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Documented: Damn Near Every Video Game Console Ever

Documented: Damn Near Every Video Game Console Ever (photo)

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Think back to the earliest video game console you had. Do you remember what it looked like? Whether the power toggle was a switch or a button? All the weird dials and switches on it? If your memory’s a little fuzzy, then pull up seat and check out Elder-Geek’s “Insane Console History Video 2.0.”

Look at all that wood paneling! I’m sure it seemed quite luxe at the time but just comes across as hella dated now. It makes you wonder if the ubiquitous glossy finishes of today’s video game consoles will look terribly corny 40 years from now.

Now that video games have become a billion-dollar industry, it’s hard for many to remember or even conceive of its humble beginnings. But, there they are, right in the video’s first few seconds. As you scratch your head at the roll call of defunct companies, it’s apparent that the games business was once one nearly anyone could get into. And it seemed that tons of entities tried. The sheer amount of hardware produced between 1977 and 1978 alone testifies to the fact that electronics companies treated video game mania as a modern-day gold rush.

You also get the sense of how cyclical certain trends are in the industry. The focus on fancy peripherals was there even at the start of the home console business. Count how many guns you see in the first five minutes of the video and wonder if manufacturers could get away with it now.

Against a backdrop of old-school 8-bit game tunes, 450 consoles show up in the Insane Console History Video and, if you make through the whole thing, the mini-documentary tells the life story of the medium from one silicon-centric angle. Me? I’m going to watch again to see if I can spot the janky-ass Video X system my mom bought us back in the day.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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