thaddius' Console Roast 2014 Edition - Round 16 - FINAL

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by thaddius, Jun 6, 2014.

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FINAL ROUND! What is GBATemp's least favourite gaming device?

Poll closed Jun 13, 2014.
  1. The Tiger R-Zone

    216 vote(s)
    48.4%
  2. The Phillips CD-i

    230 vote(s)
    51.6%
  1. thaddius
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    Welcome back to thaddius’ Console Roast 2014 Edition. For those of you who are not aware this is a poll where you, the GBATemp user, get to vote on what GBATemp thinks is the worst console ever is. For more information check out the Rules section below.

    Recap:
    No huge surprises here, right? Last week’s winner is:
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    The Phillips CD-i! Congratulations Phillips!

    The Phillips CD-i is officially GBATemp’s least favourite console!

    This one wasn’t even a contest; almost half of you voted for it! Unlike the first semi-final round there was nothing that could catch up to the CD-i, and for good reason! Congrats Lady-Temps and Gentle-GBAs, you made a good decision.

    Anyway: rules!

    Rules:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Enough of that crap, time to get started!

    Intro:
    We whittled down through the generations, through 39 consoles, through 25 handhelds, met some we’d never heard of, championed those we favourited, lambasted those we reviled, and bickered over which is the best of the best. We saw some surprising victories, some obvious defeats, and we argued a whole lot about an entertainment industry.

    Now we will pit the console and handheld victors against each other to find out what video game platform GBATemp really loathes above all else!

    This Week's Challengers Are:

    The Tiger R-Zone
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    I can’t complain enough about this head rot or a system. This festering wound of a handheld captured the imagination of GBATemp and soundly defeated all before it in past polls. And need I say it again? This beat the Virtual Boy!

    What can essentially be boiled down to LCD one off games that were built into cartridges, the games were nothing to write home about. And while the head mounted display didn’t make any necks sore like the Virtual Boy would have if the head attachment went through, it was only because there was not much tech to speak of inside…

    In the semi-final the R-Zone was in stiff competition with the Nokia N-Gage for a little while, but eventually won by a large enough margin to solidify the R-Zone as the definitive least favoured handheld.

    So GBATemp, is the R-Zone the worst thing ever?

    The Phillips CD-i
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    After abandoning Sony for Phillips, Nintendo figured out the hard way that they’d made a mistake. In one failed venture they simultaneously spawned their worst rival and a horrid monster of a console. And they were stupid enough to license Zelda and Mario to Phillips too! And it’s those licenses that probably put the CD-i here in the first place. It matriculated to the top of this console roast for tarnishing what is otherwise a rather robust series.


    In the semi-final the CD-i won by an absolute landslide - 47% of the vote! This means the CD-i was a much easier choice for y'all than the R-Zone was.

    So GBATemp, it the CD-i worse that the R-Zone?

    Outro:
    And that is it, folks. We’re done. 16 rounds of unadulterated video game history madness.

    All I have left to do is announce the winner next week! There we'll reminisce and get sentimental, etc. It'll be fun.

    See you in the comments!

    Current Standings:
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  2. DinohScene

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    R-Zone.

    Is it even a handheld?
    Looks like pieces of cybernetics you put on..
     
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  3. Sakitoshi

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    R-Zone, period.
    the CD-i isn't way better but at least had actual games, even when they are a load of crap. and on top of that it was a good video player for the time, while the R-Zone was a headache-maker.
     
  4. KingVamp

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    It has to go to the R-Zone.
     
  5. Foxi4

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    No contest - I'd rather spend a lifetime with a functioning CD-i than a day with the R-Zone that doesn't work properly by design.
     
  6. matpower

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    People are voting the CDi? :wtf:
    C'mon, why would you prefer a LCD game eyepiece in Red and Black that barely works instead of a working console with some playable stuff!?
     
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    Let's just get this out of the way... they both colossally suck.

    CD-i had the audacity to try to be an edutainment system being sold as a game console. And like many CD-based systems at the time, was chock full of FMV crap that everyone saw through as being crappy to play.

