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Please give your opinions, participate, pass on this video topic to others. To all my subscribers and anyone else feel free to participate. Would LOVE VIDEO RESPONSES but at the very least leave a comment. the question is: If you could only have one console or system or computer or handheld, one to collect for and/or play on from now until the end of days WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

The only rule is none of the current generation systems/computers/handhelds or consoles.

So I am EXCLUDING NDSi/PSP/PSPgo/Wii/360/PS3/Modern PC/ModernMAC, all modern and current systems! ANYTHING ELSE PRIOR TO THOSE IS APPLICABLE. I don't care if you choose PS2, Gameboy, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, 3D0, Dreamcast, or friggin Bandai Pippin lol! Give me your choice, your opinion of the one system of choice and please give details as to WHY you make that choice, please back up your choice with reason and details! THANKS IN ADVANCE to all who participate in any way!

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Rowdy Rob
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Some very interesting choices

For me, the key is having a lot of options. The older 8-bit computers were great, but I would go with the Amiga, do to its powerful computing, graphics, and sound capabilities, pretty much giving you unlimited options to keep you entertained. Plus, it had a lot of great games. Limiting myself to 8-bit stuff would put me against the "brick wall" quite often.

The XBox is quite hackable and expandable, and has a fair selection of original games. But the key is the fact that it can EMULATE most of these other platforms, apparently quite effectively. Therefore, I get an NES, SNES, Genesis, arcade, etc., and probably the C-64, Apple, Atari, and possibly Amiga platforms (although I'm just guessing; I haven't checked). Therefore, by choosing the XBOX, you get all these other platforms thrown in as a bonus.

If we throw out emulation as a factor, then I choose the Amiga 4000. Otherwise, the XBOX seems, to me, to be the best all-in-one-boat solution.

P.S. I, too, was "shocked and awed" by the PS1 when I first saw it! "Battle Arena Toshinden" was amazing to look at. I think I saw "Warhawk" also, but in my recollection, I seem to have mistook it as a 3DO game. The PS1 was the first "polygon-era" platform that really wowed me.

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Chris Kennedy
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Gaming, Emulation, etc

I am not sure that I would consider emulation or programming to be a fair option.

Also - has gaming passed its fun stage of evolution? Are we now just seeing the predictable?

I don't have an answer for this yet. I am mostly just reading responses at the moment.

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Bill Loguidice
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Well, first off, I agree

Well, first off, I agree that emulation is not a fair option. If that were the case then we'd all just pick a 1994 era loaded PC and be done with it. Programming should be a fair option though, because we're not just talking games here, but what would be the one and only system you would collect for if you could only collect for one. I think programmability - which allows a person infinite possibilities - would rate high on the list. If programmability weren't something that interested you, then by all means a straight videogame console would be a fine choice.

I don't think gaming has passed its fun stage of evolution. On the contrary, there are some interesting developments on the horizon like Project Natal that we need to see where they lead. Evolution will only stop when we all have holodecks, or more specifically, games constructed in our brains.

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Matt Barton
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I agree about programming,

I agree about programming, productivity, and game development, because that adds on so much. I'm definitely one of those people who would have desperately wanted an Adam if I had owned a Coleco and so on. Even if the tech wasn't that great, at least it gave you creative possibilities you didn't have before. For me, that's important, since I like to create as much as play! Programming that silly text adventure a few years ago using only C++ was so much fun--just as addictive as playing a game. And that game was bad! I can only imagine how much more thrilling it must be to really put the time into making something like Newcoleco's Ghostblasters or Ghislain's Realms of Quest III. To say nothing of the fun Garriott must have had making Ultima or Romero & Cormack making Doom.

One reason I've always disliked consoles is that I felt they were trying to take the creativity out and build a huge wall between developers and gamers. I don't like that at all. That's why I admire those silly "computer add-ons" and such that were big in the 80s; at least they were trying. I just wonder if any major console makers will ever ship units with keyboards.

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Bill Loguidice
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Well, all three current

Well, all three current consoles support keyboards, and the PS3 even supports a mouse natively. The PS3 and Wii support "full" Internet and the Xbox 360 gives you some Internet services, so they really are just more closed computer systems at this point. Being closed in this case is not a bad thing for a primary game machine because you're guaranteed every game works.

Consoles ARE trying in small doses to introduce creativity to the equation, Sony with games like Little Big Planet and games like Blastworks on the Wii. The Xbox 360 is going to have a game construction set out soon (click and place) and already allows anyone to develop games for their platform and sell them.

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