Back in the day one often didn't have access to all current platforms that were out there, especially in the 80s en 90s. Often we were limited to a single specific system in the home or we dreamt about owning a system/console/platform that seemed beyond our reach. A lot of people made up for that by creating a collection of things we did and didn't have access to back in the day just to fulfill those dreams and hopes of days gone past. A games-room or home-computer collection is the net result of that.
Still it is interesting to see what were the systems you longed for/ wanted to own but didn't back in the day or even today? This video is my answer to this question.
An open TAG by Rhydermike which can be found here.
Wow, now that's interesting. You didn't have a Mega Drive, one of the most ubiquitous consoles in Europe, but you DID have an MSX 2, a rather obscure thing back then? Weird!
Not so much in the Netherlands where I hail from. The Sega console was an expensive device and the games were very costly. The Philips electronics company is based in the Netherlands and home computers like the MSX, ZX Spectrum and the C64 were much more commonly used than any of the consoles. Games were cheaper for them and more readily available.
Considering that, I assume that the Videopac and CD-i would have been good values and attractive options there then, right?
I envied people who had the Amiga 1200/4000s. I never got to experience the AGA graphics. Later, I definitely envied those with high-end PCs with CD-ROMs who could play Myst and all the latest LucasArts games.
I envied people who had the NES for a short-time, and then a bit later, the SMS (the Phantasy Star commercials did it). I was still rocking the ColecoVision and Commodore 64 for a while until I got my first Amiga 500. Really the NES and SMS (and 7800 if you want to count that) were the only generation of systems that I didn't specifically participate in directly when they were primary platforms. Obviously I rectified that later on, but not when it mattered.
I suppose for a short time prior to getting my Commdore 64 I also envied my friend who had an Apple II after seeing Ultima II, but that quickly passed once I did get that C-64, disk drive, and my first game, Impossible Mission (it was toss-up between that and Bruce Lee).
SMS and Phantasy Star was the game that really hooked me back on consoles.. I had my NES, but also had a C-64 at the time and was just moving to the Amiga.. we rented the SMS and Phantsey star, it was an all nighter.. we took turns.. one of the last times the "old crew' did it.. I went out and bought one the next day.. it was a Wizardry/bards tale like game on a console.. I can still remember watching somebody else play and really wishing it was my turn again..
but i would have to say it was the Intellvision.. I had a 2600.. my best friend got an Intellvision.. Indy 500 was great but he Mattel Auto racing looked so much better (while I wont say it was a better game, it sure looked better).. AD&D on Intel vs Adventure on 2600 no contest.. While I was no sports game guy.. Intel had that down.. No, back at the time 2600 had some ok ports of arcade games.. but even today.. I don't like ports.. I could play the arcade games in the arcades, they where never meant to be played for hours.. they where made to suck quarters.. home game consoles had several games you could play for hours.. yars revenge, AD&D, etc.. to this day that envy has translated into the Intellvision being one of my most played on actual hardware consoles.. Astrosmash, Tron Deadly discs, AD&D (both Mysty mt and Treasure Of tarmin) Utopia (if i can find a friend to play) sea battle (again with a friend).. and any of the space shooter games (not the space invader clone) but the Space raiders clones.. with armadas, radar, and bases to defend.. (Space Spartans and Space battle?) I almost bought anotehr one on EABY with a bunch of agems a month ago cuz i didnt want to dig mine out (and I have 2).
Colecovision - seeing Zaxxon and Donkey Kong on shop display models made me drool. Those ports were amazing back in the day.
NeoGeo in the SNES/MD era was a mind blowing concept - the silly game prices just put it into the fantasy league though. Still does!
I worked in Electronics Boutique at the time of that and the 3DO, two of the most outrageously priced videogame systems ever, though I suppose for different reasons. The 3DO was on the shelf for $599.99 (over $900 in today's dollars), and of course, while the Neo Geo AES was high priced for a console, its games were regularly north of $100 (over $150 today), and often quite a bit higher than that. I honestly never considered owning either one, though I sure did want a 3DO based on the early promotional materials (I distinctly remember a cool looking Star Trek TNG game and an EA Hockey game that never came out). At least Panasonic (and eventually Goldstar) was eventually able to get the price down, but of course it was already far too late.
I have large collections for both platforms today, but obviously it's not as impactful as it would have been owning them back then.
The NeoGeo library is quite uninspiring nowadays - can't ever see me getting one now - though I love the idea of the big carts and the controllers. Viewpoint is probably the only game I'd really like to play now - the Ps1 got a port of that but it has its problems.
I still have my PS1 version of Viewpoint in the longbox (no chance of me owning the Neo Geo version -- too pricey). They dramatically improved the graphics and kept the slow down. Unfortunately for me, they didn't ease up on the epic difficulty...