Monday, October 28, 2013

Hardware Collecting, Part 2

So... yeah, I might be a little obsessed with this little hobby of mine.  But before I launch into an update on the status of my collection, I'm going to revise my classification scheme here.  It strikes me as a little odd that both the Atari 2600 and the Atari 5200 are considered "2nd generation" game consoles.  It's the sort of thing that makes you go, "wuh?" because of how counter-intuitive it is.  Besides, properly speaking, Pong consoles (like Atari Pong, Coleco Telstar, and Magnavox Odyssey) aren't true home computer games, so calling them "1st console generation" doesn't make any kind of sense to me.  These are proto video game consoles, a primitive ancestor of the real thing.  I would rather exclude these consoles from the classification system altogether, and split what's currently called the 2nd generation into 1st generation (1977-1979) home computer games and 2nd generation home computers games (1980-1983).  It makes more sense: this way, the 1st generation of game consoles includes the Atari 2600 and its similar contemporaries, the Fairchild Channel F, Bally Astrocade, and Maganvox Odyssey 2.  The 2nd generation includes all of those systems with improved graphics and keypad controllers (or some other gimmick) meant to compete with the Atari 2600: the Intellivision, Colecovision, Emerson Arcadia, Atari's own 5200, and the MB Vectrex.  (The RCA Studio II is so shitty that it probably belongs in the 0th generation category along with Pong and Telstar machines.)