You should've put up some notice of warning not to attack other people's opinion, instead of excluding current generation from the list.
Current generation excluded as not to induce any flame wars.
As i believe this Generation (both parties) has been warranted as being the worst. Ever.
I appoligise for going against what you stated but..
i can't even think how peoples choices could be anything different other than current gens.
I've owned both consoles and supported both, and have been frustrated beyond belief on both.
Gone are the good old days of just putting in a game and playing.
Now we're forced to worry about Reliability and has even branched off its own trademark of either RROD or YLOD. And, we're forced to pay (depending of) JUST to play a Multiplayer section when even still having the game not run properly and/or hacked etc.
We're forced to install some games by how it was made and/or take the workload off the disc drive aswell as using up hdd space which can in return dictate what to store (download, updates, contect, etc) and when to play.
And, of course Patches (especially Day 1 FFS!!), We're forced to put up with lazy devs where they're more concerned in releasing an unfinished product than delay and make sure games run at working/acceptable standard (ie: Online, SP, Codes, etc).
And of course worring about Sercurity. Passwords, Codes, Hacking....."oh my......"
The only thing i'll give this Gen credit for is "but, the Graphics...."
I've NEVER had any problem and worries with older consoles minus maybe a bad laser on Playstation, and blowing dust out of a cartridge on MegaDrive.
And, i for one would wish we could only have to worry about these minor probs for todays consoles.
I remember Playing MegaDrive Road Rash, not having a care in the world except playing the game and smashing my opponent.
Where am i today?
In a thread writing my opinion in a thread about todays Consoles rather then playing a specific game or raving about.
Just my opinion of course.
And, it's not all doom and gloom but i'm just keeping ontopic with the subject at hand.
Kind of regret the 360, just haven't spent much time with it, not much else though. I have a Sega CD and haven't used it much, but I also found it for $20 at a garage sale (with a Genesis model 2) so not a bad buy.
I don't think I'll be participating in the next generation.
Ditto on everything, except I already sold my XBOX360 and Wii.
All three current gen consoles, honestly. Both my 360 and Wii only ever get turned on to play games for the Xbox and GameCube respectively(should've just bought used, I can get both systems now for ~$20), and my PS3 is a glorified Blu-Ray player/Netflix viewer. Haven't played a 360/PS3/Wii game in ages.
I don't think I'll be participating in the next generation.
I purchased mine in early 2009 and hold it in the same high regard that I did my OG X-box purchase back in the day, compared to my PS2. There are experiences on the PS3 that I simply cannot have anywhere else, and even those that exist to an extent on other consoles just feel different.
My answer may surprise some folks: Dreamcast.
But not because I thought it was crap. Rather, I was one of those guys who never kept his old consoles once the new ones came out. When I purchased my PS2, I eventually gave my Dreamcast to my nephew. After I realized what I had done, I quickly purchased a replacement, and had the time of my life, replaying all of my old favorites. But the excitement quickly faded and I gave that console to my sister. And then I realized what I had done, and...well, you get the idea.
I kept chasing that feeling of excitement that I first had when playing Sega's last, great, fuck-awesome console, but could never get it back. Thus my regret: knowing that eventually (at least 5 times that I can recall), I'd just get bummed that it was the over, and get rid of the thing.
Even my NeoGeoPocket Color was an awesome purchase, and I owned it for about a year (as long as it lasted).
I didnt get the playtime hours i had hoped. I also bought it 2 months before the price drop. so yeah, with minor regret that i do not hold against it, the Go is my answer.
SEGA CD - The only games I really enjoyed were Sonic CD, PANIC!, and Jurassic Park.
CD-I - I got one to play the exclusive Zelda games. *sigh*
XBOX 360 - I got a used Japanese 360 for 50% off about 6 months after launch to play Dead Rising (which was great). I played a handful of games between then and 2008 and then I didn't play a single 360 game for 2 years. I got a Slim US 360 last fall to catch up on a few exclusives (like Alan Wake), but I'm still not a huge fan of the system.
Now that I think about it, picking up the GCN at launch was a horrible decision too. Luckily I never picked up the N64 at launch and waited till the green DK64 version that arrived later. Yep, I'm never picking up a Nintendo console at launch, it's just so hard to resist when they release that 1 nintendo title, but then there is a drought of games for months and months.
In my humble opinion nintendo at launch died with the snes.
My 360 however has been collecting dust ever since I got it. I'm thinking of selling it after the Wii U drops.
The closest would be the Wii, simply because there have been fewer than ten games of interest to me on the platform, but I'm still glad I got it.
(because people love to complain about them smh)
Its too (retro/ugly/bad sounding/not made by Sega),
I hate the (blocky/2 button/gray) controller, console is too (gray/old/for Nintenfans/looks like a VCR).
The graphics... (are to modern/are too blocky/aren't colorful/Genesis does what Nintendont),
the music is (shit/muted/too orchestrated/Genesis does what Nintendont)
and it was a letdown because (no 3d/no rainbow buttons/no Sonic/Genesis does what Nintendont).
