If you could go back in time and stop one thing from happening in gaming history, what would it be?

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#1 SolidGame_basic
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I think I would stop the Dreamcast from failing. It would've been great to see Sega be successful with the system. I wonder what a Sega system today would be like. Would Xbox still be in business if it weren't for the Dreamcast? Another thing I would stop from happening is the cancellation of Silent Hills by Konami. I would have loved to see what that game would've looked like. It was was way more inspirational than Death Stranding. I would also stop Shenmue 2 from failing haha. Ok I cheated and gave three. I think out of those three, Silent Hills would be the one. What about you, SW? If you could go back in time and stop one thing from happening in gaming history, what would it be?

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#2 sonicare
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I would stop myself from buying the Nintendo Wii U.

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#3 JustPlainLucas
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I would stop Nintendo from backstabbing Sony with the CD add-on. Was always wondering how the game would be if it was Nintendo PlayStation

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#4 DrLostRib
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Tell Nintendo to learn how to use the internet

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#5 dimebag667
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I would kill the internet. That way single player games and local multiplayer would rule the land.

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#6  Edited By DaVillain-  Moderator
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I would warned George Locus to never sell Star Wars to Disney cause he'll regret it for the rest of his life and tell him to never let LocusArts die either. They were the true masters of making good Star Wars games.

Also, tell Bioware to never sell their souls to EA and be more independent.

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#7 getyeryayasout
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Online connectivity for consoles.

Every worst case scenario envisioned at the dawn of online connectivity, from incomplete games shipping at full price, to games being picked apart and sold to us piecemeal have all come to pass.

Thanks to greedy game publishers, gaming has been all downhill since the implementation of our broadband tethers.

Booooo! Technology. Boooo! I say!

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#8 R-Gamer
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@davillain-: Have to admit those are good ones.

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#9 R-Gamer
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I would tell Konami that Japan will crackdown on pachinko gambling and your focus should stay on video games.

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#10 onesiphorus
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Tell the engineers at Microsoft that the Xbox 360 has a design flaw before it is released. Would have prevented the so-called Red Ring of Death from existing and hurting the Xbox brand.

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#11 sealionact
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I'd stop me from buying an imported 3do which I paid over $1000 for.

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#12 LJS9502_basic
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SEGA leaving the console market.

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#13 Renegade_Fury
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Probably stop the 32X from happening. SEGA CD was a money sink too, but I don't think I could sacrifice its library.

I'd also be curious to see what would have happened if Sonic Xtreme was able to come out for the Saturn, and especially if Chris Sen and Ofer Alon had made it in time to that infamous meeting with SEGA's president before having to scrap everything for a far worse engine.

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#14 BoxRekt
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@LJS9502_basic said:

SEGA leaving the console market.

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For Nintendo to acquire Rare.

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@Gaming-Planet said:

For Nintendo to acquire Rare.

Rare did ask if Nintendo want to buy Rare and they did beg them to but Nintendo rejected Rare's offer. Oh well.

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#17 Fedor
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Stop SquareSoft from merging with Enix.

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#18 GoldenElementXL
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@Renegade_Fury: I love Segas idea of the genesis, cd, and 32X. I would like to see the alternate universe where that concept took off. The biggest negative there was the giant power brick for each console. I feel like that add on concept could work these days in a far more elegant way.

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#19 BoxRekt
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@fedor said:

Stop SquareSoft from merging with Enix.

?

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#20 pmanden
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@Renegade_Fury: I think that Sonic Xtreme would have sucked no matter what. The Saturn's hardware was too weak to deliver a truly great 3D experience. Look at the videos from the unfinished game. Dull graphics, dull worlds and a 20 fps frame rate.

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#21 BoxRekt
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@pmanden said:

@Renegade_Fury: I think that Sonic Xtreme would have sucked no matter what. The Saturn's hardware was too weak to deliver a truly great 3D experience. Look at the videos from the unfinished game. Dull graphics, dull worlds and a 20 fps frame rate.

He's just envisioning a world in which Sega didn't exist the console market. Indeed a welcome vision.

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#22 DEVILinIRON
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Somehow make Todd Howard disappear.

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#23 pmanden
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Many good suggestions here. Yes, Sega should have stayed in the hardware business. There is nothing wrong with Microsoft and Sony, but Sega was just cooler.

I also want to change the direction of Silent Hill. The first game was amazing, so why couldn't the rest of the series be like that, and where is the series now?

Finally, I wished that Resident Evil 4 didn't happen. It should have been a horror game similar to 1-3. As should no. 5 and 6.

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#24 djoffer
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Killing whoever first thought of founding EA...

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@dimebag667 said:

I would kill the internet. That way single player games and local multiplayer would rule the land.

Imagine a world where games work properly at release and without huge day 1 patches... that's the kind world I want to live in!

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#26 pmanden
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@dimebag667: Absof☆☆kinglutely! Kill that internet, and praised be the single-player experience. Amen.

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#27  Edited By Renegade_Fury
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@pmanden: Maybe, but I'd want to try it out regardless, especially the variation that was built using the NiGHTS engine if Yuji Naka hadn't prohibited its development. I just think having a Sonic title would have gone a long ways in the west since it's what propelled the Genesis into the spotlight. That, and if SEGA America hadn't made so many awful decisions regarding the Saturn, such as its surprise E3 launch, and SEGA of Japan completely ignoring everyone else's input in general.

