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Im very big on collecting video games new and old, so when I go to my local library I usually look for books about video games and I found this one official price guide to collecting classic video games by David Ellis, the book mainly talks about all the old video games thorugh the late 70s to early 80s, and about halfway thorugh the book the is a section called other noteable consoles and it has a page and a half thing talking about the virtual boy, I was really suprised to see this in a book that mainly talks about atari games. The article its self is nothing special it just talks about how it was a failure, and how it worth a lot of money. I hope you enjoy 😎

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Thanks for posting that… funny simplified history.

I love how it (and many other condensed histories on the subject)
refer to it as ‘failure’ and ‘mistake’.

I think the failure belongs to the public, as it was all of our
mistake to not accept the relevance of this thing when it
came out. I dont accept it as a failure in any context except in
the timing.

It is easy to be resistant to change, even when it is an innovative
change… but sooner or later video games will have no choice but to venture down this path again. Remember the lawnmower man? We will get there someday.

-ok. im off my soapbox 🙂

I agree with you 100%, that book is really annoying all it talks about is ebay and how this is worth this, and yeah I rember the lawnmower man game on snes and it was awful.

Headaches, eye strain, yadda yadda yadda… When imagination fails, write up a sloppy “Top # worst consoles of all time” list with the VB on the first place.

Yeah the person who wrote that article didnt even give it a fair chance, on the part that talks about that piece of junk atari 5200 he talks about how good and underated it was, I bet the iddiot who wrote this book has never even played virtual boy, or for that matter even heard about it until he was writeing this book and just copyed a negative review someone else wrote.

It is rather annoying when the Virtual Boy is referred to has a failure simply because it didn’t sell well. Ok, so it did give one a head-ache once in a while but I think a distinction needs to be made between sales failure and over-all hardware/software failure, because despite the very small software library the Virtual Boy still achieved–at least from a gamer’s point of view–the most important goal a game console can achieve: it was fun.

Now excuse me while I go back to work on a time machine that will take me back to late 1995 when Toys R Us was liquidating Virtual Boys for $30… sigh…

before you go, check google finance. might as well buy some stocks.
or get a ‘gray’s sports almanac’ before you go back.

One of my boxed units has a green sticker that says:

Yeah I agree with you a system should not be judged by sales charts like the guy in the book did, and good luck with that time machine your gonna need a flux capasitor, and some plutonium to activate 1.21 gigawats of electricity


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