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frankspin

Forget next gen, I want Sega



New consoles are nice, and games are getting pretty awesome, but I always think back to Sega and how I wished they could have hung around a bit longer. Sure, they live on as a software company, but I feel the golden age of Sega was something rather magical.

I think it goes without saying how important the Genesis and Master System were, ushering in impressive software franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog. What I loved about Sega though was they always managed to be thinking a few steps ahead -- but always too far ahead.

Game Gear:



This sucker came out in 1990 and not only gave you portable gaming, but it was in color. Sonic the Hedgehog in glorious color anywhere I wanted to play, and don't forget the awesome TV attachment. It's just a damn shame you had to clear out your local grocery store's stock of batteries to play it for more than an hour.

Sega Meganet/Channel:

First came Meganet in 1990 and then Channel followed in 1993, both of which were online services to play Sega games. Yes, in 1990 Sega was introducing the world to streaming media.

Nomad:



Think Game Gear but way more ridiculous. You could play your actual Genesis games, not some portable spin-off.

32x and Sega CD:



These never really took off, but as a fan and consumer it made me feel like Sega was looking out for me. Rather than build new consoles they kept trying to extend the life of the Genesis with the add-ons.



Saturn and Dreamcast:





These were Sega doing what it could to try and hang on, but both were just way ahead of their time and just shot themselves in the foot. The Saturn was a pain to develop for, and the Dreamcast touted an online feature that was massively delayed and low on game support.

I won't dive into the games they helped develop under their software properties since there were so many, but they really had some gems out there. Thankfully studios like Platinum are trying to keep the Sega spirit alive though it's dwindling.

Even with all these missteps I still loved this company and miss them. I have fond memories of playing on their hardware more than I do Nintendo, and thankfully some of their more memorable titles are seeing ports. But I still wish for a day where I might see some new hardware or a new Panzer Dragoon.

Do you have any memories of Sega, or are you happy to see them slowly going away and basically being a shell of their former self?

P.S. -- Fun fact about the Genesis, Sega allowed the tech to be licensed so we ended up seeing weird 3rd-party implementations like Panasonic's laser disc combo, like the A100.

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Dignan17

I had the Master System and the Game Gear, and I went pretty crazy investing in those platforms. I had a ton of games for each. I used the TV tuner to play TV at recess in grade school (definitely a hit with the other kids). I had the AC adapter, but I'm pretty sure that I also had a portable battery pack too, so I didn't really worry about battery life (which was terrible).

But my favorite accessory was the adapter that let me play Master System games on the Game Gear. That was heaven to me.

Sadly, I no longer have my Game Gear, but I still have my Master System and at least 25 games (of which I think I finished 2). I also have the light gun, various controllers, and to top it off: 3D glasses! The Master System actually had a set of active shutter 3D glasses and some games that supported them. That was so cool. I'll have to get all of that out and see if it still works...
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martylavender

I still remember the day I realized there was a hidden game built into the Master System. It blew my little kid mind at the time.
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Dignan17

Me too! That little snail was great...
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TgD

I had a Game Gear! That thing was so awesome with its colour backlit screen. I had the AC adapter (in fact, mine stopped working with batteries) so I could sit by a wall playing Sonic

The lack of being able to save games was weak though
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frankspin

I completely forgot there were no saves on Game Gear, it used to bug the hell out of me while playing Return of the Jedi.
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brooksyx

Return of the Jedi didn't save on any system though. It used a password system.

Anyways, I was pretty sad that Sega died. I didn't own a Sega until the dreamcast but I loved playing the genesis at my friends house.
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groovechicken

I actually had the soundtrack from Phantasy Star III playing in the background from sndtest.com when I saw your post hit my Inbox. :D I was always a huge Sega fan, more so than Nintendo. My first step up to "16 bit" was actually the TurboGrafx16, but I later got the Genesis. Like most everyone else, I then also got a Super Nintendo, but only after having the Genesis for a while. After having both of those, I bought a used Master System from a forum since Master System games were readily available for rock bottom prices at all the discount toy places at that time. I was never very interested in the SegaCD until they released Shining Force, then I had to have it and bought it used from a friend along with his copy of Lunar.

I always liked the Sega versions of games better, especially NBA Jam and Mortal Kombat. I have to admit, though, that Nintendo did surpass the Genesis in the realm of RPGs and the synthesizer in the SNES destroyed the one in the Genesis. I was painfully reminded of that today while listening to Genesis game soundtracks.

