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Gaming History You Should Know – The History of the CD-ROM Console November 30, 2014

Posted by Maniac in Gaming History You Should Know, Uncategorized.
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In the 90s, Nintendo ruled the gaming industry with an iron fist. After bringing video games back into the mainstream after nearly a decade of darkness, Nintendo proved that video games were once again a viable business model and a lot of competition wanted a piece of that market. Nintendo’s major rival at the time, SEGA, had just released a CD add on to their popular Genesis console, and several major companies stepped up, each with their own motivation, to help Nintendo produce a competing product for their just released Super Nintendo console. The end was a mess which killed Nintendo’s faith in the optical medium for another generation and set the stage for one of the greatest gaming consoles of all time to be released, the Sony Playstation.

The guys over at From Concept to Console have posted up a pretty in depth video detailing just how this ambitious product could derail so badly for everyone involved. If you grew up in the 90s like me and remember what it was like to have your friends pick a side in the the 16-Bit console war, you should really give this video a look.