QOTW: What is your all-time favorite console?

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This week's question:

What is your all-time favorite console?

Which console grabbed you and gave you the biggest, warmest electrical hug of them all? (PC is also acceptable, but tell us about the specific machine!) Why is it your favorite? How did you get it? Did you have to mow lawns, beg your parents? What games or features did you obsess over?

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Last week's question:

What dead company or franchise do you miss the most?

Thanks for the epic participation on our last question! Below are a few of the answers that tickled our collective fancies, but since we can't feature them all here, check out last week's article and forum thread for more...

KREATIVEassassin wrote...
"Working Designs, though I guess Atlus and NIS have kind of filled the void. Back in the day, getting a Working Designs game was a special event. The foil box art and the full color manuals with glossy pages were fantastic and unique. Any time I look at my copy of Popful Mail for Sega CD it gives me the greatest feeling. Like it has a magical hold over me."

Egregious wrote...
"Shenmue and Shenmue II were so full of awkward moments. I'm sure people would hate it today because in a broad sense, all you did was walk around talking to people, buy capsule toys of Sega characters, get into the occasional fight, and play a game or two of Space Harrier. It's also the game, I think, that unfortunately helped to "pioneer" the evil quick-timer event. But among that, I always felt like Shenmue had one of the best stories ever penned for a medium like video games. We just want to know how it ends!"


Aeshir wrote...
"I miss Ecco the Dolphin."



RareHero wrote...
"Sega, obviously. Mikel pretty much hit it on the head, but I'll rant anyway.

Take the Saturn. It was underpowered, difficult to develop for, and (in terms of sales) was a distant third. But Sega never stopped trying. Just the first party titles alone made it the best system of that generation (and in my opinion, one of the best of all time). When they went third party, for about two years they were still putting out AAA titles such as JSRF and Panzer Dragoon Orta. And in the arcades they were unrivaled. Then came the Sammy takeover, and Sega became a shadow of its former self. Unless you live in Japan, they hardly develop anything anymore, and what they do develop always seems to turn out mediocre to terrible.

I'll also take this opportunity to say that Sonic R was great! Once you get past the control issues and the bizarre doll version of Tails it's a good game. "

JackieChantista wrote...
"I cry every morning when I realize my dreams of a new Kid Icarus will never come true."


AntistaLoveBot0069 wrote...
"Id be the happiest little bastard in the world if they made Super N.B.A. Jam Tournament Editon Turbo HD Remix and put it on live. I would never leave my house again. RIP NBA Jam and everyone who put their initials as ASS!"

Ravenbom wrote...
"Factor 5. OK, Lair was awful, but until that point, they had a great track record and Rogue Squadron 2, a launch title for the Gamecube still looks better than 95% of the games on Wii, even some first party titles. And it plays great. Super Turrican was fantastic. Plus they were rumored to be working on Pilotwings and the Kid Icarus Wii that the interwebs has been crying about (myself included) for so long."

Jul 08, 2009

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  • mrl64 - July 24, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    the n64 is my favorite console.why,super smash bros!
  • elchetos - July 15, 2009 2:46 a.m.

    I have to say the PS1. I missed the entire 16 bit generation, it was my first console after the NES. Not only I had a great time playing games with it, and I also learned english (I'm mexican, it helped me avoid getting the funny accent). I played the hell out of MGS and FFVIII, so that helped a lot. It is because of it that I'm writing my undergrad thesis on the useof video games as a teaching tool...
  • LokiRising - July 12, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    Being a total casheless fool, I have always had to be a little creative with my gameing choices. I got a friend's Gameboy Color for free and started playing it constantly. I brought it to my high school, and people started giving me free old school games. I have a pretty decent collection of all these old-school GBC games, free of cost. Better yet, some other punks 'round my school started bringin' the Color back, as a testament to good, old school gamery. Forget touch screen gimickery: I've got Rampage, Pac-Woman, Battle Arena Toshinden and other classicks. It doesn't get better than that.
  • Hydrohs - July 12, 2009 1:44 a.m.

    I'm gonna have to say the GBA. It had a lot of great games in my opinion. It's also the one I've had the longest.
  • Montag - July 11, 2009 12:55 a.m.