@goldenelementxl: Yeah, having 3 power bricks is just not a practical setup even now. I tend to only leave my SEGA CD attached to my Genesis for that reason. Still, as a kid, I thought making the Genesis "more powerful" was the coolest concept ever, lol.

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#28 Pedro
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Introduce online to consoles earlier.

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#29 onesiphorus
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@Pedro said:

Introduce online to consoles earlier.

Earlier than the 1980s? Home consoles did have online use before the video game crash as I remembered.

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#30 VFighter
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@onesiphorus: He probably means online that actually worked and more then 10 people nationwide had.

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#31  Edited By I_P_Daily
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@djoffer said:

Killing whoever first thought of founding EA...

Why? they made killer games in the 16-bit era, after that you can do the killing lol.

For me I would kill off all this E-sports crap (allowing children to win millions of dollars is never a good thing) Twitch and other streaming crap like it. YouTube "personalities", Sony's movie games.

Lastly turn consoles back into solely gaming machines not entertainment boxes.

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#32 warmblur
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Make sure regenerating health never exist.

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#33  Edited By dogfish515
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@boxrekt: Enix and Squaresoft merged in 2003 with Enix technically being the surviving company as Squaresoft stock was exchanged for Enix stock. Ever since then, fans of both companies’ franchises consider the merger to be the outset of the mediocrity that has followed when compared to the powerhouse status both companies had enjoyed in generations prior.

I still think it’s nuts that technically the old Square Co. is gone; it’s officially dissolved.

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@fedor: Good God, this. SE as a developer is a giant turd. Their only saving grace is that they got into publishing.

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#35 AJStyles
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I would have cancelled Zelda and made sure the franchise never existed.

The single most overrated franchise in gaming history by fanboy nerds. It is truly sickening.

To this day they are still handing out 10/10’s to ports of Zelda game boy games. It’s one of the worst Zelda games made....yet IGN couldn’t give it lower than a 9.4? LOL 😂

Oh man, you read all the reviews and they even admit the game isn’t very good, but they can’t stop fanboying and still give it 9+ scores.

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#36 Robbie23
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I would have saved Silent Hill P.T from getting cancelled.

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No disrespect to the man, but I’d want Iwata to have not been appointed as Nintendo’s president after Yamauchi retired.

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#38  Edited By uninspiredcup  Online
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A genius fattened up by Microsoft.

The moment Peter Molyneux worked on Fable was the moment his long arduous end took fruition.

Every negative personality trait heightened, his child like naivety once a boon, soured by delusions of grandeur, blind and oblivious as king became jester.

In the correct timeline, as I leap like Sam Becket trying to get home while emotional music plays, he'd be rightly praised more than hack-lord Hideo Kojima, directed towards the path of good before all the awfulness took place.

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#39 omegaMaster
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Stop the development of final fantasy 13

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#40 bussinrounds
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Stop the dumbing down of mainstream gaming.

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#41 DaVillain-  Moderator
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@MirkoS77 said:

No disrespect to the man, but I’d want Iwata to have not been appointed as Nintendo’s president after Yamauchi retired.

To be fair, I would at least tell Iwata to never create Wii U, make it into Nintendo Switch cause the Switch is what the Wii U should have been.

@ajstyles said:

I would have cancelled Zelda and made sure the franchise never existed.

The single most overrated franchise in gaming history by fanboy nerds. It is truly sickening.

To this day they are still handing out 10/10’s to ports of Zelda game boy games. It’s one of the worst Zelda games made....yet IGN couldn’t give it lower than a 9.4? LOL 😂

Oh man, you read all the reviews and they even admit the game isn’t very good, but they can’t stop fanboying and still give it 9+ scores.

LOL I got a good laugh out of this one😂

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#42  Edited By dogfish515
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@ajstyles: Just curious if there are any Zelda games you do like? I ask because while I do absolutely agree with scores being inflated at times (scores are inflated in general nowadays), it is an influential franchise that has had some amazing game design over the years.

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@ajstyles said:

I would have cancelled Zelda and made sure the franchise never existed.

The single most overrated franchise in gaming history by fanboy nerds. It is truly sickening.

To this day they are still handing out 10/10’s to ports of Zelda game boy games. It’s one of the worst Zelda games made....yet IGN couldn’t give it lower than a 9.4? LOL 😂

Oh man, you read all the reviews and they even admit the game isn’t very good, but they can’t stop fanboying and still give it 9+ scores.

That seems extreme. Don't play the games if they aren't for you but denying entertainment for others seems selfish.

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#44 AcidTango
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So many things that I would change if I went back in time but it would be a long list.

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The xbox

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#46 uninspiredcup  Online
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@tenaka2 said:

The xbox

It's difficult to imagine just how much better FPS would be had Halo not came along. Truly the bane of the genre.

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PC

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Stop sega from releasing add ons for the mega drive. They should have used all resources on the Saturn.

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The ability to purchase loot boxes with real world money.

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#50 MirkoS77
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@davillain- said:
@MirkoS77 said:

No disrespect to the man, but I’d want Iwata to have not been appointed as Nintendo’s president after Yamauchi retired.

To be fair, I would at least tell Iwata to never create Wii U, make it into Nintendo Switch cause the Switch is what the Wii U should have been.

It wasn't so much any singular action he did, but his underlying philosophies I take issue with that've become part of Nintendo's DNA today.