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[22 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 7,360 views]
Game Boy — Nintendo dominates the portable market

Every video game fan who was around in the mid-1980s knows Nintendo’s story very well.
A good number of people figured the console industry was pretty well dead thanks to a number of events. There was the so-called Video Game Crash of 1983 and the rise of personal computers that could handle games quite well available at price points that made them attractive to millions of people who couldn’t afford them in the past.
Industry giant Atari was on the ropes while competitors such as Coleco, Mattel and Magnavox were backing out …

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[21 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 4,524 views]
Sega Game Gear — great, but not quite great enough

You’ve got to give the folks at Sega credit — the company made an honorable attempt to compete toe-to-toe with Nintendo with the Game Gear.
The company just came up a bit short for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the Sega Game Gear featured the same Achille’s heel that crippled the Atari Lynx — terrible battery life. Yes, a Game Gear can suck the juice out of 6 “AA” batteries in five to six hours, and that’s downright pitiful compared to the original Game Boy, which went easy on …

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[18 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | 5,570 views]
Atari Lynx — innovative design, color graphics, horrible battery life

When Atari officials announced the Lynx back in 1989, they must have thought they had the system that would reverse the company’s declining fortunes.
The Atari Lynx was, indeed, a very sophisticated portable gaming system when it was released (and, yes, it’s still a heck of a lot of fun). It was the first handheld to feature color graphics and up to 17 players could link the systems together through the ComLynx cable for multiplayer gaming on the road. Want another innovation? The system is ambidextrous — the “action buttons on …