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Plot your retro hardware history timeline

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by elvis, Dec 17, 2020.

  1. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    Inspired by the Pirates! thread, some fascinating discussion on what people's history of devices and hardware was.

    Few of us were lucky enough to have all the devices, so most of us miss out on some big hitters in the market over the years (and thankfully get to catch up on them later in life). But, for a trip down memory lane, tell us what your retro hardware history was.

    Here's mine, and I'm sticking to stuff I or my parents bought new, and not stuff I collected later in life. Order might be off a bit, but this is the best my old man memory can decipher from the brain-logs.

    * Sega SC-3000
    * PC - 386 SX 25 + math co-processor
    * Sega Master System II
    * PC - 486 DX 40
    * Sega MegaDrive
    * Super Nintendo + pirate disk copiers (Bung Enterprises Game Doctor, and later a Front FarEast Super Wildcard DX)
    * PC - Pentium 200 (non-MMX!)
    * PlayStation 1
    * PC - Celeron 300A @450
    * PC - Celeron 566 @850
    * Nintendo Gameboy Advance
    * PlayStation 2 (technically second hand, but still when the PS2 was current, and pre-PS3)
    * PlayStation 3
    * PC - AthlonXP something something
    * Nintendo Wii
    * Nintendo DS Lite
    * Xbox 360

    And then onto modern stuff that's younger than 10 years. Also want to note the Sega Versus City cabinet with Capcom CPS3 + Third Strike kit my wife bought for me as a surprise present. Holy crap, nothing will ever top that. But that wasn't a new purchase.

    Heaps of heavy hitters I missed - no Atari, Amiga, C64, NES, Gameboy, N64, Gamecube, Dreamcast, OG XBox (all of these came later in my collecting years). I also kind of dropped out of the PC gaming upgrade treadmill around 2001-ish, when I got a crazy job and responsibility and boring adult things.
     
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  2. power

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    most of our stuff wasn't new - we kept most of it for ages because poor and had large libraries to keep us entertained.
    Also played plenty of stuff at friends houses.

    Pong clones
    2600
    Atari 800XL
    Atari 520ST
    Amiga 500
    ----- nearly forgot Atari Lynx!
    Atari XEGS (shuddup it was on sale)
    Sega Saturn
    PCeeeeeezzz

    big gap with just PC (had even sold my first Saturn at this stage).

    Wii - woman wanted this.

    I got sick of waiting for GTA5 to come out on PC and from there things really spiralled.
     
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  3. whatdoesthisdo

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    Thats a damn impressive list elvis. I'll just export my previous comments from that thread.

    C64
    sega master system 2
    Sega Mega Drive 2
    PS 1-3
    PC

    I feel like a mere mortal amongst giants. I did manage to play some of the top games though, whether by owning the platform or just fluking it with mates having them.

    EDIT: 2004-2010ish was a big black hole for me. In fact I really didnt start playing MP games until BF3 in 2011. I suppose thats why it will always be special to me.
     
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    elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    I think I should make it clear, I'm a patient gamer. I don't rush out day one and buy these things.

    Almost everything that I bought myself, including my Master System II that I saved up for by tending gardens for peanuts as a kid (something like $1 for a wheelbarrow full of weeds pulled, IIRC), were all purchased mid way in their lifespans, and often waiting for them to go on special. The PS3 and XBox360 were both "slim" models bought 2 years after initial release, and on special. The later PCs were all researched to be excellent, guaranteed overclockers, and again late in their life spans.

    I rarely buy into day one hype, and it's served me well. I've had a good collection of things without breaking the bank. I see endless threads here on OCAU of people getting way too hyped for day-1 hardware, and the inevitable upgrade train of consoles/cards/whatever sold at 50% or less of their purchase price whenever new stuff is announced.

    No harm waiting a year for something to get discounted heavily, and still not need to buy second hand. The myth of exclusivity and hype is exactly what the marketdroids want us to buy in to, but we can out smart them. :)

    I'm going to do a Wii FAQ thread and document a tonne of amazing games on this platform. Always gets written off as a "kiddy/casual" console, but there are so many awesome titles on there.
     