    The R-Zone not only had the kind of ungodly audio that would shame even an Atari 2600, but also the headache-inducing red-eye vision of the Virtual Boy, before the Virtual Boy!

    There is a special place in hell reserved for these kinds of gaming abominations... but I think the RZone's is going to burn a bit hotter simply because it was able to cause direct suffering of its users by the nature of its design.
     
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  8. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    This is like a slap fight between Mao and Stalin - whoever wins, it's fun to watch.
     
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  9. sion_zaphod

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    Gaming Device. Nice Choice of words compared to game console. I say again that the CDI is not a gaming device or console. Yes it can play games, but that is not it's chief function. The poll is rigged; people who haven't even used these devices are passing a judgement because of what they have read and not what they have experienced. Nuff said!
     
  10. matpower

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    Again I will quote what I said in the other topic.

    Same for the Xbone too, it is marketed as an all-in-one device/media center instead of video game console. ;)
     
  11. sion_zaphod

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    I know exactly what the CDI was planned to be but what it turned into should not be judged by people who have a hatred for anything non Nintendo and Mario and Zelda games not made by Nintendo. They probably haven't even played one game on the system or watched any movie on it. Whatever the CDI was. It was ahead of it's time. I was watching digital movies on my CDI before they were mainstream (DVD/BluRay), while everyone else was still watching VHS (which shall I remind everyone won the media storage battle between it and BetaMax - a far superior format).
     
  12. Foxi4

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    Some of the best Zelda games were not made by Nintendo, for example The Oracle of Seasons, The Oracle of Ages and The Minish Cap were all made by Capcom. Just sayin'.
     
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    The CDi was filled with FMV and edutainment, it tried to throw the gaming industry in a direction that nobody wanted.
    Also I don't hate the CDi and I like non-Nintendo Zelda games too, it is just a crappy excuse for a console and besides its multimedia abilities, it was lackluster and expensive.
     
  14. Foxi4

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    I don't think it was necessarily lackluster, it was just unpolished. It definitely had good capabilities for a machine of its caliber, they just weren't pushed in the right direction. The system needed more talent, more quality games, but those were being released for the already popular albeit aged SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis. The CD-i just didn't have the console vibe that people liked at the time - it looked like a multimedia player, it played like a multimedia player and... frankly, it very much was a multimedia player - gaming was just one of its functions, or rather, "their" functions since CD-i is a line of hardware, not just one device.
     
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  15. sion_zaphod

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    Not a console! Did you own one? Did you use every aspect it had to offer? CDI owners were enjoying games like 7th Guest, 11th Hour and Myst on a non PC/Mac with better graphics and sound. CDI owners were playing arcade perfect conversions of Dragons Lair 1 and 2, Mad Dog McCree 1 and 2, and Space Ace years before any equal capabilities existed in games consoles. Just to have a PC/Mac up to the task of playing those games at the time would have cost you over £1000. Bought my CDI for £350 and it came with free TV, 2 Movies and 2 Games.

    Just a shot in the dark but how many people that voted for the CDI actually played or used it; even once?
     
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    Kind of an underwhelming finale, honestly. I was hoping to see a surprise, but I guess that's not the purpose of this series.
     
  17. matpower

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    Emulation and the 3DO also had arcade perfect ports of certain games.
    Even if CDi's main purpose was a multimedia player, it had consoles abilities and can be called a console too btw. ;)
     
  18. sion_zaphod

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    When did the Daphne emulator come out? It was well after 1991 when the cdi was released as did the first 3do in 1993. Smells like it was ahead of its time
     
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    You can clearly see that the main focus of the device was both video and gaming, yet they pretty much showed only games in this TV spot. But yes, I agree that, if you vote on the poll, you should at least write a few words here on why.
    I mean, comparing the two systems is clear enough for me that the R-Zone wins, but I would like to hear what the guys who voted for the CDi would say.
     
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  20. sion_zaphod

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    I agree I would like to hear what people who voted for the RZone have to say. Why are they voting? Have they actually used the device or is their only experience of the system through an emulator? Oh there isn't an emulator.

    You can pick up an RZone for next to nothing on eBay but the games are going for more than the system I might expand my collection and buy one.