Some were flops (Atari Jaguar), some were huge successes (Super Nintendo), some made small splashes (3D0), and others struggled and were ultimately defeated, leaving a small but dedicated fan base to keep the memory alive (Sega Dreamcast).
Two years later, Midway Games West, the renamed acquisition of Atari Games, was closed as well.Operating as an independent company in its own building in Chicago, Midway Games continues to develop video games for many consoles.
And game developers faced a bewildering array of possible development platforms, all competing without a clear leader: the Apple II, the IBM PC, the Timex-Sinclair, the Atari 400/800, the Tandy/Radio Shack TSR-80, and more.
Most of you might remember the Atari 2600, which spurred on a generation of pushing buttons and moving joysticks in the late 70's, but you might be surprised to find there were a small group of gamers before that.
As the only other "next-generation" machines the public had experienced up to that point, people came to expect that the Super Nintendo would have the backwards compatibility found on the Atari machines.
As part of the 32/64-bit generation of gaming machines, the Nintendo 64 was in direct competition with the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, as well as the less successful Atari Jaguar and Panasonic 3DO.
John Carmack, author of Doom, said that if Atari "offered a dynamic cache on the RISC processors and had a tiny bit of buffering on the blitter, it could have put a reasonable fight against Sony."
Atari 2600 Often seen as one of the first true home console systems, the Atari 2600 was an early machine that wowed video game fans with the ability to change games by inserting cartridges.
Of course the nudity was in that famous block Atari graphics, but still contained a well-endowed woman and you controlled Custer through barrages of arrows to have sex with the woman.
During the early days of video gaming back in the early 1980s, the leading video game console manufacturers like Sega and Atari were also the largest video game manufacturers.