Gameplay Today runs down the "stupidest" decisions and choices made by videogame companies - from Atari to Microsoft.
Atari could have had the Nintendo Entertainment System? That is monumentally stupid! Now, instead of being one of the big and iconic hardware companies, they're just a renamed Infogrames publisher. Dumb
Oh it gets better than that, Nintendo almost had the PS1 effectively. I can't remember the story exactly but i think they asked Sony to create the CD unit they had planned for the SNES. Nintendo dropped it, the technology went towards creatng the PS1. Bah I can't remember it exactly but its along those lines :D
Sony wanted all the royalties to the CD games. Nintendo made the right decision.
"Sony wanted all the royalties to the CD games. Nintendo made the right decision." It's not like Nintendo received much money from selling N64's and GCN's anyways, lulz
Yeah, the right choice for Sony
Everyone makes mistakes, but those are some record-breaking boners.
what? All the DC games could have been on Xbox? Freaking greedy MS.
Wow, I didn't know Xbox could of had full backward compatibility with Dreamcast games, that would have been great. Also imagine if Nintendo and Sony teamed up back in the days..Now look what happen, they went on to make the biggest contender to this day know as the Playstation brand. Original Playstation annilated N64 to a absurd doom. Even though N64 had some great games.
How does having less titles make them greedy?
The entire world of gaming would have been different if just one or two of those choices made were different. Love the Atari Entertainment System btw.
Nintendo going casual. Nuff said.
Seriously. Yet people are all hyped for Project Cafe. lol.
After the Wii I have no hype for Project Cafe, prove me wrong Nintendo please, pretty please.
It's hard to call that one stupid. Sure it may not have done me and you any good but it's pulled in billions for Nintendo shareholders, and that is the real measure of weather a business decision is stupid or not.
Oh yes, what a stupid decision. Not like they're still miles ahead of the competition in sales or anything. Oh shit wait a second.
Squaresoft & Enix merging,then hiring Wada as the CEO. It ended up killing every great franchise either had made.
Amen! Neither companies' franchises were ever the same. Just similar watered-down RPGs.
I feel ya bro, ever since Sakaguchi left after FFX and SE was created, I never enjoyed a SE game except for Kingdom Hearts. The old Squaresoft had such great rpgs...
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Indeed, with hindsight I probably wouldn't have written this comment.
Very good list. My favorite: Nintendo backing out of the Playstation deal and creating a fierce competitor Led to the birth of the PlayStation 1 :) very happy about that still
"599 US Dollars." That alone made me buy a 360 instead. I bought my PS3 when they finally decided to make a serious price drop. Microsoft not wanting Dreamcast compatibility only effected people who owned a Dreamcast and obviously wasn't an issue as the Xbox got it's self a sequel. That's not a stupid decision. Nintendo has to still be kicking themselves for not working with Sony, and instead getting them as a rival.
Ugh I remeber that ugly price tag too well; I actually bought a PS3 the week after launch. Anyone who spent the original $599 can tell you that the really great games didn't come out till after the price drop. Still though, not too many people have working 60gig fat models anymore.
I remember that too, But I also remember thinking why are so many people whining about 600 bucks when a standalone bluray player was somewhere in the area of 900 to 1200 bucks. For half of the price I was getting a bluray player/game console.
that leap year fiasco was intense,a faulty internal clock/calendar. how can such a simple thing go overlooked?
Sony have made some big mistakes- the PSP Go being the biggest. And why, oh why, did Microsoft turn down that deal with Sega? Also, why didn't somebody like Sony or Nintendo jump at it too? Presumably, they would have been offered it if Microsoft turned it down. But the biggest mistake in gaming history was Nintendo's allowing Sony to launch the PS1, when the tech was all set for their consoles. Playstation brand pretty much destroyed the N64 and the Gamecube, and I don't think we'll ever see any console enjoy the dominance of PS2 again.
I agree with the PS3 high price point when it came out, I had to wait two years to get one, think it was 700 or 600 when it came out, plus that's when the 360 was already out with a bunch of games and PS3 came out with almost no games. sony was forced to have an uphill battle with microsoft this whole gen because of that.
one more.. Nintendo's decision to release Fatal Frame IV in Japan ONLY... bastards :) thank god that people made a patch, thank you.. :) Ninty could make some buck on this game...
Some of those were big screw ups but they forget to mention those screw ups are part of the reason why gaming evolved so much since then. I was actually a big fan of Sega CD thanks to Sonic CD and Final Fight; Saturn had Fighters Megamix and the import of MSH vs SF (With the 4 MB RAM cartridge) which made the game far more playable than the PS1 version. A lot of people dog the s-it out of Saturn, but honestly I'd rate it 2nd best fighter console created.
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