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I know that I can make suggestions to the details of a Platform on the Games DB, but I was wondering would people be more accepting to see similar notes on all platforms?  It seems that it would be nice to have consistency, especially if the info is displayed in Bigbox.  I know I have seen a few that are very thorough on the system, and others that are lucky to have a sentence.  I am going through mine and replacing with text like this:

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The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, commonly known as the Atari 5200, is a second generation (1976–1992) video game console developed and distributed by Atari, Inc. It was released in November 1982 at a retail price of $269. The 5200 was based on Atari Inc.'s existing 400/800 computers and the internal hardware was almost identical, although software was not directly compatible between the two systems. The console was manufactured until May 21, 1984.

The RCA Studio II is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console developed and distributed by RCA. It was released in January 1977 at a retail price of $149. One distinct feature of the Studio II was its five built-in games. The console exited the console market in February 1984.

I am at a point that I have gotten a lot from the community and I am willing to give back if it would be appreciated.

Thoughts?

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So i revised the text i put together for consoles.  I have made the submissions to the GamesDB for the following so far: Atari Consoles. (A lot of what we have is just cut and paste for Wikipedia anyway.)

My goal was to have as concise a description as I could put together in one paragraph of information.  The paragraph has the following:

1. A sentence describing the name, console generation, and publisher.

2. A sentence with the primary country's release date and price.

3. A sentence for other released countries and years.

4. A sentence talking about a defining feature of the device.

5. A sentence describing the discontinuation date of the platform.

These descriptions seem to look decent in the Unified Redux Big Box Theme. 

Any other information that seems super necessary when viewing in say BigBox or the GamesDB mainly?

 

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Here are what I have submitted so far,

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The Atari Video Computer System (VCS), later named the Atari 2600, is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console developed and distributed by Atari, Inc. It was released on September 11, 1977 in North America at a retail price of $199. The console was later released in Europe (1978) and Japan (1983 - as the Atari 2800). The Atari 2600 popularized the use of microprocessor-based hardware and games contained on ROM cartridges. The console was discontinued on January 1, 1992.

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The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, commonly known as the Atari 5200, is a second generation (1976–1992) video game console developed and distributed by Atari, Inc. It was released in November 1982 in North America at a retail price of $269. The console was not released outside North America. The 5200's internal hardware was almost identical to Atari's 8-bit computers however it came with an innovative controller featuring a 360-degree non-centering joystick with a numeric keypad, start, pause, and reset buttons. The console was discontinued on May 21, 1984.

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The Atari 7800 Pro System, commonly known as the Atari 7800, is a third generation (1983-2003) video game console developed and distributed by Atari Corporation. It was released in May 1986 in North America at a retail price of $79.95. The console was later released in Europe (1987). The 7800 is considered one of the first backward-compatible consoles as it could play Atari 2600 games without the use of additional modules.  The console was discontinued on January 1, 1992.

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The Atari Jaguar is a fifth generation (1993–2005) video game console developed and distributed by Atari Corporation. It was released in November 1993 in North America at a retail price of $249.99. The console was later released in Europe (1994), Australia (1994), and Japan (1994). The Jaguar was marketed as being the first 64-bit video game console; however this claim was widely criticized.  The console was discontinued in early 1996, possibly at the time of the company's sale on April 8, 1996.

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The Atari Jaguar CD is a fifth generation (1993–2005) CD-ROM peripheral for the Atari Jaguar video game console developed and distributed by Atari Corporation. It was released in September 1995 in North America at a retail price of $149.95. The peripheral was also released in Europe (1995). The Jaguar CD unit featured a double-speed (2×) drive and its own cartridge slot to allow cartridge games to be played without removing the CD drive. The peripheral was discontinued in early 1996, possibly at the time of the company's sale on April 8, 1996.

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The Atari XE Video Game System, commonly known as the Atari XEGS, is a third generation (1983-2003) video game console developed and distributed by Atari Corporation. It was released in November 1987 in North America at a retail price of $199.99. The console was not released outside North America. The XEGS was able to operate as either a stand-alone console or full computer with the addition of its specially designed keyboard. The console was discontinued on January 1, 1992.

 

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Two More Updates:

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The Amstrad GX4000, commonly known as the GX4000, is a third generation (1983-2003) video game console developed and distributed by Amstrad. It was released in September of 1990 in Europe at a retail price of £99.99. The console was not released outside Europe. The GX4000 was Amstrad's short-lived attempt to enter the games console market, being primarily a home computer manufacturer. The console was discontinued in late 1991.

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The Bally Astrocade, originally referred to as the Bally Home Library Computer, is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console developed by Midway and distributed by Bally Manufacturing. It was released in late 1977 in North America at a retail price of $299. The console was not released outside North America. The Astrocade was known for having the most powerful graphics and sound capabilities for all consoles of it's era. The console was discontinued in mid to late 1983.

