Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:33 AM
VIC-20 doesn't belong there. Yes, it had little memory even for its time, and not the best resolution on the market, but it was also much cheaper than its competitors when it was released. Over time, other brands catched up. I strongly question the editor's choice of words when he writes that it did not deserve to be beloved. Who decides who or what deserves to be beloved? :evil:Texas TI-99/4 also doesn't belong on the list. Yes, it was quite overpriced and has some technical bottlenecks (to reduce cost and get the machine on the market, if I understood correctly). But it was released in 1979, competing next to Atari 800. Perhaps the Atari gave you much more value for money, but being second best at a time in history shouldn't deserve you to be called one of the worst ever. Would you pick whoever ended up in second place in 100 meter running in the Olympic Games, say 1968, to be one of the ten worst sprinters through time? No, I don't think so neither.I'm wondering why IBM PCjr was excluded from the list. That seems like a failed attempt from IBM to get into the home computing business. You have Coleco Adam, but where is Mattel Aquarius? Or do you consider that one to be more of a video game than a computer? Some other fairly odd and collectable beasts that technically could be questioned include Comx-35 (Dutch/Hong Kong) and Colour Genie (HK), the latter so full of bugs that reviewers got frustrated already in 1983. How about the Amiga 600, a model I never understood the need for despite being an Amiga fan myself. I'm sure if I move forwards in time and include all kinds of more or less failed PC clones with custom chipsets, I could mention a handful more systems who appeared worse in their day than both the VIC-20 and TI-99/4 did. I can't speak for the Apple /// though.Now, I would like to see the same editor make a list of the ten best computers through time, maybe in a future issue if it hasn't already been done. Please consider machines ranging back as far as you want, at least from 1975 and motivate wisely what made them great.