AHEAD OF THEIR TIME
Not all gaming innovations have worked out. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest gaming failures over the years.
NINTENDO VIRTUAL BOY (1995)
A red monochromatic 3D virtual reality system, the Virtual Boy, created the illusion of depth by manipulating parallax. However, it also gave you eye strain, sti neck and in some cases, a severe headache, so only 14 games were created before Nintendo killed the line.
ATARI LYNX (1989)
If not for the popularity of Nintendo’s Game Boy, the Atari Lynx would surely have captured the portable gaming market. It was the rst handheld game console with a backlit color LCD, and had an ambidextrous layout. It also allowed for zooming and scaling, giving realistic 3D effects for the time.
NOKIA N-GAGE (2003)
Nokia’s entry into gaming didn’t have the best design. It was dfficult to switch games, and worked horribly as a mobile phone, but the N-Gage was the rst mobile phone that you could actually play games on that weren’t some version of Snake or Tetris.