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Emerson Arcadia 2001
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Gaming Console
    (1982-1983)
    Released by Emerson Radio
    Game library of 51 games
    Its name rips off the title of a Stanley Kubrick film.
    It was designed to compete with the Atari 2600, but it was released right before the more advanced Atari 5200 and ColecoVision.
    Emerson constructed thousands of Pac Man cartridges only to shelve them permanently when Atari threatened to sue if they were sold.
    It was not innovative, and Emerson ripped off much of its design from Atari and Intellivision.
    One of its games, titled 'Hobo,' mocked the homeless.
    Emerson touted its ability to be transported anywhere, but it required a portable television in order to play on the go (and barely anybody had one in the 1980s).
    They sold stupid games with titles like 'Space Chess,' 'The End,' 'Funky Fish,' 'Crazy Gobbler' and 'Tanks a Lot.'
    The marketing geniuses behind the system, realizing that the ColecoVision killed their system, decided to lie about Arcadia's specs to get more sales.
    They said the Arcadia had 28k of RAM when it only had 1K (a lie times 28).
    It was sold regionally under different company names.
    It did not last until the year 2001, in fact it barely lasted a year.
    It was a colossal failure.
    It was small and easy to transport.
    Atari demanded exclusive rights to all the games released on their consoles, making it difficult to get popular games made for the Arcadia 2001.
    All of its games are now in the public domain.

Credit: Captain Howdy


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