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