The 3DO was an attempt by Trip Hawkins (founder of Electronic Arts) at creating a standardized format for video game consoles, similarly to what VHS was for videocassettes, right down to licensing out its hardware for various other tech manufacturers to produce in their own styles. Panasonic produced the launch model of the console, with Sanyo and Goldstar later offering their own flavors.
While it had a lot of potential and even some promising early support, mostly from EA (due to Hawkins's ties to the company), it never really broke any ground thanks to its $700 pricetag, which the 3DO Company refused to lower until it was already too late.
Present inside all versions of the BIOS is a message from those who worked on the system:
This WHOLLY ODD collection of code brought to you by: Dale "You mean my house burned down last month and I never noticed?" Luck -=RJ=- "Hey, I never approved those messages!" Mical Joe "You were asleep at the time" Pillow Dave "Strictly corect" Platt Bryce "Angel of death" "Nesbitl" Nesbitt Stephen "Not Stephan" Landrum Andy "I miss my Cats" Finkel Chris "Whaddya mean you took it out?" McFall Drew "Don't touch my toys" Shell Mr. Pockets Nerf(tm) brand weapons Phil "I can't hear you" Burk Stan "I thought you were done" Shepard Steve "That !@%$#& drive" Hayes Bill Long Barry Solomon And all those who were not in the building at 2am when the cops showed up
It can be found at the following locations in the BIOS:
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