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Shek
11 Dec 08,, 14:39
Obviously, the newer video game systems out there have better graphics, sound, etc., so this question is slightly different.

Which system was the most innovative and why?

Tarek Morgen
11 Dec 08,, 14:46
most innovative? The Intellivision. 16 bit (first one), voice synthesis and you could even download games! And quite a few other innovations.

But the most influential was the NES. It did not really much new, but was good at what it did (including marketing), and had the best controller.

edit: uhm when I wrote that there where only the first 4 options there. But my point still stands.

crooks
11 Dec 08,, 14:53
Of the ones on the list I voted N64 primarily because two of the most important aspects of modern video games (analog stick and 3D graphics) were pioneered to the mainstream on it.

Also, definetly agree with tarek about NES, and heads up for ma main man the dreamcast, first console with a reasonable online component, and I loved the VGAs :))!

Dreadnought
11 Dec 08,, 15:11
Pong. For without it the world would not have been entertained until these later generation systems appeared. IMO Pong started it all. Opps showing a little bit of age here.:redface:

Taurkon
11 Dec 08,, 16:09
Intellivision, followed by the Atari 2600 (which actually preceeded the Intellivision). I was actually considering downloading an Intellivision emulator the other day just so I could play Sea Battle again. :)

Jay
11 Dec 08,, 16:13
I would say Wii. It just revolutionized the gamer computer interaction like never before.

Older consoles had some of the features already, but Wii took it to a new level.

From Golf to Guitar Hero to Fit to learning systems, its just phenomenal.

Not to mention they sold 800,000 Wii's for thanksgiving :tongue:

Southie
11 Dec 08,, 16:38
Pong. For without it the world would not have been entertained until these later generation systems appeared. IMO Pong started it all. Opps showing a little bit of age here.:redface:

I'm going to have to show my age and agree with Dreadnought...Pong started everything off! :biggrin:

Is Real
11 Dec 08,, 16:56
I chose the playstation but what I wanted to choose was the ps2.
It was in my opinion the first next gen system. Just games like "Scarface and Black" you didn't see stuff like that before.
You kind of got the sense of where games were going after that.

gunnut
11 Dec 08,, 21:51
I don't see Nintendo DS as one of the choices.

NDS demonstrated that interactive game play is more important than high end graphics.

Hardware spec wise, NDS does not come close to PSP. PSP even has built in browser and a media player. NDS looked down right pathetic. But interactive games and fun to play games ultimate won the day. It had a strong influence on the Wii. Nintendo realized that a lower powered system CAN beat a state of the art machine if the games are fun.

Nintendo actually makes money on the sales of the Wii console. Microsoft roughly breaks even on the 360. Sony loses money on every single PS3 sold.

By the way, the DS in Nintendo DS doesn't stand for dual screen. It stands for "developer's system." It was a project on back burner when Sony announced the PSP.


Hey...I don't see any Sega systems. The Dreamcast was a phenomenal machine for its day. A full year (technologically) ahead of PS2 and Xbox.

Tarek Morgen
11 Dec 08,, 22:17
btw: for those who don't know him yet might want to take a look at the Angry Video Game Nerd.

http://www.cinemassacre.com/new/?page_id=18

He..reviews old games and consoles. But beware, some of the videos contain mild swearing.

jame$thegreat
11 Dec 08,, 23:23
As much as I prefer the Xbox 360, Wii is definitely more innovative.

omon
12 Dec 08,, 06:28
i,d say wii, user interface, isn,t like in any other console, grafics not the best, but no big deal, you actually play wii, not just move thumbs.
i have ps2 and like 40games sitting collecting dust for few years now, wii, i play, very often, and i only have 1 game.

gunnut
13 Dec 08,, 05:02
i,d say wii, user interface, isn,t like in any other console, grafics not the best, but no big deal, you actually play wii, not just move thumbs.
i have ps2 and like 40games sitting collecting dust for few years now, wii, i play, very often, and i only have 1 game.

Let me guess...Wii Sport? :biggrin:

Parihaka
13 Dec 08,, 05:35
Wii. It's the first baby steps to full 3d participation games. Everything previous were just variations on monopoly.

omon
13 Dec 08,, 07:42
Let me guess...Wii Sport? :biggrin:

yes, that is the one:biggrin:

Tom Guntrip
18 Jan 09,, 11:14
It has to be the Wii, as its is motion sensitive and the controls are brilliant.

Inst
18 Jan 09,, 13:04
Isn't the Wii supposed to be filled with crappy games?

tankie
18 Jan 09,, 13:19
P S 2 was good in its time . I hope to take delivery of one soon .;) But i have not seen the wii in action as yet .A pub in Barrow has Wii nights , must go look see .

Freeloader
19 Jan 09,, 02:57
It's the original X Box actually. Here's why:

While the Nintendo Wii controller is innovative, the system itself is last gen. The games are a mass of mediocrity and a few standouts.

The Xbox, the first one, introduced something taht has changed console gaming forever. That something was "Xbox live". Now while downloading demos and videos was common on the Pc, for consoles, this was new. This was entirely new, and many of the "console only" gamers loved it. As more and more people subscribed to Xbox live, they discovered the joys of playing online, and with a headset at that. The first game to do this flawlessly, was Halo 2. When Halo 2 landed, masses of people were connecting to play with one another flawlessly, and with near perfect voice communication. As XBL continues, virtually every game I own is playable online, has downloadable content, or a demo to try. In addition, it has expanded to allow some "quirky" yet very cool games called "x box live arcade" to be purchased cheap. Some older games with a remake, some entirely new, and many very, very good.

Nintendo Wii as a system didn't do anything. The controller is cool, but it's a gimmick. I can game without a TV remote for a game controller. I hate to game without X box live. The fact nobody else voted for the original X box is surprising, but this place isn't a heavy gamer forum :p

Honorable mention to the original Playstation. It introduced CD format and FMV cutscenes, as well as dual analog.

ghostkru
22 Jan 09,, 14:52
my choice isn't here

it should be the GAME BOY

it introduced the idea of portable gaming with it's portability and popularized Tetris, one of the first "casual games". in doing so, it really brought gaming our of the arcades and living rooms into everyday life.

TexasAggression
01 Feb 09,, 03:35
Well, imo, It's a tie between the PS1 and the Xbox. The PS1 introduced a marvelous controller, cd's, and decent 3d graphics. the N64 did 1 of those things, and although it's controller was good, the ps1 controller is STILL being used. I chose the Xbox because of it's unrivaled online play. It introduced superb online capability to the console audience, pissing of pc gamers everywhere. Hell, Xbox 1 online is better than freakin PS3 online, and the wii's is horrible.