas season alone, eventually reaching over a million (Odyssey sold 330,000 ever) and spurred companies like Nintendo to enter the console market.
PS2 is still the best-selling console of all time, so it definately deserves that top-spot. It beat out the original Xbox and the Gamecube, and was the first console I ever bought, and I still play it to this day. I'm pretty sure the PS2's been out for 10 or 11 years too.
Sadim-Al-Bouncer;5410864PS2 is still the best-selling console of all time, so it definately deserves that top-spot.
But what was so influential about the console itself? Selling more than any other competitor doesn't mean that the console itself was a big influence on consoles, console and non-console gaming etc.
Personally, I'm going for the Gameboy. Portable gaming in the size of something that could fit into a pocket. It pretty much owned that portion of the market until the DS came out.
Never had one myself. Had a Sega Game Gear instead. color screen ftw!