College Football….Video Game Systems….Nuff Said

Throughout the last century and a half, college football has been alive and well.  Although not much else has withstood the test of time as vigilantly, video games are here to stay.  Ever since Pong hit the scene decades ago, our society’s fascination with gaming has experienced a meteoric rise that may see no end.  I love college football.  I love video games.  With these shocking revelations off my chest, it is time to reveal my list that compares video game systems to college football programs.  As always, chime in with your own insight.

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Atari—–>Army

The Cadets are one of the original collegiate football powerhouses.  Like Atari, they experienced lots of success in the golden years, but have been irrelevant for so much time now, the mediums these two helped create don’t even recognize them anymore.  The game of college football, and the landscape of video games, have progressed so much since the duo’s respective primes, a return to glory for either is virtually impossible.  Atari systems and Army pennants are both collecting dust in attics all over the nation.

SH’s favorite Atari game: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Coleco Vision—–> Navy

Like Army and Atari, the Middies and Colecovision had their time in the spotlight, and those days are long gone.  Navy replaced the Cadets as the premier college football team many years ago, and Colecovision did the same to Atari in the early 80’s.  Both show signs of life once a decade (Navy’s Bowl appearances, Donkey Kong’s sporadic resurgence here and there), but you can’t look at either and say, “They are ready to take on the big boys.”

SH’s favorite Colecovision game: Zaxxon

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Q-Bert rocked too…..

Nintendo (NES)—–>Notre Dame

Easily the biggest and most recognizable names in the world of college football and video games.  The Irish, like the NES, had a great run that helped build a very large and loyal fan base.  The NES has been replaced many times over throughout the years, and the Irish haven’t competed for a National Championship in that time frame, but sentimental folks everywhere still play the NES or root for Notre Dame because they both embody what nostalgia is all about.

SH’s favorite NES game: Tecmo Super Bowl (No question)

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Gameboy—–> Alabama

The Gameboy exploded onto the video game scene and was instantly a smashing success.  The Tide, led by legendary coach Bear Bryant, exploded onto the SEC scene and had a dominant stretch that captured numerous National Titles.  The Gameboy and Alabama faded away in the 90’s and early 00’s, but re-emerged as power players recently with Bama’s hiring of Nick Saban, and the release of Nintendo DS (I don’t care, it’s a freakin’ Gameboy). 

SH’s favorite Gameboy game: Tetris

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That Tetris song is now lodged in my brain, with no signs of escape…

Sega Genesis—–>Miami

Both were the new kids on the block in a highly competitive racket, and both blew away the competition.  The Canes had a monster decade that spanned the late 80’s and early 90’s, and so did the Genesis.  Nintendo and Notre Dame were shitting in their pants when these two fresher, hipper bullies pointed their fingers at the (then) top dogs, and this era signified what was to come. 

SH’s favorite Genesis game: NHL ’95

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Gotta admit, like the “U,” it does look pretty badass….

Super Nintendo—–> Nebraska

Nintendo is all about tradition, and so is Nebraska.  The SNES was a faster, prettier version of it’s predecessor, and Nebraska replaced Notre Dame as college football’s traditional powerhouse that could compete with the new regime during this period.  The Huskers re-established themselves as one of college football’s elite, and Nintendo experienced a similar renaissance.

SH’s favorite SNES game: Shadowrun

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Welcome back Nintendo, we missed you…

Turbo Grafx 16—–>Washington/Georgia Tech

The TG16 was hailed as the “next big game system,” and nobody bought it, because they lacked household name qualities.  Washington and Georgia Tech split a National title in 1990 (GT) and 1991 (UW), and nobody bought it, because they lacked household name qualities.  See where I’m going here? (For the record, those two teams were exceptional, and it’s a shame they don’t get more credit)

SH’s favorite TG16 game: Splatterhouse

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Yup, that’s what it looked like….