Still, though, I logged more hours on my Genesis than on any other system I have owned before or since. My list of favorite games of all time still includes games from that system... Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II, Shining Force I, II, and CD; Gunstar Heroes (the greatest action game ever made), NBA Jam TE, Fatal Fury (you could use all the characters on the Genesis version!), Columns, Aladdin (don't laugh, it was good), Alien 3, Rocket Knight Adventures, Whip Rush, and Lunar CD. I still have a list that I never played but want to now that I have an OpenPandora and can do so more easily... Beyond Oasis, Phantasy Star IV, Crusader of Centy, Landstalker, Shining in the Darkness, Light Crusader, Shadowrun, Strider II, Warsong, and Exile (I played it on the TurboGrafx16 CD, but the Genesis is easier to emulate for a replay). Man, looking at that list, I better get busy!

I am assuming what spurred your post was the announcement of Sega Master System Brawl (www.joystiq.com­/2014­/07­/07­/segas­-8­-bit­-universe­-be...), which I downloaded immediately when I saw the post although I haven't had a chance to play it yet.

And let's not forget that the greatest legacy the Genesis left us with is probably, "All your base are belong to us!" :D

So, yeah, I am with you... Sega Forever!
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frankspin

Actually what made me think of this was how I've been debating on getting a Wii U or not. It made me realize that even though Sony and Microsoft are blowing them out of the water with AAA titles and super high end consoles, Nintendo really has nailed down how to keep games fun and simple. What I mean is most games on PS/Xbox require some kind of significant time commitment every time you play, usually waiting for a cut scene. I feel Nintendo makes it easy to pick up, start playing and be able to put it down without feeling like you have to reach a point before moving away (same with Vita!). So while thinking of this it made me think back to Sega, and how Sega had a lot of the same kind of stuff in their games. Then it started down the spiral into hardware and realizing Sega was kicking treads on a lot of wacky stuff (streaming games in 1990!!!!!!).
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Met

I've always seen SEGA as the ultimate gaming company. Until the Dreamcast, always top of the class imo. I just really regret that the Dreamcast failed so miserably and that I'll probably never got closure to the Shenmue trilogy.
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kris

Well, they haven't completely given up on hardware:



www.engadget.com­/2012­/05­/01­/sega­-urinal­-game­-toyle...
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sawaba

All the old stuff is still around. I collect them and have done "retro gaming" exhibits at gaming cons, which are a hit. I have two Game Gears, a Genesis and a Dreamcast. Would like to pick up a Sega Master System, but dunno if a 32x/SegaCD/Saturn would be worth the expense. That's saying a lot, considering I have an Atari Jaguar! Tempest 2000!.
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groovechicken

My local 2nd & Charles has used copies of almost all the Sega consoles. It has taken a great deal of restraint not to buy a few. :)
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frankspin

I know I can get those consoles, I was on ebay after I posted this, but that means finding the space to put them all. I would love if there was a simpler way to access the back catalog of content on modern consoles.
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groovechicken

Most of the consoles have at least one of the Genesis Classics collections available. I bought one of those on the 360 when I had it. I have the collection with Shining Force on PC and will probably grab the PS2 one when I see it at 2nd & Charles. Of course, if you want to collect the cartridges but don't want consoles all over the place, there is always the Retron5.
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martylavender

I remember the day I bought my Dreamcast. I always and to this day argued that the Dreamcast churned out better graphics than the Playstation 2. Sadly, Sony had such a huge following after the PSX that the DC didn't stand a chance against the PSX.

I have many more fond memories of playing games on my DC than my PS2.
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samweiss

The Title of the post said DOS games. 2 of my favs:
Full Throttle! It was so different from any of the other games on the market at the time (at least that I wanted to play)
Wing Commander IV (I think). The one that came on 4 cds.
Jill of the jungle. Silly litter shooter.
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kris

This is the thread you were probably looking for: www.engadget.com­/discuss­/my­-early­-dos­-gaming­-memor...
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samweiss

Why does Engadget have 2 commenting systems? Why does this one look like it was made back in 1998?
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dave

Livefyre is for comments on blog posts on the main page. The Engadget forums are a separate area where we get to have a bit more fun. That said, it's something that's caused a lot of confusion and is a relic from the Engadget + gdgt merger and we're planning on fixing it properly in the future.
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OddyOh

Yeah it's super confusing...you log into Engadget, and then log in again to make comments? Best of luck sorting it out.
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