I regret this purchase because (3d Mario is for nerds/atomic purple is a ugly color/no games/Rare is dead to me)
and because the controller (has 3 handles/one analog stick/caused me to get arthritis in my fingers/rumble, more like lolumble).
I have tears on my face because (it has a handle/smash brothers isn't a real fighting game/worst mario and zelda/mini-dvd's)
and it (METAL GEAR?/didn't have good online/wasn't called the ps2/controller is uncomfortable).
I was bored with it because (it had less good games then the Dreamcast/good Mario games don't matter/LOLGRAPHICS/wasn't dudebro enough)
and because of (the waggle/the lack of online/virtual console sucks/I have no friends).
Will do handhelds later....Enjoy!
I guess my only regret was gameboy micro. I think it took a step backward from the SP since the clamshell design of the SP protected the screen. The micro's little plastic face plates would scratch so easily in your pocket and that was the screen you had to look through to play.
Anyways, I probably regret the PSP as the last couple years I haven't touched the thing until I sold it before the Vita came out. Also, the Sega CD was a regret. I only had like three games and I didn't like them much. I never even bothered to get Sonic CD either.
I'm not buying a console just for platformers, give me more genres and less party games. Oh, and a good online structure. They better get their shit together for Wii U.
To all the Wii haters, the system is awesome. Where else are you going to get a million old school styled games like 2d platformers, plus all the other great Nintendo games?
And as a console, I'm a bit disapointed in my PS3, just based on Sony's decisions. I'm worried mine will die soon, and it's one of the BC models. If I could buy another that had PS2 BC I wouldn't be worried, but now I can't. I feel like a LOT of Sony's choices this gen have turned me off from them as a company, and that effects how I feel about their products. Same with the Vita. I won the Vita. If I had bought it, I'd be PISSED. It has some of the same flaws that the PS3 does in terms of games, the lack of on board memory, fucking installs, etc. What's ironic about the Sony stuff is I LOVED all their previous stuff. PSOne, fucking amazing. PS2, fucking amazing. PSP, pretty damn great. Yet the thing that interests me most about their current systems is my ability to play my older games, both PSOne and PSTwo, and their new systems just don't have that. That's very disappointing to me. The PS3 would edge out my Xbox in terms of play time if I wasn't so worried the thing would break, and I'd have to fall back on emulation to play old PS2 titles. My Vita would be fucking awesome if it would play the PSOne classics, because that screen is so amazing. I don't want to go back to playing shit on my PSP when I have a Vita, but I have to because there is no UMD support, and I don't want to buy all my old shit again. And it won't play PSOne games.
Again, maybe that's an issue with me, but it feels like out of every company right now, Sony has ignored what's made it so successful in the past, the games that have been available on their platforms. They've taken away peoples peoples options. It's great that the PS3 plays PSOne games, fucking awesome. But now it won't play PS2 games, which TOTALLY SUCKS.
The Xbox 360's BC support is laughable but I can't think of one game that's on the original Xbox that I'd want to play now. I can think of a SHIT LOAD of titles between the PSOne and PSTwo that I'd like to play in some form on new hardware. I've bought plenty of new games too, but none really speak to me like the old ones.
The only real reason my PS3 gets used is for bluray and older games, besides the new shit like Uncharted, 3-D Dot Game Heroes, and GoW. And Valkyria Chronicles. So I don't regret getting it, but with how Sony's handled this gen I won't be on board for the next one unless they change some shit dramatically. If there's no PS3 BC I can't say I'll care. If they built in PS2 BC though, I'd be there day one. lol
The lesson I've learned from this is that I'm not going to be putting much money in new consoles going forward. There's no reason to be an early adopter. I was almost a 3DS early adopter. Look at what happened there. I got lucky and won a Vita, and it isn't delivering what I want. With all this talk of anti second hand systems on the horizon, I can't see myself jumping on board. Xbox live is chock full of ads about shit I don't care about, and PSN sucks. Maybe I'm just getting too old. lol
Worst console I've owned to date. Its also the most disappointing console of all time. I still can't believe what a joke it turned out to be after a promising start. Oh well, lesson learned, PS/PC in the future.
Edit: bah, PSP as well. Never should have bought it.
Because it didn't, 360 and Wii. Wii just doesn't have games anymore, and 360 has become an unreliable (on my 3rd technically) adbox with inferior multiplat compared to PC. PS3 gets used as a blu-ray player and for a few exclusives through late gen (uncharted 3, god of war, last of us). PS3 also is a sufficient Netflix box until my current PC graduates to comfy couch HTPC next year, and PS3 doesn't have ads to get to Netflix or (?) require Gold to use it which is bullshit.
EDIT: Sad brofist Firebrand.
At least with the Wii I had some fun getting Dolphin up and running and then traded it in to replace my dead Xbox 360 for almost a direct swap with a great deal at EBGames at the time. The recent jRPG's have been great too.
nes, snes, genesis, psone, n64, dreamcast, ps2, gamecube, and ps3 are definitely worth it for me.