 

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Made A Few More Submissions:
 

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The Casio Loopy, subtitled My Seal Computer SV-100, is a fifth generation (1993–2005) video game console developed and distributed by Casio. It was released on October 19, 1995 in Japan at a retail price believed to be 25,000¥. The console was not released outside Japan. The Loopy was marketed to females and included a built-in thermal color printer that could be used to create stickers from game screenshots. The console was discontinued in October 1986.

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The Casio PV-1000, is a third generation (1983-2003) video game console developed and distributed by Casio. It was released in October 1983 in Japan at a retail price of 14,800¥. The console was not released outside Japan. The PV-1000 failed to achieve a significant market share, and thus only had 13 games released during it's life. The console was discontinued by early 1984.

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The ColecoVision is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console developed and distributed by Coleco Industries. It was released in August 1982 in North America at a retail price of $175. The console was later released in Europe (1983). The ColecoVision offered a closer experience to arcade games than its competitors at the time. The console was discontinued in mid-1985.

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The GCE Vectrex, usually just referred to as Vectrex, is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering, and distributed first by General Consumer Electronics (GCE), and later by Milton Bradley Company after its purchase of GCE. It was released in November 1982 in North America at a retail price of $199. The console was later released in Europe (1983) and Japan (1983). The Vectrex had an integrated vector monitor which displayed vector graphics, which set it apart from other consoles that needed a TV to play on. The console discontinued in early 1984.

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The RCA Studio II is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console developed and distributed by RCA. It was released in January 1977 at a retail price of $149. The Studio II was released with five built-in games, and was capable of making beep sounds with variations in tone and length. The console was discontinued  in February 1984.

 

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Back from a long week at work I have submitted a few more:

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The Aamber Pegasus is a home computer designed by Technosys Research Labs. The computer was released in early 1981 in New Zealand for an unknown retail price. The computer was not released outside of New Zealand. The Pegasus sold around only 100 units when it was first released, due to the popularity of Apple II computers. The computers were manufactured until Technosys's collapse in late 1981.

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The Acorn Archimedes is a family of personal computers designed by Acorn Computers Ltd. The first models were released in June 1987 in Europe at a retail price around £800. The computers were also released in Australia (1988) and in limited availability in North America (1990). The Archimedes computers were one of the most powerful available during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The computers were manufactured until an unspecified time in 1995.

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The Acorn Atom is a home computer designed by Acorn Computers Ltd. The computer was released in 1980 in Europe at a retail price ranging from £120 to £200, depending on the package bought. The computer was not released outside of Europe. The Atom was Acorn's first computer to be aimed squarely at the home market. The computer was manufactured until an unspecified time in 1983.

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The Acorn Electron is a home computer designed by Acorn Computers Ltd. The computer was released in August 1983 in Europe at a retail price of £175. The computer was not released outside of Europe. The Electron was a budget version of the BBC Micro educational/home computer, and for a short period, the Electron was reportedly the best selling micro in the United Kingdom. The computer was manufactured until an unspecified time in 1985.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation Microcomputer System, BBC Microcomputer System, or best known as the BBC Micro is a series of microcomputers designed by Acorn Computers Ltd. and distributed by the BBC. The first models were released in December 1981 in Europe for £235 or £335, depending on the model. The computers were also released in North America (1983). The computers were designed with an emphasis on education, and being more rugged then other brands. The computers were manufactured until an unspecified time in 1994.

 

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The Amstrad Colour Personal Computer, better known as the Amstrad CPC, is a series of 8-bit home computers designed by Amstrad.  The first models were released in April 1984 in Europe at a retail price ranging from £199 to £299, depending on the package bought. The computers were not released outside of Europe.  The CPC series had five distinct models: The CPC464, CPC664, CPC6128, 464plus, and 6128plus. The computers were manufactured until an unspecified time in 1990.

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The Atari Lynx is a 16-bit handheld game console that was developed and distributed by Atari Corporation. It was released in September 1989 in North America at a retail price of $149.95. The handheld was also released in Europe (1990) and Japan (1990). The Lynx was the world's first handheld electronic game with a color LCD screen. The console was discontinued in early 1996, possibly at the time of the company's sale on April 8, 1996.

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The Atari ST is a line of home computers from Atari Corporation. The first models were released in June 1985 in North America at a retail price around $799.99 or $999.99, depending on the model. The computers were also released in limited availability in Europe (1985). The ST is the first personal computer to come with a bitmapped color GUI. The computers were manufactured until an unspecified time in 1993.

 

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Submitted Some Sony Consoles:

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The Sony PlayStation, or PS for short, is a fifth generation (1993–2005) home video game console developed and distributed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on December 3, 1994 in Japan at a retail price of ¥37,000. The console was later released in North America (1995), Europe (1995), Australia (1995), and Korea (1996). The PlayStation was known for standardizing disc based games over cartridges, as well as controllers with two analog sticks and vibration feedback.  The console was discontinued on March 23, 2006.

