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    Default Keeping Up Appearances: Best & Worst Looking Consoles

    Some consoles are a thing of beauty; they have just the right size, shape, contour, and color that makes the entire system a pleasant sight to the eyes. Then, there are consoles that impact your retinas like a sandstorm; it's machines like these threw any kind of style and grace into the wind. So, just like human beings, consoles come in all kinds of aesthetic levels. Some are attractive, and others are downright ugly!

    One console I think is pretty charming is the PC Engine Duo RX. The gently sloping console casing is colored in a very relaxing, light grey tone. The power button, the CD lid release button, and the machine's logo on the upper left corner of the casing are all powder blue. The same can be said for the unit's controller; the casing is light grey, while the D-pad, and the buttons are powder blue. It all comes together so nicely.

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    On the flipside, I find the most disturbing console design to be Nintendo's Pikachu Edition N64. I never liked Pokemon (Pikachu in particular), so this machine really makes me cringe. Aside from that giant mass of yellow plastic in the form of Pikachu, the whole thing hurts my eyes to look at it. How can I even play a serious game like Goldeneye with Pikachu disrupting my spy-like mentality? They even made orange models!


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    Edit: found an orange version..... ewww.

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    One of the systems I find very sleek is the PSOne. It just looks very good especially when you have the Sony brand LCD monitor.

    One of the worst looking ones around in my opinion is the PS2. Am I the only one who thinks so?

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    sega seemed to take design seriously, other than the game gear every machine they have made has looked very cutting edge at its time of release. i've never cared for consoles that try and look like they are something else such as the PS2 and the goldstar 3do. colecovision and intellivision are both out and out ugly beasts, as is the astrocade.

    i like the the psone, toploader NES, gamecube a lot, and the sears video arcade II is my all time favorite.
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    Some attractive consoles:

    Gamecube (esp. Platinum)
    Dreamcast
    Atari's black/silver models (Jr., 5200, 7800)

    Some ugly consoles:

    O2
    N64
    XBox

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    I think the N64 is one of the best looking consoles ever.

    I agree, however, that the Pikachu version is one of the ugliest monstrosities ever.

    We've done this thread before though...
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    I think the original model PS1 is ugly as sin. It's a slab of grey. Bleh.

    Real flaws aside, I think the IntelliVision II is very smart looking.
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    Best looking:
    Turboduo
    Turbo Express
    GBA
    NES Toploader
    Gamecube

    Worst looking:
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    3DO - Big, bulky, looks like a nuclear reactor in there
    5200 - ugh
    Intellivision - HIDEOUS
    Colecovision (LOVE the console, just looks wrong somehow)
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    Best by far:
    Neo Geo CD
    Neo Geo CDZ
    those would be my top pics.
    followed by the Duo, N64, and the Jaguar

    Worst:
    InteractiveVision... the controller, though very odd, is umm.... eww
    (original yes; pretty, no)
    as for any runner ups: a number of the pong clones, NES, and original PSX

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    The best looking console is the Atari 5200. Everything about it, at the time of release, just emitted that this was 'the future' of video gaming. One thing I've noticed about the shape of the 5200, is if you take a look at it from the side, it looks like the car Charlie Sheen drives in THE WRAITH(1984?)

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    I don't think any system is sexier than the PC Engine Duo-RX. Great design, color scheme, and matching six button pad. Runner up would be the Genesis 3...so small, so compact, so sleek!
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    I think the Bandai Playdia and the TI-99(brushed stainless steel) are the best looking.

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    I'd have to say:
    The Sega Genesis.

    It looks like little Fututristic Power Plant and It has a nostaligia to it of how cool it looked when I was only 12 and the only one around with one!

    However I also think that toploader NES is rather snazzy... but maybe a little too abstract art-ish to be number one...

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    Best looking.... SuperGraphx


    Worst looking.... Sega saturn

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    I'm actually surprised at some of these responses.

    I'd bet people's opinions on this vary wildly.

    IMO, the 5200 is one of the best-looking systems ever.

    And, fwiw, I think the Genesis is one of the ugliest. I also think the NES was pretty ugly.

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    I Love the Intellivision 1. i think there should be more wood grain in gaming. I want a woodgrain Xbox. Time to break out the shelf paper.

    Ugliest: NES. Actually every Nintendo system is pretty horrid looking. GC is their best, and it's just a freaking box. PS2 is pretty ugly too, I gon't get what the deal was with the slotted exterior.

    The ugliest thing I have is the Genesis 1, with the cd2, 32x and the sega wireless controller. It's a beast. I love it.

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    I hate the way the Xbox looks. I love the way my GCN and PS2 look. Their consoles I wouldn't be ashamed to have in my living room.

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    Hmmm. Of the ones I own I think the older ones tend to be the ugliest. Intellivision and Colecovision are just too boxy.

    Having just gotten an O2 I will say the first thing I thought was "jeez - this thing is as big as an Xbox" (though not nearly as heavy).

    The Xbox is just big - and I like the green/black colour scheme. But it's not my favourite.

    As for best looking, I'd go with Dreamcast and Gamecube.

    I don't hate PS2, it just doesn't do it for me. I have to agree that the PSone looks pretty slick too (but I still go with DC and GC)
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    Out of the consoles I own, here is my rank of best to worst:

    Dreamcast
    Gamecube
    Atari 2600 (woodgrain)
    Atari 5200
    SMS
    Atari 7800
    Atari XE
    TG16
    Genesis I
    Genesis II
    Saturn
    Intellivision II
    3DO FZ-10
    PSX
    Xbox
    Jaguar
    NES
    N64
    Colecovision
    SNES
    O2

    Out of Computer-like consoles:
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    The design of the Dreamcast always appealed to me. The PS2 has that futuristic look which I like also.
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    The Saturn is my Fav. though the ps2 is a really sharp design with those great LED's.
    I also like the Sega cd piggyback. IT's like some futuristic space station..
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