Oculus Rift, which will start accepting preorders later this week, might be the next big advancement in video game systems.

Reddit user ZadocPaetTiger R-Zone (Reddit user ZadocPaet)

Or history could judge it harshly, and it might end up as another strange artifact in Reddit user ZadocPaet’s expansive menagerie of home consoles alongside the Tiger R-Zone.

ZadocPaet began collecting consoles in the late 1990s while he was in high school as a way to reconnect with his childhood enjoyment of video games, he told Upvoted. Currently, he owns 77 consoles and handheld systems that he’s picked up over the years.

“The idea was to buy stuff that I played as a kid on my [Sega] Genesis or Saturn, but that we couldn’t afford. Back then most people I knew only rented games and rarely bought them. Then I decided to buy back the Atari 2600 that was stolen when I was a kid. Then I bought things that I thought looked really cool as a kid that you’d see in game magazines like EGM or GamePro, and occasionally in store displays at places like Incredible Universe; stuff like Atari Jaguar and 3DO. I also got this newfangled thing called the internet in 1996, which led me to discover the existence of a lot more consoles that I had never heard of, like Vectrex, so I started buying them too. It was a lot cheaper to collect games back then, of course, but it’s not impossible today.”

Recently, ZadocPaet posted a gallery of the top 10 weirdest consoles in his collection in the Gaming community, and Upvoted asked him to highlight a few of them.

Favorite Weird Console: Atari XE Game System (XEGS), 1987

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“The Atari XEGS wins pretty easily. What Atari did here was consolize their 65XE personal computer. It makes no sense whatsoever from a business or marketing perspective, seeing as how they already had a more powerful 8-bit console on the market. But it is compatible with games and software from the entire Atari 8-bit line of computers. So it has an utterly massive library of games. Since there are a lot of games from the likes of Atari and Activision, there are also a lot of good games for it. Plus it uses a 9-pin controller port, so that means you can use your Atari 2600 or Sega Genesis controllers with it.”

Rarest Weird Console: Coleco Telstar Arcade, 1976

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“It took me a few years of trying to get my hands on the Coleco Telstar Arcade. Being the terrific triangle that it is, it’s in high demand just for how unique it is. The console uses cartridges, but they’re really Pong-style chips on a cart. They don’t contain ROM programs. So this is really a first-generation system. Part of what makes it rare is that by the time it hit the market in 1977, second generation ‘reprogrammable’ consoles that used proper ROM carts were already on the market, like the Fairchild Channel F and, of course, the Atari Video Computer System, which today we know better as the Atari 2600. This led to the Telstar Arcade being outclassed from day one, so not a lot were sold. … I got lucky and won an auction for an ‘untested’ one on eBay that just so happened to work.”

Worst Weird Console: Mattel HyperScan, 2006

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“Of this lot, the honor of being the worst goes to the Mattel HyperScan. The loading times are so slow that it can literally be up to five minutes from the time you pop a disc in and turn it on to the time you get to play. The gimmick behind the console is that it combines card games with video games. Card games were super popular with 10 year olds in the mid 2000s, and video games have always been popular with that demographic. Someone at Mattel thought it’d be a good idea to combine the two. It wasn’t.”

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