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The 10 Worst Videogame Consoles

PCWorld.com has a slideshow showcasing ten videogame market failures and the reasons for their downfall. What’s interesting about this slideshow is that the usual suspects are not present. Nowhere will you see the Virtual Boy or 32x. Benj Edwards from VintageComputing.com has chosen some very obscure bits of hardware to feature in his slideshow.

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Since the appearance of the first video game console–the Magnavox Odyssey–in 1972, dozens of companies have tried their hands at crafting successful and lucrative game platforms. Each new machine brought with it the promise of a compelling, novel gaming experience, but the vast majority failed miserably to deliver. For every blockbuster like the NES, the Atari 2600, or the Sony PlayStation, there are a bunch of duds that never made it far in the marketplace. And for good reasons: Some of the consoles I’ve listed here were ridiculously overpriced, some were woefully underpowered, some worked only with a stable of pathetically bad games. And a special few possessed every one of those characteristics.

I don’t want to be uncharitable, though. Even the worst console here had at least one redeeming quality (well, maybe not the RCA Studio II), so I’ve tried to point out the bright spots in this otherwise dark and melancholy history.

Spotted at VintageComputing.com.

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