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  5. Tinian

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    Siblings and I started on an Atari 2600. Then worked variously through.
    • PCs (286, 386, 486)
    • Nintendo (various)
    • PS1, PS2, PS3
    • Xbox (various)
    • oh, and a Wii.
    Notable exception was Sega. None of us had one.
     
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  6. adz

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    Not so illustrious, but it went something like this:

    C64
    Amiga 600
    486DX/4 100
    Pentium 2 233
    AMD K5-100
    Celeron 400
    Celeron 800
    Celeron 1000
    Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2.3GHz
    Athlon XP 2500+ @ 2.2GHz
    Athlon64 4000+
    C2Q 6600 @ 3.0GHz
    Xeon 3110 @ 3.6GHz
    i7 3770K @ 4.5GHz
    Current rig...

    First 4 were family PC's, the AMD K5 100 was the first PC I built for myself as were the rest...
     
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  7. Rass

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    Hmm..

    • C64 with tape drive.
    • Then a different C64 with disk drive and tape drive
    • 80286 mono screen, 360k floppies.
    • NES
    • 80386sx16, 1mb ram, tseng labs et4000 1mb vga, 80mb hdd
    • Upgrade above with SoundBlaster 2.0
    • Sega Master System 2
    • 486dx33 8mb ram, 200mb hdd upgrade for above
    • 486dx2 66 16mb ram, 500mb hdd. AIO graphics/model/soundcard
    • P120 OC to 133, 32mb ram, 5gb hdd, Hercules Trio64 video card, SB16 with wave table add on.
    • Orchard Righteous 3dfx upgrade for above
    • Celery 300A OC to 450 upgrade, plus new HDD and CD Burner.
    • Geforce256 upgrade.
    • Game boy advance
    • Xbox
    • Athlon Slot-A 900 Tbird with golden fingers upgrade for celery. Cant remember the video card I got for it either.
    • Xbox360
    After that, it's not retro :)
     
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  8. Tinian

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    BF42 opened that can of worms for me, but BF2 was where I really went down that rabbit hole. Absolutely loved that game and the guys I played with.
     
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    Mega Drive II
    SNES
    PS1
    N64
    SEGA SATURN
    GAMEBOY COLOR
    GAMEBOY ADVANCE
    GAMECUBE
    Pentium 4 PC
    XBOX
    Nintendo DS
    xb360
    Wii
    PS3

    The exact timeline of the handhelds is murky for me

    Family didn't have much money so we had maybe 1 game with the console for the first while and then by the end of its life maybe 3 permanent games we owned and everything else we rented. The original xbox was a gamechanger because we bought it used with a chip so could just rent games and rip them to the HDD to be played at will... revolutionary.
     
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  10. Xenomorph

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    Are you including handhelds in this list?
    Stuff like the original Nintendo game&watch (like Donkey Kong) and the larger VFD handhelds like pacman from early 80's?
     
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    elvis Old school old fool

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    I was about to say I never had one, but then I remembered my old man brought one back from a work trip to Singapore. I'm going to have to try and find out what it was (can't remember the title for the life of me).

    But absolutely, chuck them in your lists.
     
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    after letting it rot in the cupboard for a while I realised it was a valid gaming platform. :D
     
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  13. Ninsei

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    I have a feeling there was quite a few more scrap-built 386, 486 and Pentium systems in the early years, but this is pretty close. While I had the Toshiba and Dell laptops the PCs around them were in use at the same time.

    Sega Master System II
    386 then a 486 (built/upgraded many times myself from scrap PCs from my old man's work)
    Pentium 75 laptop
    Pentium 166 MMX (first PC my parents bought)
    Celeron 466 (first PC I purchased myself)
    Athlon 1333@1500-1600 depending on the season
    Athlon 64 X2 4400+
    Toshiba laptop with a dGPU
    Dell XPS720 with dGPU
    Wii (gift for the kids)
    FX-8320
    Xbox One S (used only by my kids, mostly for Minecraft!)
    Core i3-7100
    i5 9400F - current PC
     
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  14. flain

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    - Unknown multi game system - it had analogue sticks, a phone style dialpad button layout and had space invaders, pong and various "sports" games that involved a moving square block. It only had blue and white as the colors. It is sadly long gone and i have no way to find out what it was.

