Videogame Hall Of Shame
Why the ”E.T.” game, Virtual Boy, Dreamcast and others failed.
By Ken Bruno
Even Nintendo, maker of the popular DS and Wii consoles, has had some misses.
Remember the Virtual Boy? If you don’t, you’re not the only one. The console was released in 1995 and promised impressive 3-D graphics. It failed because it displayed bright red, monochromatic graphics that were hard on the eyes. “Virtual Boy had everything working against it,” says Neil Schneider, executive director of the S-3D Gaming Alliance, a nonprofit trying to bring 3-D gaming to the market. “It was clumsy, it required the gamer to awkwardly sit in front of it, and the 3-D was uncomfortable for many.”
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