Neo-Geo—–> Boise State

Both are innovative, ahead of their time, and swindled many people over the years by their smoke and mirrors routine.  BSU actually beat Oklahoma in a BCS game, but the inability to get top notch recruits and play a credible schedule have hindered the Broncos.  The Neo-Geo blew away competition at many video game conventions with it’s 32 bit processor, but it’s absurd price (even for today’s standards), and inability to get the average gamer involved hindered the system.

SH’s favorite Neo-Geo game: King of Fighters (Only one I think I’ve ever played, so it wins by default)

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Like the NES Advantage type controller….

Nintendo 64—–> Michigan

Nintendo pumps out another system targeted at traditional gamers, and old-school powerhouse Michigan wins a title during N64’s run.  Both have the clout and reputation to produce greatness, but fell short when it really mattered (UM in 2005 against Ohio St., and N64 in 1997 against Playstation).  Technology can be attributed to each sad demise:

1. The N64 used cartridges, the PS discs

2. Michigan used the schemes created by a senile Lloyd Carr, Ohio St. the lucid Jim Tressel

SH’s favortie N64 game: NwO vs The World

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Nintendo officially jumped the shark with N64

Playstation—–> Florida State

Relative nobodies for a long time, both reached star status gradually.  Sony was known for producing home electronics, and FSU was known for producing Burt Reynolds and his manstache.  Lucky us (sigh), they both reached out.  The release of PS vaulted Sony to the top of the video game world, and the paying of thousands of dollars to Seminole football players vaulted FSU to the top of college football.  The PS is dead, and it’s all about Playstation 3 nowadays.  Florida State is dead, and it’s all about Florida nowadays.

SH’s favorite Playstation game: NCAA ’99

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Kinda miss playing the PS, and shitting all over FSU….

Nintendo Gamecube—–> Ohio State

Nintendo had to answer the success of Playstation, and it’s counter punch was the Gamecube, which by most, is a joke on all accords.  Similarly Ohio State, as we all know, is a joke on all accords.  The GC was Nintendo’s worst selling console,  people hate it with a passion, and delusional die-hards will defend it to the death, talking shit to anyone that will listen.  Ohio State has been embarrassed recently, people hate them with a passion, and delusional die-hards still prefer to talk rivers of shit to anyone that will listen.  We have a perfect match.

SH’s favorite Gamecube game: Honestly never played it, but did actually root for OSU in their last 3 bowl games (kinda had to)

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Paint it Scarlet and Grey and we’ll hear wedding bells…….

Playstation 2—–> Oklahoma

Not too much to say here.  With Nintendo fading, Sony takes their traditional concepts and re-defines them.  Oklahoma, being a tradional team, bursts back onto the college football scene, and establishes themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the late 90’s.  The PS2 racks up the sales tally, and the Sooners rack up years of top 5 rankings.  Both had no idea what was lurking in the shadows.

SH’s favorite Playstation 2 game: NCAA ’09

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It ain’t NES, but it does play damn good…

X-Box—–> LSU

Whoa, a video game system by Microsoft? Nobody saw it coming, but all had to deal with it.  The X-Box came out, and stole the spotlight from PS and Nintendo.  Household names in CFB took a back seat to the up-and-coming Bayou Bengals, who claimed two BCS titles in 5 years, and the balance of power in college football & video games shifted when these two emerged as contenders.

SH’s favorite X-Box game: Never played it (hate the controllers)

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Like Bill Gates wasn’t rich enough…..

Playstation 3—–> USC

The PS3 is a great system, but it’s horrendous opening price, and numerous problems, have kept it from legitimately competing with the X-Box 360.  USC is a great team, but it’s horrendous conference, and numerous recruiting scandals (that will go unpunished as usual) have kept it from legitimately competing in the BCS rankings with Florida, and the likes of Texas or Oklahoma.  Both are considered an utter waste of talent, considering each should easily be number one every year.

SH’s favorite Playstation 3 game: NCAA ’08 (only one I’ve ever played)

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Shoulda been the best…..