    - Atari 520ST, during this period i would also spend a lot of time on my friends c64, the neighbours NES and then later on a friends amiga 500
    - Atari Lynx
    - 486 SX 33, 4MB RAM and a 2400bps modem that was leant to me by my friends dad (who never ended up asking for it back..)
    - SNES
    - Cyrix 686
    - P200 MMX
    - PIII 500
    - Sega Dreamcast
    - Nintendo GameCube (at the time i purchased it was "last gen" and i was enjoying purchasing/collecting games off ebay for $10 each)
    - XBOX
    - Gameboy Advance (kept me busy on my 1.5hr train trip to work, although sucked trying to see the screen with the crappy lighting on the train)
    - XBOX 360
    - PS3
    - i7 gaming rig in 2011, still running it but with a GTX1080 in it (mostly my kids use it these days)



    Then of course PS4/PS4PRO/XBOX ONE/XBOX ONE X etc...
     
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  15. darkmenace

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    1992 Sega Master System II (still have it)
    1996 Pentium 100
    2000 PSX
    2001 Athlon 1200
    2006 Xbox 360
    Circa 2011 PS3
    2016 Rpi3b+/ Retropie
    2019 PS4 (not yet retro)

    I lack the time for hardcore gaming so usually buy newer consoles 3/4 through their lifespan when they’re cheap :)
     
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  16. power

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    kind of sounds like you had a colecovision on a B&W TV?

    Apart from that Sheen made pong clones - our family had these.

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  17. Flamin Joe

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    Atari 2600
    Commodore Plus/4
    Atari PC3 (8MHz XT Clone)
    486 (I think it was a DX2 66, memory is vague)

    ---- Below is where I first caught the upgrade bug with the next 3 for example being in the same case ----

    Pentium 100
    Pentium 200 MMX
    K6-2 350
    Athlon 500
    Athlon XP 1800+
    Athlon XP 2500+
    Dual Xeon 2.4GHz @ 3.2GHz (pin modded from 400 MHz FSB to 533 MHz, what a beast it was! :D).

    Beyond this my memory is hazy (apart from recent upgrades of course) mainly because they were nothing special/have no attachment to.
     
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    G&W - car race
    Galaxy invader 1000
    Casio watch-game (F1 race)
    A pong game (street find)
    IBM PC (XT, amber)
    C64 + tape
    Olivetti m24 (XT, cga)
    master system 2
    IBM PS/2 50 286 10mhz (MCGA) - still using the KB :)
    Megadrive 1
    Amiga 500

    nothing but beige boxes for a while
    486 33 66 100 cyrix 120
    P1 200 (non mmx)
    P2 266
    P3 800EB
    P4 3G.. etc

    retro purchases mostly later:
    PS1
    arcade cab (NBA Jam TE)
    GameBoy1
    Megadrive1
    PS2
    PSX
    Gamecube
    GBA-SP
    PS3
    Famicom (mrs console, claimed by me)
    A2000
    Wii (mrs console)
    Wii AU (because above was good)

    edit: fixed timeline
     
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    Gameboy
    NES
    Famicom
    FDS
    SNES/SF
    N64

    mic drop

    encore
    Genesis
     
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    Microbee
    Double Dragon arcade machine at local milk bar (I thought I owned it)
    SMS
    486SX 33
    -> DX2 66 upgrade
    586 133
    6x86
    Started collecting 'retro' at this time (late 90s):
    -> NES
    -> Atari 2600
    -> C64
    PS1
    <<drinking interlude for a few years>>
    Athlon 64
    Boring modern stuff from here
     
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