So, I'm sitting here with a very expensive PS4 that was shipped to my house well and truly broken, waiting on the FedEx guy to arrive with a "coffin" so I can ship it back to Sony to get a new one. And that made me think back to all of the consoles I've had over the years, and how many of them have failed or broke in one way or another. My story might be a bit of a long read because it covers 30 years, but even if you don't make it through it I'd like to hear about your consoles and which ones have broken on you. Atari 2600: Our first Atari 2600 was fried when lightning hit our trailer. My dad tried to fix it, but it didn't work. Eventually we got another one that worked great for years. We did have an issue for a while where you couldn't press up, that made certain games like E.T. completely impossible. My brother figured out a piece of metal was stuck in the controller port and fixed it. Eventually that 2600 got supplanted by NES and went into storage until my brother got it out of the closet one day and took it apart to see what was inside. I have to admit, that was fascinating. NES: Our NES was worked like a mule. We wore out several sets of controllers, and would get old ones from neighborhood children and play them for what little life was left in them. The console also became increasingly balky about playing games, where it was a crapshoot if you would get one to work at all. In about 2005 I got it out, took it apart, and sandpapered the contacts. Put it back together and it worked like new. I think it more recently got filled with water from a leaky roof and ruined, though. SNES: Our SNES never actually failed. The plastic yellowed to a disgusting yellow. Games got a little balky. Controllers wore out. And one of our controllers developed a short where it would shock you in certain games. But it worked the last time I used it. Sega Genesis: I have a number of Genesis and Sega CD consoles and a JVC X'Eye. Most of them have a bad port now and won't play cartridge games. I could probably fix them with some cleaning. 3DO: My 3DO works, as far as I know. But the two budget, off-brand controllers that came with it both broke in a hilarious 30 minutes from when I got the console. I bought an adapter and used an SNES controller with it from then on. Atari Jaguar: Bought it at a fleamarket. Guy gave me the wrong power cord for it. Maybe that fried it of maybe it was already broken, but it never worked right. Master System, Turbografx, Phillips CDI, maybe some others I'm forgetting: Bought all of these used years after they came out, they still work as far as I know. Sega Saturn: Still works fine. Think I had to replace the CMOS battery, and one controller is very frayed with open wires. Game Gear: This was my brother's, not mine, but like most Game Gears it has fallen to a leaky capacitors problem and has a washed-out, too bright screen. Still playable, just not as pretty. Playstation: Whoo boy, Playstation. The Playstation had a flaw where it would steadily get more and more out of alignment and begin refusing to read discs. The jerry-rigged solution to this was to put the darned thing on its side, so that's where my Playstation sat for most of its life. I eventually gave it away when I got PS2. It still worked, kinda. Dreamcast: The Dreamcast also had a frustrating laser alignment issue that kept me from playing some of its best games. Heartbreakingly, Skies of Arcadia was one it would never play. I bought another one, and took the first one apart eventually and fixed it and gave it to my brother, but I'd already moved on to PS2 by that time. PS2: I've never given any console more work than my PS2, not even the NES. I used it as my main gaming console and my main DVD player for years, daily extended use. So after a while it did start to get out alignment and have trouble reading discs. One day I pulled it off the dresser and broke it, so I thought I had nothing to lose and took it apart to put it back together. I accidentally pulled the cover off the disc drive, but the repair worked and I was able to realign the laser. It held for a while, but went bad again so I got a slim PS2 for $5 at a yard sale and still use that. Gamecube: My Gamecube got a lot less use than the PS2. The only thing that ever broke on it was the eject button. I had to mash that in different ways to get the lid open. Various Gameboy Advances: I never kept the Gameboy Advance long enough for it to break on me, I've had three and gave them all away to kids I know. I do have a Gameboy Player that still works, though. Nintendo DS: The DS I had was either defective, or its microphone failed at some point. I recently gave it away to a child who probably won't care about the microphone. Xbox: I was one of the unlucky ones to get an Xbox with the dreaded, defective, Thompson-manufactured DVD drive. It eventually stopped reading discs and became a paperweight, before I was able to finish KOTOR 2. I later bought another one and made sure to check this one had a more reliable Samsung drive. That one got a lot of use because I discovered Morrowind. Hundreds of hours on that game alone. Xbox 360: Yep, my 360 red-ringed. It held on for about three or four years after I got it. I was playing Fallout 3 in my apartment in the winter with the heat on and it kept freezing. I thought, "Wow, this game is glitchy!" But it wasn't that glitchy. My console wasn't under warranty any more, but they were still repairing them if you argued enough with the CSR. They fixed it and it still works, but it's balky about turning on after I first plug it in so I think there's an issue with power supply. PS3: I bought a 40GB fat PS3 used, so no warranty. I used the crap out of that sucker, both as a media hub and a game machine. After a few years it YLOD'd on me. There was no replacing it without a warranty, so I just went out and bought a new one, which has worked fine. Better than the old one, which had a crappy wifi circuit that only used about a third of my speed. Wii: My Wii still works like new, but I haven't used it that much. 3DS: 3DS still works great, even though I dropped it in a mud puddle. It's a tough little dealy. It's weird about internet, though. It hated the wifi at my old apartment and didn't work right with it. PSP: My PSP has a flaw that makes it reset itself randomly in some games. If I want to avoid it I have to play with it plugged in. It sucks. And it won't work with the wifi where I live now at all. PS4: Got the PS4 in the mail Wednesday night from Amazon. Was already worried about it because I'd heard many of the Amazon one's were defective. And mine was, too. It turned on and tried to boot but froze. After that it showed a few images, but never got through the boot process and mostly just sat with an annoying blinking blue light and a blank screen. I'm sending it back and hopefully I'll get a good one. Wow, looking back most of the consoles I've purchased have had or developed some problem or another. And, yes, Nintendo fans, Nintendo does seem to have the best quality track record. Not perfect, but definitely the best. So why do I keep buying these thing I know are going to break? I guess my love of video games outweighs common sense.