"I don't believe it myself. Imagine reading your e-mail on this thing and you'd have to hook it up to a modem, so you couldn't leave your house anyway... WHY NOT JUST USE A COMPUTER!?"
The game.com (pronounced "game com") was a handheld system made by Tiger Electronics, famous for making low-quality LCD games long beforehand. The system can be seen as revolutionary for its time, as it had a touch screen and rudimentary Internet functionality long before other video game companies tried their hand at it, along with other curious features like having two cartridge slots (initially). Perhaps this was for the best, as the router used to connect the game.com to the internet was a nightmare to hook up, and both the instructions that came with the system and the ones on Tiger's site were incorrect.
Nonetheless, it's still an interesting little nugget of video game history, and it got a decent amount of games with recognizable brand names on them (though the games themselves were rarely up to snuff).
In addition to the above, Game.com Internet
and Tiger Web Link
were released as part of internet-connection accessories.
- A Bug's Life
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- Metal Gear Solid
- Name That Tune (the released pictures indicate it was at least visually based on the 1984-85 revival)
- NBA Hangtime
- Shadow Madness (seen in a Game.Com TV advert, but never named or even announced)
- WCW Whiplash