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    I have an R-Zone, and I would have to agree that it's the worst console ever.

    With the Studio II, you get some passable games. The R-Zone doesn't have games, it has wannabe Tiger handheld carts that you see through a mirror. You probably couldn't even port Pong to it properly, unless the ball could only be in 9 possible positions because every sprite was physically etched into the cart. Seriously, there is nothing redeeming about the R-Zone. I'd rather play a Pop Station - it's the same thing except you don't look quite as dorky while you make an attempt to play it. There was a handheld R-Zone, and I've heard it sold better, but I never say any for sale.

    Virtual Boy does have a few good games. It also has a nice sound chip, in my opinion. When I think of VB, the audio is what comes to mind. 32X and Jaguar are decent too. The problem was that so called "bad consoles" didn't showcase the right content. Imagine a 32X RPG. A "bad console" should have truly horrible design and hardware, like the R-Zone. If you literally CANNOT make a decent game for a piece of hardware, then it deserves to be hated.

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    I won't sell anyone a broken piece of Crap.
    The voice module did not work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick 2007 View Post
    I won't sell anyone a broken piece of Crap.
    The voice module did not work.

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    The voice module will only work if you have games that make use of it... no other way. Perhaps you didn't have any that worked with it and thought it to be broken?

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    Has anyone played Resident Evil 2 on the Game.com? Resident Evil 2 is obviously a AAA title on the PSX, how does it translate over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiddo View Post
    Would it really be fair to post a pre-Golden Age "Pong System" from some nobodies as a "Worst"?

    I kinda feel like part of the "worst" aspect is not just how bad it is on a purely objective scale (If we went by that, certain Tiger Handhelds and hardly-working duds would be easy tops), but also the more subjective "disappointment" factor - the thing that keeps things like the Sega 32x and the Nintendo Virtual Boy at the tops of many people's lists is how there were many "high expectations" that were not realized, not just among the companies but the general public.
    The problem with threads like this is that the OP rarely defines boundaries as to what he/she finds to be worth comparison. In regards to modern era consoles (late seventies/early eighties to now) The pong consoles, Tiger handhelds and other such things should not be included in comparison with the vast majority of interchangeable media systems. With Pong consoles and cheapo handhelds, the fact that they are defined to be good or bad based on the games in which the creator company supplied onto them makes it seem like an unfair candidate for a console that can be considered absolute shit. The interchangeable media consoles deserve full review as to which are good and bad because the systems are defined by the numerous games made for them by third party companies. A bad console shouldn't be limited to a couple built-in games; It should have a large library of interchangeable shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backguard View Post
    Has anyone played Resident Evil 2 on the Game.com? Resident Evil 2 is obviously a AAA title on the PSX, how does it translate over?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiTkmvwGMN4

    Never played the Game.com or R-Zone. Might have to now as I'm a sucker for crappy stuff.

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    Did someone up there say the VB had AAA titles? C'mon, I know it's one of the most popular "bad systems" but triple A games? Nah, I didn't see anything close to that. AAA would be something like SMW, Soul Calibur, Halo, GTA, Metal Gear, etc. Not a trash bag that just happens to smell better than all the other bags sitting int he driveway. It's still a bag of trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbudrick View Post
    Win, except I would reverse those two.

    Seriously, no one contest that the R-Zone is the worst system ever.

    NO ONE.

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    How about that Amstrad console that only came out in Europe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spongerob View Post
    Did someone up there say the VB had AAA titles? C'mon, I know it's one of the most popular "bad systems" but triple A games? Nah, I didn't see anything close to that. AAA would be something like SMW, Soul Calibur, Halo, GTA, Metal Gear, etc. Not a trash bag that just happens to smell better than all the other bags sitting int he driveway. It's still a bag of trash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbudrick View Post
    Seriously, no one contest that the R-Zone is the worst system ever.
    I have the Super Screen. It's just a Tiger handheld game with cartridges. Unless you REALLY don't like Tiger handheld games...

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    Sorry I missed this one 12 years ago.

    I'd have to agree on the RCA Studio II being the worst system ever. Sure, the R-Zone was just as bad (and almost two decades newer) but at $29.99 in 1995, it would be the equivalent of $57.52 today; that's about the price of a new game. And it had a larger game library.

    The Studio II came out at $149.95. That's $723.31 today! It couldn't even play Pong right. Atari's Super Pong went for about $80 ($385.87 today) and was in color and played several variants of PONG fluently.
    Hmmm... what did you get for your extra $337.44? Instead of 4 PONG variants that worked well and displayed in color, you got 5 games: Addition, Bowling, Doodle, Freeway and Patterns.
    Addition? This is not a game. Bowling, Doodle, and Freeway were piss-poor versions of what they were supposed to represent, while Patterns was sort of built off Doodle. I mean, there's more variety, but $337.44 is a punishing price to pay to get 5 bad games (even for the time) instead of 4 variants of one good game.
    Additional games were about $20 ($96.47 today). Buy a Studio II and 3 carts and you're already over a grand in today's money!

    Maybe if the Studio II and its games were half the price then it wouldn't be the worst ever. But the Studio II had a devastatingly high price for something so primitive for its time. For the price of the Studio II and one cartridge, you could get the Fairchild Channel F. Additional carts were that same $20, or $96.47 today, but at least they played like earlier versions of Atari 2600 games as opposed to black and white slideshows at 3 frames per second.
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    The R-zone we all knew it was garbage even before we brought it and that is why it never went past five games and that being said it was a new form of technology and thus interesting at the time.

    The worst game system ever created was the N64.

    1. It was Nintendo looking for an alternative when the deal between SONY and them Fell apart. A deal made from even before the creation of the SNES.
    2. Nintendo backstabbed SONY and went to an American company just to compete against them.
    3. Even before that came the Philips CD-i, which was not even in the picture.
    4. Yes the N64 should had great games but the point is that it should not exist ( as witht he Cd-i ).

    It is like Nintendo was a guy who wanted an abortion so badly and Sony was the lady who just had to have it's baby. Then Nintendo out of rage and frustration made two children called CD-i and 64.
    CD-i was smashed underneath a rock like Piggy from "Lord of the flies" and the press found out about 64 so Nintendo just praised 64 when in reality he knew he just wanted the SNES all to himself.

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    R-zone might get my vote as well.
    Prior to the R-zone the Adventurevision was my pick. The Adventurevision gets an A for case design gets an F for gameplay.
    Somehow the R-zone feels just as bad even though it was released many years later and the system design doesn’t look nearly as good.

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