Game hardware that was ahead of its time

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Civilization Trivia:

Which composer had dedicated one of history’s greatest symphonies to and then retracted from Napoleon?

Hint: It has nothing to do with Dynamite.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

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Dreamcast, Virtual Boy, and more hardware that was ahead of its time | Kotaku

“A lot of video game consoles, and their associated accessories, feel tailor-made for their respective eras. This makes sense: You want to make consoles and controllers that will be relevant to players at the time you make them so they then, you know, buy the things. But sometimes, a game console or accessory does something very different, perhaps experimenting in a way that does not entirely work at the time, but nonetheless provides a glimpse into the future.”

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The answer: Beethoven’s Sinfonia Eroica (the ‘Heroic’ Symphony)

The answer: Beethoven’s Sinfonia Eroica (the ‘Heroic’ Symphony)

From the History Today website: “While Beethoven was labouring over the score, he decided to name the symphony after Napoleon Bonaparte, then First Consul of France. … Beethoven had the ‘highest esteem’ for Napoleon and ‘compared him to the greatest consuls of ancient Rome’. Whatever the case, Beethoven’s enthusiasm for Bonaparte was unflinching. As soon as the score was finished, in early 1804, he wrote the Italian words ‘Sinfonia intitolata Bonaparte’ (‘Symphony entitled Bonaparte’) on the cover and left the manuscript on a table so that all his friends could see. … Not long after putting the final touches to his symphony, Napoleon had declared himself Emperor of France. Beethoven was furious. Flying into a rage, the composer shouted: ‘So he is no more than a common mortal! Now he, too, will tread underfoot all the rights of man [and] indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men [and] become a tyrant!’ Snatching up a pen, Beethoven then strode over to the score and scribbled out the title so violently that he tore through the paper. Thenceforth, the work would be known simply as the Sinfonia Eroica (the ‘Heroic’ Symphony).”