X-Box 360—–> Texas

The Longhorns proved that things are bigger in Texas when they went to the Rose Bowl and beat USC in a glorified Trojan home game, and Microsoft did the same by beating PS3 in what should have been a wipeout for Sony.  Every time people write off Texas or the 360, they manage to pull off great things.  UT was expected to finish 8-4 or worse in ’08, and almost went to the BCS Championship, its counterpart, the 360, was expected to cease after the Nintendo Wii hit shelves.  Both have persevered behind a strong and loyal fanbase, and both will be back next year.

SH’s favorite X-Box 360 game: Never played it (read X-Box above)

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Cool looking I guess, but not my cup of Beam….

Nintendo Wii—–> Florida

Nintendo released the Wii with a “forget everything you know about Nintendo” attitude, and it literally sells thousands of units a month.  The Gators under coach Urban Meyer have a similar demeanor, and have also experienced a recent windfall of success.  Both are the “it” thing in their respective forums right now, and people all over swoon in Tim Tebow or a Wii’s mere presence. 

SH’s favorite Wii game: Bowling (I can play that shit all day)

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How the times have changed….

So there you have it.  If you feel that I snubbed someone (i.e. Auburn should be Atari Jaguar or Penn State should be Sega CD), please pipe up

 

49 Comments

  1. Comment by Genius on February 12, 2009 12:55 am

    You, my friend, are an idiot.

  2. Comment by Steelhead on February 12, 2009 6:58 am

    See what I mean about Gamecube fans? Hahaha.

  3. Comment by Cornelius on February 12, 2009 8:48 am

    How about:
    Sega Dreamcast & Utah: some people thought the Dreamcast was the best system on the market in its day, but most people just didn’t want to give it a chance.

    Commodore 64 & Penn State: they both seem antiquated and out of step with the times now, but we still have a soft spot for both of them.

  4. Comment by Ali on February 12, 2009 9:01 am

    play the 360, its a good system and the controller is actually more comfortable to me than the dual joystick PS controller. Also you should add Dreamcast to the list….so much power but lack of big name games and support from sega.

  5. Comment by Brad on February 12, 2009 9:02 am

    You got a few things wrong. PS3 did not have numerous problems at all. It had a horrible starting price, but that’s because of the Blu-Ray in it. The 360 is the one that had horrible problems – with the red ring of death and all. That was eventually addressed with the 360 elite and its changed cooling to keep from that thing melting, but all the promise and inevitable collapse of the 360s means they should be Ohio State or Oklahoma, since both inevitably fail at the end.

    The Wii I guess I can accept as Florida because everyone hops on the Wii bandwagon just as people do Florida. Everyone loves the Wii, and everyone loves Tebow. Wiibow?

  6. Comment by J Sizzle on February 12, 2009 9:22 am

    There will not be an inevitable collapse of the 360. Xbox Live trumps any and all online services, and will give M$oft plenty of momentum going into the next console a few years down the road..

    Wait, this is a sports article? Haha. I got distracted.

  7. Comment by Pat on February 12, 2009 9:27 am

    Florida State should be the Nintendo Virtual BOy. Red, ugly, and impossible to look at for a full 3 hours…

  8. Comment by Darin on February 12, 2009 10:10 am

    USC has numerous recruiting scandals? That is news to me, the Reggie Bush fiasco is the only one I can remember, and that is still under ongoing investigation. At least get your facts right. Compare USC and their success to Miami, Nebraska, Florida State, and Chokelahoma during their runs and you will see a remarkable clean, accountable program. An entertaining read, but yet one more reason that bloggers will never be considered journalists.

  9. Comment by Joe on February 12, 2009 10:10 am

    What about the Intellivision?! It blew away the Atari 2600 grahically, but never got the attention it deserved. I am not sure which college team would be the Intellivision….

  10. Comment by John F. on February 12, 2009 10:13 am

    Strange blog entry. Being someone who actually works in sports while at the same time a true gaming geek who actually has played all these systems (and I mean REALLY taken the time to play them, not just sports games and NwO vs. the World), some of your comments are way, way off. If you did actually play them instead of basing the comparisons off sales and your perceptions, your list might look a lot different.