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The Sony PlayStation 2, or PS2 for short, is a sixth generation (1998–2013) home video game console developed and distributed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on March 4, 2000 in Japan at a retail price of ¥45,000. The console was later released in North America (2000), Europe (2000), and Australia (2000). The PlayStation 2 was the first PlayStation console to offer backwards compatibility for its predecessor's DualShock controller, as well as for its games. The console was discontinued on January 4, 2013.

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The Sony PlayStation 3, or PS3 for short, is a seventh generation (2005–2017) home video game console developed and distributed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on November 11, 2006 in Japan at a retail price of ¥59,800. The console was later released in North America (2006), Europe (2007), and Australia (2007). The PlayStation 3 was the first console to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium. The console was discontinued on May 29, 2017.

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The Sony PlayStation 4, or PS4 for short, is an eighth generation (2012-present) home video game console developed and distributed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on November 15, 2013 in North America at a retail price of $399.99. The console was later released in Europe (2013), South America (2013), Australia (2013) and Japan (2014). The PlayStation 4 places an increased emphasis on social interaction and integration with other devices and services, including the ability to play games off-console on PlayStation Vita and other supported devices via Remote Play. The console is still in production.

 

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For future proofing stating the console is still in production should either be left out or stated that as of this date it is still in production.

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I agree with that.  I will change that submission and resubmit. (Change also below)

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The Sony PlayStation 4, or PS4 for short, is an eighth generation (2012-present) home video game console developed and distributed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on November 15, 2013 in North America at a retail price of $399.99. The console was later released in Europe (2013), South America (2013), Australia (2013) and Japan (2014). The PlayStation 4 places an increased emphasis on social interaction and integration with other devices and services, including the ability to play games off-console on PlayStation Vita and other supported devices via Remote Play. As of this date, the console is still in production.

 

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Okay but I meant to actually add the date that you submitted not just a generic as of this date but its not a big deal

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I made the following submissions on 10/22/2018 ~3:00AM UTC.

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The Magnavox Odyssey is a first generation (1972–1980) home video game console developed and distributed by Magnavox. It was released in September 1972 in North America at a retail price of $99. The console was later released in Europe (1973). The Odyssey is the known to be the first commercial home video game console. The console was discontinued sometime in 1975.

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The Magnavox Odyssey 2 is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console developed and distributed by Magnavox. It was released in February 1979 in North America at a retail price of $179. The console was also released in Europe (1979), and later South America (1983), and Japan (1982). The Odyssey 2 included a full alphanumeric membrane keyboard, which was to be used for educational games, selecting options, or programming. The console was discontinued on March 20, 1984.

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The Mattel Intellivision is a second generation (1976–1992) home video game console developed and distributed by Mattel Electronics. It was released in summer 1979 in North America at a retail price of $299. The console was later released in Europe (1981), South America (1982), and Japan (1982). The Intellivision was the first home console to use a tile based playfield and was the first game console to provide real-time human voices in the middle of gameplay, courtesy of the IntelliVoice module. The console was discontinued in early-1990.

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The Microsoft Xbox is a sixth generation (1998–2013) home video game console developed and distributed by Microsoft. It was released on November 15, 2001 in North America at a retail price of $299.99. The console was later released in Europe (2002), Japan (2002), and Australia (2002). The Xbox was the first game console to have a built in hard disk. The console was discontinued on March 2, 2009.

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The Microsoft Xbox 360 is a seventh generation (2005–2017) home video game console developed and distributed by Microsoft. It was released on November 22, 2005 in North America at a retail price of $299.99 or $399.99, depending on the model. The console was later released in Europe (2005), Japan (2005), South America (2006), and Australia (2006). The Xbox 360 was known for its graphical power at the time, as well as defining controller free gameplay via the Kinect device. The console was discontinued on April 20, 2017.

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The Microsoft Xbox One is an eighth generation (2012-present) home video game console developed and distributed by Microsoft. It was released on November 22, 2013 in North America at a retail price of $499.99. The console was simultaneously released in Europe (2013), South America (2013), Australia (2013) and later Japan (2014). The Xbox One is marketed as an all-in-one entertainment system, providing games, movies, music, and web browsing from the console. As of this date, the console is still in production.

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The Nintendo Switch is an eighth generation (2012-present) home video game console developed and distributed by Nintendo. It was released on March 3, 2017 in North America at a retail price of $299.99. The console was simultaneously released in Japan (2017), Europe (2017), South America (2017), Australia (2017) and other World Wide Markets (2017). The Switch is designed to be a hybrid console, allowing games to be played at a TV, and then on the go by undocking the system and playing from the handheld unit itself. As of this date, the console is still in production.

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The Nintendo Wii U is an eighth generation (2012–present) home video game console developed and distributed by Nintendo. It was released on November 18, 2012 in North America at a retail price of $299. The console was later released in Europe (2012), Japan (2012), South America (2012), and Australia (2012). The Wii U was much like its predecessor the Wii, but with the added GamePad, which allowed games to be played on its screen instead of the TV, or was utilized for interesting multi-player game mechanics in some games. The console was discontinued in January 2017.

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