3DO M2 Development System on eBay!

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Bill Loguidice
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Wow, right now there is a development system for the unreleased 3DO M2 system on eBay. Great photos! (I especially like how the dev console looks) This was supposed to be the follow-up to the 3DO platform, but ultimately never saw release as the 3DO company sold their assets to Matsushita and then focused on software development, which they did somewhat successfully for a short time before going the way of the dodo. I assumed Matsushita never did much with the tech - which was fairly sophisticated - other than perhaps using it in some interactive kiosks. Wikipedia has additional info, though, including how the tech was used in some of Konami's Japanese arcade machines and how it's still in use today! I guess you learn something new every day. If you're curious, you may want to check out the listing ASAP, because selling dev systems is generally frowned upon as they're generally legal properties of their distributing companies.

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Bill Loguidice
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No, Chris, I'm not going to

No, Chris, I'm not going to bid on it. If I had that kind of money, there would be several other things I would have gotten already, including a Keyboard Component for the Intellivision.

I actually have an extensive 3DO collection. Though I never owned it when it first came out (I worked in Electronics Boutique at the time and still remember it retailing for $699.99), I always admired it, and in fact rented it back then. As much as the Atari Jaguar fanboys want to argue against it, the 3DO was the class of that in-between generation of systems (and I have an extensive Jaguar collection too, but it's clear to me which system has the better library).

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Chris Kennedy
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Well...

So since nobody bid on it, are you going to make him an offer?

Of many of the failed CD systems (CDI, Sega CD, Jaguar, 3DO, etc), I would actually say that 3DO had a few charms in its library. In no way am I going to compare it to the playstation, of course. But for early 90s CD-based games (when they were figuring out what they were doing), the 3DO wasn't too bad. The Wing Commander ports weren't too shabby, and the Flightstick.

If you don't take yourself seriously, there are some hilarious FMV games out there to play. I am looking to finish up The Daedalus Encounter fairly soon.

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