  11. Comment by Chad on February 12, 2009 10:16 am

    How can you write this article when you’ve never played a game or more than one on half the systems? Your’e a fucking retard. And Bond 007 is the best game for N64. Mike Tyson’s Punchout is probably better than Tecmo Super Bowl… and NCAA 09 is the best game for ps2? Really? The newest college football game is the best for a system that launched in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. You don’t think there’s a single game better than that? That was just the last game you liked that you played on it so you put it on there. Don’t you think NCAA 09 would be better than 08 for ps3 if you liked so much on ps2?

    You sir are a moron.

  12. Comment by BigRedAvenger on February 12, 2009 10:30 am

    Awesomeness.

  13. Comment by Chris on February 12, 2009 10:37 am

    With that description, the intellivision would be BYU. Throught he 80s they had a great run, but never got great attention.

  14. Comment by P on February 12, 2009 10:40 am

    Nintendo Wii/ Florida… thats the best comparison on the page. They both are really gay and are loved by children and idiots. Texas/ X-box 360 = They seem like they are gonna pull it off (good games, graphics, etc..) but then shit the bed at the end (puts the death ring on all your discs/ overheats and flashes red when you actually want to use it)

  15. Comment by oh my on February 12, 2009 10:53 am

    oh my god. How did I ever end up on this pathetic site. spinning from comment #1, You my friend need spring ball to start…

  16. Comment by BugKiller on February 12, 2009 11:18 am

    Dude, don’t be a d-bag.

    The 360 Controllers are the best there are. They fit perfectly in the hands of an average guy (you must have lady hands, the opposite of man hands), and are easily the most ergonomically designed pads. They’ve actually won awards for being the best pads out there. Plus, you don’t need double-jointed tumbs to play them, as you do with Sony’s terrible dual shock controllers.

    Yes, the RRoD sucks, and it has been largely corrected, but as far as games go, there are no better games for any system that are better than the ones on XBox.

    Sony has done a great job of pissing off all of the third party game designers, so much so that they’ve lost just about all of their former exclusive titles (here comes Final Fantasy!), and their in-house games are ass.

    Compare that to Microsoft’s exclusives like Mass Effect and their in-house games like Gears of War, and then you add to that the innovation the 360 has brought to online gaming, and it’s no match. Yeah, the Piece of Sh!t 3’s online is free, but you get what you pay for, if you follow my meaning. I’d rather pay $50 for 13 months (buy a Live Card, which always has a bonus month), which is less than $5 a month, for superior online gaming, Netflix live streaming, and superior content, then pay nothing for the crap that is PS3’s online service.

    And that’s why the PS3 can’t touch the 360.

    Also, and it pains me to say this, but you should have the 2008 Bulldogs as the Sega Dreamcast, because they were both pretty much DOA even though they held so much promise.

    With my Dawgs, losing 3 starters off the offensive line, their best defensive tackle, and having the handicap of Willie Martines, the worst and least imaginative DC in the SEC, doomed them by the second game of the season.

    With the Dreamcast, it didn’t have the software support of third party developers (comparable to injuries… they didn’t have the games (players) to make it) to suceed, and while the PS3 also lacks quality third party development (or first party), most people have bought it as a future-proof blu-ray player (unlike those idiots stuck with the early profile 1.0 players with no firmware updates).

    The Dreamcast was really great, and if it had been a DVD player, or at least a DVD emmulator like the PS2 was, we might be playing the second generation Dreamcast right now. Blu Ray is the ONLY reason why the PS3 isn’t considered the single-worst flop in console history, though it’s pretty damn close.

  17. Comment by Dave S. on February 12, 2009 12:05 pm

    “The PS3 is a great system, but it’s horrendous opening price, and numerous problems, have kept it from legitimately competing with the X-Box 360.”

