A lot of companies learned a number of very hard lessons that generation. Perhaps the strangest thing is that most of them failed for entirely different reasons.
thats interesting, i'd say probably the biggest failure, on the fact its games were piss, but what they were trying is actually what we have now was the philips CDI.
a machine that could play games, movies, CDs, was a karaoke machine, basically THE multimedia machine of its time.
they did the CDI thing, movies on CD, a new way of watching films, and tbh much better than VHS, i have a few, each chapter or scene in the movie is basically a track, the movie itself is not digital from what i know, so the quality is that of video, but it doesn't degrade after years of repeat viewing, it has the bonus of being a CD, no rewinding, instant pause, chapter select (well track select), small and fairly inexpensive, it should have taken off, its the logical step, VHS to CDI to DVD, but few have even heard of it.
best i know is that it failed because it was insanely over priced, had no games, had woeful advertising, as they didn't know what to market it as and one of, if not the worst controllers of all time. That said its the most interesting system i own, the games are strawberry floating awful, and strange, but i like the early 90's multimedia side of it, watching topgun on CDI like a hero.
it looks nothing like a console either, its a huge gray box (210) but i think they made console ones that then didn't play the movies
, which was a stupid move as the games side of the CDI was the weakest side of things.
i still think it was ahead of its time, its what we have now, in a very basic form, tried to bring a new video format to the market, not unlike what sony have done, and did more for your buck than be just a video game system, alass it is a forgotten footnote of history.
i literally walked out of my dads balls and he didn't even need to eject me. I beat you with these socks filled with cow ears so you could hear the last words i said to them before i killed them all.