    Probably the Atari 2600. Not because it was great or the games were unbelievable but because every time you plugged a cart in at the time you were playing games at the cutting edge. You youngsters have grown up from birth with video games and you'll never know the unadulterated awe the first time you played Tank against your brother on the TV. Seriously you didn't judge it on its graphics, gameplay or sound. You judged it on the fact that there was nothing in the world like it. For a true games console my favourite all time has to be Dreamcast. A console ahead of its time but let down by gamers.
  • ManCow - July 10, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    My favorite console would have to be the N64. If I hadn't tried Goldeneye and then decided that I must own an N64, my life would be hugely different. Nostalgia may not mean that the console was the best, but Perfect Dark is the only game that I've ever pre-ordered.
  • Hobojedi - July 10, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    PC. Wait. Not a console.. :/ Well I had good memories with my friends old SNES.
  • RaIdEn - July 10, 2009 6:29 p.m.

    the n64 was my first console so i should give props to it for getting me started, but a year after i got that i got a ps2 for my birthday. the first games i got were sly cooper and the thievius racoonus and atv offroad fury. i had a blast playing sly cooper with its simple gameplay, great story, amazing characters and cartoony graphics it was like camp love..................... and the first time i found the invisible wall in atv it scared the crap out of me and my brother. and now im a playstation man, but im cool with the other systems
  • FourMe2PoopOn - July 10, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    The dollar store, race car game. Oh my god.... I can't even explain the way I feel about that thing, pressing left and right to dodge the other cars, then winning the race, nothing else can compare. On top of it all, it only cost a dollar. Lets not forget about the graphics....beautiful.
  • Naikori - July 10, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    Dreamcast. In my opinion, if had tons of great games, like Soul Calibur, Powerstone 1 and 2, NFL 2K, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, and Quake III Arena, just to name a few. It also had some pretty good graphics for its time, as well as online play.
  • IronGuy410 - July 10, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    PS3 4EVER!!!
  • Harmon20 - July 10, 2009 3:12 a.m.

    oh, and Tony Hawk. and Pokemon stadium. Good times.
  • Harmon20 - July 10, 2009 3:10 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but I'm going with the Nintendo 64. Seriously. All of my best memories come from that system. Mario 64, Both Zeldas, Mario Kart, The original Super Smash Bros., Both Banjo-Kazooies, Donkey Kong 64, Goldeneye AND Perfect Dark, Kirby 64, Diddy Kong Racing (I guess. I just liked the planes XD), Mario Party (first one) and the fact that Rare was with nintendo then... the list just goes on. Good memories, good times. runner up: Gamecube. Why? 3 words: Tales of Symphonia. ^_^
  • GROVEsidaz13 - July 10, 2009 2:26 a.m.

    probly the sega genesis
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - July 10, 2009 2:20 a.m.

    Gameboy advance. I will always remember waking up on christmas morning and finding it and a copy of fire emblem. I will also always remember lending it to my brother 2 weeks later and having him LOSE IT. It will be missed.
  • MGS4SolidSnake - July 10, 2009 2:17 a.m.

    this is very unpopular but i love my psp...everybody says its sucks but i can use it to watch movies, listen to music, and plays games..despite what everybody says there are several very good games, and it does all that other stuff..i also liked the ps3, ps2, and 360 but the psp is makes long trips bearable
  • Life - July 10, 2009 1:59 a.m.

    I'd have to say the Nintendo 64. I put so many hours in with friends, because we always played multiplayer, playing 'JACKASS' in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, competing for the best times in Mario Kart, and yelling at each other loudly because my Charizard could totally kick your Mewtwo's butt! We held Smash Bros. tournaments, played the obscure Beetle Adventure Racing (supreme graphics, and THE BEST racer on N64), and beat up those stupid punks who said the PS1 was "better". Now I look at my small Jungle Green machine, knowing that it's been almost 10 years, and it's time is limited. Such a sad thing indeed.
  • AntistaIsTheLight - July 10, 2009 1:08 a.m.

    The Nintendo 64...Back when men were men and Nintendo was hardcore.Conker and F-zero were great.
  • phoenix_wings - July 9, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    SUPER NEEENTENDOOOO! I get really excited over just about any console that I own (including the Wii) but the SNES was the console that I owned for the longest time. Everybody else was basking in the glow of the N64, I still had my old SNES--tried and true. When I first got it, it came with Super Mario World, and there was an offer for Super Mario All-Stars. Those two games ate up so much of my childhood years I'm surprised my television died of a bad picture tube rather than obesity.
  • Ckncakeee2 - July 9, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    Definately the GameCube. It was the system i grew up on (im almost 14) and it sported great and addicting titles, like Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion, NFS: Most Wanted, Star Fox Adventures, Super Mario Baseball, and many more that i still own and play today. And the controllers are unique and easy to use, too.

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