QOTD: What's the Oldest Console You Still Play?

While we all love our PC games, some of our fondest gaming memories were in front of the TV with a console. The Nintendo Entertainment System practically raised an entire generation, so to say that consoles aren't a big part of our gaming heritage would be remiss.

Marcus: I learned all about video games from the NES, but these days when I get the inkling to play any of the old school games that are stowed somewhere in a box in my basement, I just break out the emulators that run fairly well on my iPhone. The oldest console that I still have hooked up to a TV is a Dreamcast, which will always have a special place in my heart. *Reminisces of days gone by with Jet Grind Radio, Skies of Arcadia, Soul Calibur, Space Channel 5, Shenmue, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Crazy Taxi.*

Jane: Well, doesn’t this bring back traumatic memories? I would be able to say NES, if some jerk hadn’t thrown mine away when I was a young’un. For the purpose of this story, let’s call this jerk “John McEntegart,” because that’s his name. One day I went to play my NES, and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Just a single lonesome controller. I asked my father, “Dad, if you were a NES, where would you be?” His response, “In the bin.” My dad threw my NES away because, and I quote, “But you have a PlayStation now, you don’t need it anymore.” I think that controller is still in my dad’s place. It no doubt reminds him of the first time his daughter ever went full on Village of the Damned on him. Memories. Oldest console that wasn’t thrown away by some jerk during my formative years? Xbox or PlayStation.

Tuan: I haven't touched a console in a long time, let alone an old one. The last console I spent anytime with was my PlayStation 3. These days, if I play any old game, it's through an emulator. Despite this, sometimes I still wish I had my original NES or Genesis.

The question of the day is: What's the oldest console you still play on?

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Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • N64 Mario Cart FTW with friends
  • carver_g
    I play 'em all in emulation.
  • sheath
    N64 is the best
  • amdgamer666
    idk what happened to my gool ol' nes but u can bet your ass i still my play my snes :P
  • Geibys
    I still have my sega genisis, with sonic 2 hooked up along with my sega gamegear
  • turboflame
    N64, still break it out from time to time with friends.
  • peterkidd
    Every once in a while I put in some Final Fantasy III on my SNES.
  • Luscious
    Oldest console - how about the original Atari 2600!!! Still got mine, still works, and still fire it up to play my bazillion cartidges when I feel like doing it "old skool". Love those rapid-fire joysticks.

    Call me an old fart if you like, but collectors out there would envy my setup - still in brand-spanking new condition.
  • zehpavora
    N64, with Waverace 64 as the first game ever. God, it is so nostalgic to go to Youtube and listen to the Opening Theme... *going to Youtube*
  • john_smarty
    super Nintendo :D