Most-Expensive Consoles – Vidjagame Apocalypse 497

This week, we take a look at five of the most sophisticated, fantastically expensive gaming devices ever released – you know, the ones the really rich kid at your school had – with font of knowledge Dan Amrich, who also tells us quite a lot about his involvement with Atari 50, which is out now. Then we’ll get into God of War and Sonic Frontiers, highlights from the Nintendo Indie Showcase, and your favorite videogame trilogies of all time.

Question of the Week: Is there a kind of videogame nostalgia that you don’t share – either because it was before your time, or just something you missed while it was happening – but still find intriguing? Tell us about it.


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6 thoughts on “Most-Expensive Consoles – Vidjagame Apocalypse 497

  1. QotW: If you haven’t watched Hi Score Girl on Netflix man does it ever explore a nostalgia you can’t emulate. Sure I played Street Fighter and Final Fight on the Genesis and arcades. I can emulate the PC Engine almost instantly if I ever want to for some reason. However I’ll never be able to create the feeling the series’ author Rensuke Oshikiri depicts of existing in suburban Japan being called a degenerate for hanging out in dingy arcades all day when those games were new.

  2. Qotw: Being born in 97′ the age of the arcade is something that I have no connection to at all but have found fascinating since I was very little. My parents, who are both in their 50s now, were the prime age to experience the golden age of the arcade. I would sit starry eyed and listen to them tell stories about their local arcade/pizza place called “Pizza Barn” and playing Ms. Pac-Man on a cocktail cab, Space Invaders, and my moms favorite Millipede all while smoming cigarettes from the nearby vending machine. Something about the communal nature and going to a specific place just to be able to enjoy something I had in my bedroom makes me yearn for that time gone by.

  3. QotW: Trying to keep in-faith with the question a little – It’s strange to hear nostalgia from people around your same age about game systems you never owned and invested in. Perhaps you got to experience the joys of the various Final Fantasy playstation games, but you only ever played Halo once or twice on a friends system and never got to have it “click” for you at all. It seems 90s console gaming has much more nostalgia and more fans than PC gaming in the same era, ease of accessibility I suppose. Not everyone had a father working in IT who not only owned a semi-decent PC but could write you an autoexecute disk to allow you to load a game up before DOS booted and hogged all the RAM.

    In any case what is great is the ability of things like VGA to have their hosts passionately share their stories from across countries, time periods and platforms. Hearing about what the NES and Mario craze of the late 80s is like from 40-something-year-olds puts a smile on my face, in my own case that similar experience was Pokemon in the late 90s which I’m sure makes some people feel like old creaky men but is itself an unknown for those born in the later 90s. The cycle continues!

    Probably listening whilst driving a mining truck in remote Western Australia

  4. QotW: while they weren’t before my time, games like Doom, and similar games were never really available to me when they came out, as my parents weren’t super hot on video-games in general and violent games in particular, particularly for an impressionable two-to- five year old.

    Even when I grew up and my folks weren’t as worried about game violence, I was still mostly a console gamer and never really experienced the golden age of PC FPS’s, but always heard about them, Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Redneck Rampage, and so on.

    It’s only in the last few years, entering my 30’s and with a spiffy new gaming computer I’ve been able to revisit the “Boomer shooters” playing Doom, Quake and Blood and loving them to death. The fast-paced, bullet spraying power-fantasy tickling my adrenal gland in a way CoD rarely did. Amusingly this also correlates with the new retro-throwback shooters that’re coming out on a monthly basis, so it looks like I’ll be eatin good for a while yet.

  5. QotW: The Neo Geo Pocket and Pocket Color, hands down. I am nearly 30 now and grew up playing Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. I think I saw one Sega Game Gear and one Neo Geo Pocket during my entire childhood, but nothing could kill the Game Boy. As I have grown and become fascinated with video game history, I was tempted to check out the Neo Geo Pocket Color (I believe this podcast had something to do with it) and boy, oh boy, what a system. The thing gets 40 hours of battery life on 2 AA batteries. The library, although limited, is mostly great titles with excellent sprite work. As a TCG fan, Card Fighters Clash was so good, I had to beat it on both versions…and who knew portable fighting games could be so good?

    Although I may not have appreciated it as much when I was younger, I am definitely in love with this handheld. I am so glad that the Switch ports are keeping these games alive for new audiences, but nothing beats the battery life and the clicky stick of the original hardware.

  6. QotW: I was born in 91 but have massive nostalgia for the NES because my parents had one and by the time I knew to want games, they were cheap at rental stores who were moving on or even given to us free by parents’ coworkers.

    The real bit I’m curious of though, is people who are nostalgic for Master System. It had such a werid distribution model and it seems like almost chance that someone would have ended up with one. I found mine at a local thrift store in 2010. My market is so small I can barely imagine the Nintendo section from back then (likely only at Sears or Kmart) and I just can believe the Master System ever had a presence here. I still wonder how it got here, and how the pre-Genesis Sega kids remember that time.

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