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    I don't have any nostalgia for Pong at all. But, if it's cheap enough, I might buy one for fun.
     
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    We've done it folks. We have found the bottom of the mini consoles barrel.
     
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    wait to we get E.T. mini
     
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    Oh yeah wait till the total recall nes handheld comes after the post apocalyptic war that the robots win damn robots
     
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    Ffs, No 4K UHD!???!? FML!! FTS!!!
     
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    Atari triggering fans since the 70s
     
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    So... my phone is a console, my tv is a console, my pc is a console, my calculator is a console, my watch is a console...
    No, this thing, based on definitions of prior gaming devices, is at best an "electronic tabletop game".
     
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    This is news now on GBAT?
     
  9. AmandaRose

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    None of the things you meantioned are designed to be primarily used for playing video games as you well know. The mini pong is designed as to primarily play a game so it is indeed a console.
     
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    You're being pedantic, and by being so, are defending this trashy release. Jog on...
     
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    Who is this even for? Atari is just all over the place right now.
     
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    First off, Atari stopped being "Atari" in the mid-90s. This is just a shell company that purchased the name. Atari is very, very dead.

    Second, you do realize that Pong was a console in the 1970s and had just the one game, right? You couldn't run ANYTHING else on it. It was literally one game. So all four people who still feel nostalgic for that dreadful little game (and my family purchased a knockoff of it in 1979 by the way) will be satiated by this stupid little device. And for those four people, it won't matter that it only plays that one game.

    But hopefully it can be hacked to play... The other couple of games that will be functional with those two controls.
     
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    ok... so these are consoles...
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    ...and so are these...
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    ...no.
    If you want to simplify the definition of every electronic device that has the primary purpose of playing a game being a console then I'm not going to change your mind... but to me it's akin to calling every passenger vehicle with wheels a car.
    For the vast majority of us a console is defined by the fact that it can play multiple games, and usually (since the early to mid 80's at least - with the exception of "plug & plays") the games for the console can be officially obtained on media (either cartridge, disk, or digital download) to be inserted/installed on the console.
    It may go against your all encompassing definition of what a console is, but this Pong thing is an electronic tabletop game.
     
  15. AmandaRose

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    You know fine well the difference between arcade machines and consoles and yes the single game machines you show above in the grandstand advert are concidered consoles why because electronic tablet tops are concidered as consoles lol.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dedicated_video_game_consoles

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_first_generation_home_video_game_consoles

    Oh look somewhere else also confirming this in there list of consoles.

    http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/pages/20431/Game-Consoles-by-Date/
     
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    Sorry, but you're not proving your argument.
    The first link lists;
    Early dedicated home consoles (1972–1984)
    followed by;
    Early handheld electronic games (1976–present)
    then;
    Retro style dedicated home consoles and handhelds (2001–present)
    ...so there's clear distinction between what's considered a home console and handheld/tabletop electronic games.

    The second link just backs up what I said about systems after the early to mid 80's (as all the systems listed are from before that era - being first generation games consoles).

    And the final link can just be discounted for being amateurish, poorly structured, with a basic lack of facts and info... it has the Sega CDX listed as April 1984!!! It also fails to list the Nuon, Apple Pippin, 3DS, and the Switch, amongst others, but manages to include both the N-Gage and the Laseractive, which by your reckoning aren't consoles they're a phone and a laserdisk player respectively. It also lists the Nvidia Shield, and even describes it as;
    ...so if that's a console so is my phone, tv, tablet, etc
     
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    Atari is just a zombie at this point, they are not capable of rational thought, let alone design a passable product.

    The only use of this thing will be to run other arcanoid type games on it, as the form factor is ok and the control wheel is kind of nice (I own this as add-on for DS though, 3 fun games, but more a gimmick). I bet it will be hacked very fast, looking at the USB port and the fact it's from Atari.
     
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    watch out sony, we got two bars and a square.
     
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    Technically it is, there were video games consoles that did not have interchangeable cartridges/CDs. Some had multiple games built-in, some only had one and some with one but multiple variations. The number of games included is not what defines it as a console. Atari Pong console originally came out in mid 70s
     
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