"Poll question: Most Influential video game console of all time?" Thu Jan-05-17 10:31 AM by BigReg
Atari 2600 - Made home consoles popular. Without this you've got clunky 'home arcade' machines with primitive graphics..a console, two joysticks and a TV are templates that haven't changed 30+ years later.
NES - Outside of the obvious (game sales and debut of various series that still exist today) it's the console where game development took a leap forward...your JRPG, sports game, action game were all beginning to get perfected on this system
N64 - The death knell of the sprite era and the beginning of the forever reign of 3D. N64's 3D offering was the first time you saw games not just re-skin games that couldda been mainly sprites into 3d but actually take advantage of the space (Mario 64)
PS1 - The beginning of 'adult' gaming and having limitless storage space due to cheap CD's helped another push forward in game design
PS2 - While Atari made home consoles popular, PS2's made them mainstream. The first 'adult' gaming system and technically the first to introduce both hard drives and online gaming into the console space.
Xbox360 - Seemless online/offline video gaming, mandatory storage space, basically mandatory online... probably the easiest game development pipeline ever...its the template for modern gaming in this generation and barring a crazy leap in tech (RIP VR) for many more.
OG Xbox - disappeared the barriers between PC game and Console game development and pushed forward online gaming in the console space.
Sega Genesis - While SNES was just refining their NES classics, Genesis was making games more adult (Mortal Kombat), and perfecting the biggest video game genre in the world, sports games.
Turbographics 16 - First enthusiast system. It felt like previous console releases focused on wowing tech geeks and rich soccer moms kids for those initial overpriced sales. It was the first time a console was marketed towards the hardcore, for better and for worse.