    Wait a second? Numerous problems? Have you forgotten about the Red Ring of Death? (which is just one of many) PS3 has yet to have any type of problem like this. Its still the only system that comes with the total package. Just as you mentioned USC does. You have to buy and buy more to get an X-Box to where the PS3 is.

    “SH’s favorite X-Box game: Never played it (hate the controllers)”
    Don’t seem like you are much of a gamer any more after the button sequence went above 4. Too complicated for ya?

  18. Comment by DiaperDandy on February 12, 2009 12:21 pm

    My money says BugKiller doesn’t get laid that often.

  19. Comment by Jutsy on February 12, 2009 12:22 pm

    “Nintendo officially jumped the shark with N64”? Really?

    GoldenEye and Mario Kart 64 were THE videogames (regardless of platform) that everyone (EVERYONE) played in 1997-1998. They were the Pac-Man of the late 90’s.

    You were definitely out of your element from the first comparison, dissing the Atari 2600 from the get-go, not to mention lumping the DS in with Gameboys. You wouldn’t group the PSP in with the Sega CD, would you? Ah, the Sega CD. So much undelivered promise…

  20. Comment by David on February 12, 2009 1:34 pm

    You forgot the “3DO” from Panasonic I think. I have one and still paly it. Two things they tried to do before anyone…games on CDs and opening up the development of games to anyone with a cheap development kit and not requiring a licensing fee…probably what killed them.

    Syracuse (my school) had black QS for the last half of the 80’s and all of the 90’s and the best scrabbling black QB (McNabb) before Vick was ever on the scene. Nabbie and the Orangemen beat Miami 66-13 his seanior year! They beat 4 teams that year by scoring more than 60 points. They were up on Rutgers 40-0 before the half. I know RU was bad, but no team in the country was beating people like SU and McNabb were…Ok I have issues….lets move on…

    They always used the best players on the team, to play on special teams, and always had TD on returns (just not always the same person) and many, many blocked punts and PAT….however the coordinator took off to VT and now they call that BeamerBall.

    SU is the only school with a winning record against VT…IN BLACKBURG!!! how’d that happen huh???? The NYTimes

    This thing called the Spread….take a look at what SU did in teh early 90’s when Marvin Graves (QB) and Marvin Harrison were playing.

    So, 3DO was super innovative and had better games, and a business model that was copied by others, and let the best players get involved in every aspect of the business….same as SU. (head down…shedding a single tear for my beloved team..and I still play my 3DO as well). I need therapy.

  21. Comment by Eddy on February 12, 2009 1:54 pm

    Nintendo 64, best game: 007 Goldeneye……the best game by far.

  22. Comment by shawn on February 12, 2009 3:07 pm

    Splatterhouse as the best turbografx game of all time??? Are you kidding. Not only was Bonk’s adventure the best game for that system, it is one of the greatest video games ever for any system.

  23. Comment by Ghostsof1948 on February 12, 2009 3:15 pm

    You aren’t much of a video game or college football expert, are you?

  24. Comment by Knyle on February 12, 2009 5:29 pm

    “You, my friend, are an idiot.” – says the pretentious guy who refers to himself as “genius” but likely wasted his “talents” reading the same time killing article I just read…and felt the need to post on it.

  25. Comment by getoveryourselves on February 12, 2009 6:05 pm

    Everyone with negatives need to drink a little out of the STFU fountain. The concept was amazing, and many of the comparisons were pretty cool. Get off your high horses of dumbfuckness and enjoy it for what it is. Your fucking clowns. If you didn’t agree with a comparison, state it, don’t just spew your trolling bullshit.

  26. Comment by Steelhead on February 12, 2009 6:28 pm

    getoveryourselves,
    Thanks for the props, but before you bash the less than pleased customers too much, you need to know they comprise 90% of my audience, and have fragile psyches, so go easy my man.
    -SH

  27. Comment by bob on February 12, 2009 6:49 pm

    Where the fuck was Intellivision?

