Gaming consoles hit the streets in the mid-1970s, and have developed alongside the personal computer ever since.
All lists are subjective. I don't care. This is my list of the top 10 consoles, not yours. It is based on personal experience, games played and hours lost.
10. PlayStation 3
A sleek, black Blu-ray player with a 120GB hard drive and rechargeable controllers. What's not to like? It may have stuttered with its Home project, and could fail to set anything alight with its Move controllers - except the knob at the end of them - but the PS3 is a good console. It's a shame it looks destined to live in its little brother's shadow.
9. PlayStation 2
Although the Grand Theft Auto series appeared on its earlier brother, the game made its bones on the PlayStation 2. GTA San Andreas and Vice City are still the benchmarks by which all other free-roaming/mission-based crime sagas are judged, and the PS2 is equally well remembered. A massively hyped release, the PS2 impressed straight out of the box, bringing with it a slew of quality games.
8. Neo Geo
Released by SNK in the early 1990s to games fans with a lot of leisure time and money, the Neo Geo offered far superior graphics to its 16-bit counterparts, giving the much-sought after 'almost-arcade' quality to home gaming. Much pricier than the competition, the Neo Geo was to be played at other people's houses when King of Fighters 4 was the finger-callus-causer of choice.
7. Nintendo Gameboy
Released in 1990 and exploding onto the world with its monochrome falling blocks game called Tetris, the Gameboy was a bulky two-button affair. Boring to look at, it took on, and smashed to pieces, the flashier Sega Gamegear, which had a colour screen and hardly any decent games.
6. Super Nintendo System
Street Fighter 2, Mario Kart. Shall I continue? Like the MegaDrive the SNES arrived at a time when today's 30-something big spenders were finding their bones on home consoles. Often, like a single duvet, accompanying them to university, until they got a double bed, and the PlayStation was released. A classic games machine, and the biggest seller of the 16-bit lot.
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