14/04/2017

☆ Try My Retro Console Top Trumps - Part 1 ☆ #Retrogaming

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Do you like video games? Do you like Top Trumps? 

Have you ever wondered why there aren't video games related Top Trumps?

Specifically, I'm thinking Retro Console Top Trumps...

Imagine a deck of cards with all your favourite consoles rated so as they can go head to head!

It's been something that I have thought about quite a bit and now I've decided that I will make my very own set of retro console cards and share them with the good people of the Games Freezer.

Which Consoles Qualify?
Where shall we start? Well, let's first work out what the consoles will be.

In a standard deck of Top Trumps, there are 30 cards. Therefore we need 30 consoles/video games computers.

I've sat down and come up with the following list of eligible consoles/video games computers.


Card #Machine
1Atari 2600
2NES
3SMS
4SMD
5SNES
6N64
7SATURN
8PS1
9PS2
10XBOX
11Atari 7800
12C64
13Spectrum +2
14PC Engine
15BBC
16ATARI 800
17Game Cube
18Gameboy
19Dreamcast
20Game Gear
21Lynx
22Amstrad GX4000
23Amstrad CPC
24Jaguar
25Virtual Boy
26Vectrex
27Amiga
28Atari ST
29NEO GEO
30Game & Watch

Notice that I have included consoles, handhelds, video games computers and LCD display video games in my list. I chose this list based on the most popular video games machines over the last 30 years and have gone as far as including the original XBOX.

Ratings Categories
As we all know, Top Trumps cards have different rating categories for each type of deck. I tried to take some inspiration from the days of the video game reviews in Mean Machines and broke it down into the following 5 review style categories for each console.

Power - A measurement of the console's power in terms of BITS/CPU Power

Games - How many great games does the console have 

Graphics - Generally how good are the graphics on the console / what is it capable of

Sound - How good is the sound considered to be on the console, which is generally determined by a sound chip

Overall - Put all the above together and come up with an overall score (non-scientific but fun!)

All the above categories are given a rating out of 10 so as we can have a standardised rating system on all the categories.

How Did Each Console Rate?
After following the rating category guidelines and a bit of head scratching and pondering I came up with these ratings for each of the consoles:


Card #MachinePowerGamesGraphicsSoundOverall
1Atari 260018327
2NES410559
3SMS47546
4SMD58768
5SNES6108810
6N6478878
7SATURN84886
8PS1910989
9PS29.5109.589.5
10XBOX1081098.5
11Atari 780037426
12C6449477
13Spectrum +249457
14PC Engine55765.5
15BBC43335
16ATARI 80048435.5
17Game Cube7.57.58.57.57
18Gameboy3.510458
19Dreamcast8.578.577.5
20Game Gear46646
21Lynx55756
22Amstrad GX400041432
23Amstrad CPC48446.5
24Jaguar6.5167.52
25Virtual Boy31233
26Vectrex15236
27Amiga9108109.5
28Atari ST77767
29NEO GEO89878.5
30Game & Watch17115

Let's Create The Cards!
Now the fun part begins. We have a consoles list and the ratings populated for each of the chosen categories and now it's time to actually create the cards.

I'm going to use Inkscape to try and create the cards and i'll add the image of each card to this article as I go along.

Here goes.....


ATARI 2600

Nintendo Entertaiment System

SEGA Master System

SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis

Super Nintendo Entertainment System


Nintendo 64



SEGA Saturn

Playstation

Playstation 2


XBOX

ATARI 7800

Commodore 64

Spectrum

PC Engine


To Be Continued......

Stay Tuned For The Next Set Of Top Trump Cards!

"Stay Frosty!"