  28. Comment by AS`ix on February 12, 2009 7:51 pm

    This was awesome!! Loved it emailed it to friends

  29. Comment by gtman on February 12, 2009 8:09 pm

    Ironically (maybe) Georgia Tech (TG16) beat Nebraska (Super Nintendo) to win their share of the 1990 National title. They shared it with Colorado who beat (albeit on a mythical clip on a punt runback for a TD) Notre Dame (Nintendo [NE]) in order to secure their share of the championship.

    Love the analogies, by the way.

  30. Comment by Komodo on February 12, 2009 11:25 pm

    No love/hate for the Sega Saturn?

  31. Comment by GoalieLax on February 12, 2009 11:27 pm

    “Navy…and Colecovision…both show signs of life once a decade”

    Umm, did you write this in 1999 and wait a decade to post it? While Navy may not compete for a National Championship, ask Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Boston College, etc if Navy only matters once a decade these days.

    Unless you mean that they only had the Bobby Dodd coach of the year this decade, in which case you’d be right. They’re averaged 8.5 wins since 2003 and have been to 6 straight bowl games

  32. Comment by mjacksongt on February 13, 2009 5:27 am

    All of you who say that Goldeneye is the best game on N64 are idiots. Ocarina of Time is the best game of ALL TIME. I bought that game when it first came out, and I still play it.

  33. Comment by Joe on February 13, 2009 7:28 am

    “Syracuse (my school) had black QS for the last half of the 80’s and all of the 90’s and the best scrabbling black QB (McNabb) ”

    How many NCs did McNabb bring Syracuse? Tommie Frazier was by far a better college QB.

  34. Comment by bonghorns on February 13, 2009 7:58 am

    I agree you need to shed your hatred for the xbox 360 and stop playing ps2 games, its 2009. Get the net.

    After careful consideration, the list reads as such:

    NES- Mario Bros.
    SNES- Mario Kart
    Shadowrun? Honestly? No one even knows what that game is. We all know the answer is Mario Kart. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it; It came in the mail with samples of Tide.
    Game Boy- Tetris
    Sega Genesis- (tie) NHL ’95 and Sonic the Hedgehog.
    N64- Goldeneye
    PSX- Tekken
    PS2- GTA San Andreas

    end of story

  35. Comment by Mike D on February 13, 2009 8:42 am

    All the people bashing the list are a bunch of fucking geeks. It’s a joke, get off your couch and go play some real sports instead of video games. Its his opinion…get over it nerds…

  36. Comment by intellivsion on February 13, 2009 8:57 am

    What about me?

  37. Comment by NedloG on February 13, 2009 9:48 am

    I love the list, except, no Dreamcast. All those 2K sports games early in this decade were great. The Rams and Broncos rocked in NFL 2K.

  38. Comment by Steelhead on February 13, 2009 10:08 pm

    Bonghorns,
    The reference to Tide samples almost made me shit myself. Well done.

    -SH

  39. Comment by Steelhead on February 13, 2009 10:11 pm

    GT,
    You had to bring up the punt return…….Excuse me while I drink copious amounts of Beam, and cry myself to sleep.
    -SH

  40. Comment by Steelhead on February 13, 2009 10:14 pm

    David,
    I think we all need therapy. Nice insight on the ‘Cuse, even though I have a bone to pick with the Orange right now. My buddy had a 3DO, but got it well after it was shit-canned, so he could never find games for it.
    -SH

  41. Comment by Steelhead on February 13, 2009 10:17 pm

    Jutsy,
    The Sega CD did deliver greatness in “Night Trap.” A soft-porn-esque game that I believe featured Dana Plato from “Diff’rent Strokes.” That Scottie Pippen game might have been the biggest turd ever.
    -SH

  42. Comment by GranMaMa on February 15, 2009 11:36 pm

    I like the list, but the best game for SNES was by far and away NBA Jam, and the best game for N64 was Mario Kart 64.

  43. Comment by Stinky Twinkies on February 16, 2009 5:56 pm

    What about the PSP getting a team? I would link them to Texas Tech or Oklahoma State with their innovative offense and the PSP being innovative for their quirky movies. Plus you can hack the older ones.

