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Ganoncrotch said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

Atari 2600, NES, SNES, and Genesis.  Just put in the cartridge and start playing.  The best startup sequence is not to have one at all. 

The whole startup sequence thing started when disks came around.  They have slower load times, so they needed to give us an entertaining startup sequence, so that we didn't realize that we were actually waiting through boring load times.

While not part of the system BIOS almost every officially licensed megadrive game starts off with a license screen from Sega, it was my first system which effectively had a boot screen.


As for the "CDs invented boot screens" no, game boy most certainly didn't run on CDs 

Heh, for some reason I forgot the classic "SE-GAAAAA".  I kept thinking about this X-Men Genesis game where it not only skips the any startup sequence, but the gameplay also starts immediately without a "press start" screen either.

Anyway, I want to amend my answer then to simply say NES is the best start screen.  Press power and just start playing Mario or whatever.  Startup sequences really suck.