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Before Gaming on iOS and Apple TV, There Was Pippin

Remember when Apple tried, and failed, to crack the game industry?

It’s hard to deny that Apple’s got a hell of a track record. From the original Macintosh computer to the iPod to the iPhone, the star of Silicon Valley is constantly innovating. And with each new product comes new, greater success.

But this hasn’t always been the case. Remember when the seemingly infallible tech company tried, and failed, to crack the game industry? The Apple Pippin was built to be a revolutionary game-changer, but became little more than an embarrassing footnote in the company’s history.

It’s been more than 20 years since that colossal failure, and now it seems that Apple is ready to take another run at gaming with rumors that the company is likely to unveil a gaming-centric update to the Apple TV this week.

But why did the Pippin fail, and why does Apple think this new device won’t?

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.