  44. Comment by bonghorns on February 17, 2009 1:06 pm

    Mike D you chauchbag,

    “All the people bashing the list are a bunch of fucking geeks. It’s a joke, get off your couch and go play some real sports instead of video games. Its his opinion…get over it nerds…”

    we replied because SH wrote “If you feel that I snubbed someone . . . please pipe up”

    So we did, like any American we voiced our opinion and depending on which region of the country we grew up in we either agreed or disagreed with each other. You sir, are French. Being that this is a SPORTS illustrated website and this column references SPORTS, inherently we at some point have played sports and derived a love of sports from playing as kids. Since this column references gaming systems made in the early 80s, Im guessing most of us are in our mid 20s sitting alone at a meaningless job and happened across this awesome article and wanted nothing else but to voice our opinion. But you had to ruin it Mike D. Its not our fault you didnt receive adequate nourishment in Paris you goon.

  45. Comment by Th95 on February 17, 2009 6:08 pm

    -Dreamcast had an NBA game that I spent way too much time playing. It was awesome.
    -Genesis, 100% correct with NHL 95.
    -Super nintendo, super tecmo bowl. Probably still one of my favorite games of all time
    -and who can hate on mario cart on nintendo 64.

    All of these games contributed to me being the moron I am today

  46. Comment by tiocfaidh ar la on July 22, 2009 11:58 am

    Clearly you know very little about college football. USC has won 11 games 7 consecutive years, a record. USC has finished in the top 4 7 straight years, a record. They had a stretch where they went 37-2 over the course of 3 years, winning 2 national titles and 2 Heisman trophies. None of the other teams on this list have had a 3 year stretch anywhere near that. All the teams on this list have crap years here and there (2005 for OU, last year for LSU, 2 years ago for Florida) Hell, the year Tebow won the Heisman they lost 5 games! Including the bowl to Michigan! Sure, USC does have a tendency to lose to inferior teams, but who doesn’t? Florida hasn’t gone undefeated in the last 15 years. Oklahoma gets the SHIT beat out of them in bowl games every year, including in 2004 to USC, 55-19.

    And there has been exactly 1 allegation of a USC football player getting illegal benefits in Pete Carroll’s era, and that was Reggie Bush. It is still under investigation, but no one believes the university paid him, it was a sports agent who was trying to get hired by him when he went pro that allegedly provided his family with a house.

  47. Comment by Steelhead on July 22, 2009 1:57 pm

    I’ll put this as nicely as possible: I know quite a bit about college football, and agree with the majority of the country (Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, and East Coast) when I say that USC would not have had anywhere close to 7 straight 11 win seasons in the Big 12 or SEC. That’s a fact, and exactly why the Trojans aren’t as widely respected as Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, etc.

  48. Comment by shreddy on May 17, 2010 5:37 am

    what about the vectrex

  49. Comment by john on March 27, 2011 3:32 pm

    as far as i am concerned the only comfortable controllers were the snes and n64. i couldent stand the playstation controllers the position of your hands while holding it is uncomfortable and the buttons are too spread apart. it becomes hard to press 2 buttons with the same finger..i always had used my thumb to hold the run button and also press the jump button whenever i needed to with the nes, snes and n64.. with the playstation it really hurts my thumb after awhile because i have to streach even further to do so…
    and the xbox controllers felt too bulky but were still better than the playstation..
    n64 is top dog in my opinion.. wii and snes are right there with the n64..
    i dislike the xbox ps2+ and stuff because of the style of gameplay..
    most of the new games for ps3, xbox360 are really graphical and complicated.. its not like you can just sit down with anybody and expect them to play it…

    with the nes, snes, and n64 it wasent complicated.. you could bring over the dumbest girlfriend you have ever had, crack open a few beers and expect her to be able to beat level 1 in mario.. you cant say the same thing for the new games like call of duty games, or gears of war..
    nintendo has always hit the nail right on the head with each console.. the systems were simple and enjoyable.

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