Wong’s Kong King Hong Kong Market Sega Master System Brochure (~1986)

Tonight’s first scan is a Chinese-language Sega Master System brochure from around 1986, printed by Wong’s Kong King, the Sega distributor in Hong Kong at that time. As can be seen from the tape and staple holes, I also had this on my wall, but like everything else from the blue shoulder bag, it’s just been in there for the past 20 years.

In terms of historical value, this one’s must be pretty high. I’m reluctant to throw it out because like all anachronistic things, it survived a long period of time and made it to the present, something that’s neither easily done, nor repeatable.

When I was putting the other blue shoulder bag items in the recycling bag, it occurred to me that every single moment of our lives is also unique and also won’t come back once gone. So, you get to make a choice. You could either fixate on what’s gone by, filling your present moments with them, or you can focus on the present moments, truly feeling and experiencing them. Of course, if you have enough time (not sure if pun is intended or not), you can try to do both, but picking from the three choices is extremely difficult, and we probably have different desires at different stages of life. For me, right now, a big reason to bid the past goodbye is that I no longer want to be shackled by childhood, and all the unhealthy things that go along with it. JC and I were free, living our own lives, and two years ago we decided to come back “home” and have lived with our parents ever since. It’s possible that we never were truly free, since our parents’ places was like home base, and we left a lot of our stuff here. I grow increasingly tired with this situation and am maneuvering to finally break free, with nothing left behind, and nothing to come back to. We want to make our own home and experience our own moments.

The grind continues…

Sega Master System Hong Kong Brochure from Wong's Kong King, 1986

Sega Master System Hong Kong Brochure from Wong's Kong King, 1986

Electronic Arts Sega Genesis Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promo Mailer/Poster (1992)

This last scan of the afternoon is a mailer from Electronic Arts for a buy 2 Sega Genesis games, get 1 free promotion, circa 1992. From the order form, it’s not clear whether you have to buy directly from EA to qualify for the promotion. Still, even if it wasn’t possible to buy the games at a store (where you might receive a discount from the MSRP), the free game made it a worthwhile deal.

It’s been a busy afternoon. Time to take a break!

Electronic Arts Sega Genesis Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promo & Poster (1992)

Electronic Arts Sega Genesis Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promo & Poster (1992)

Electronic Arts Sega Genesis Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promo & Poster (1992)

Electronic Arts Sega Genesis Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promo & Poster (1992)

Nintendo Power “State of the Art” Subscription Promo (1991)

Here’s another promo for Nintendo Power, likely from 1991 based on the Mega Man issue shown inside. Based on the “State of the Art” copy on the cover, this brochure probably came with my Super Nintendo.

Looking at these brochures now, it’s kind of cool that you also get a gift with your subscription. This brochure offers a player’s guide for all the Mario games, while the brochure in the previous post offered a guide on current Super NES games. These guides were of good quality, too (still have my Mario Paint guide somewhere). Sadly, at the time I never considered subscribing to Nintendo Power. As far as I was concerned, I only ventured to the dark side so I could play Street Fighter II.

Nintendo Power State of the Art Subscription Promo (1991)

Nintendo Power State of the Art Subscription Promo (1991)

Nintendo Power State of the Art Subscription Promo (1991)

Nintendo Power State of the Art Subscription Promo (1991)

Emporium Capwell Locator Tag (1991)

Here’s an interesting relic from the past, a locator tag from Emporium Capwell, a San Francisco department store that closed in 1995. The tag was for our 27-inch Toshiba CF2767 TV, which I sold via craigslist in the early 2000s. I don’t know if the date on the tag is the date that we got the TV, but prior to the 27-inch we had a Sharp 19-incher with a faux wood veneer, our first TV. I played a lot of Master System and Genesis games on that TV, which later became our kitchen TV. I don’t know if it’s interesting or sad, but in our tiny 1-bedroom apartment, we ultimately had 3 TVs: the 27-incher in the bedroom, the Sharp in the kitchen, and a 32-inch XBR in the living room. We must have really loved watching TV.

Emporium Capwell Locator Tag

Emporium Capwell Locator Tag

After Burner – A Ride You’ll Never Forget (1988)

First scan of the day is this After Burner poster and game lineup from Sega, circa 1988. I actually posted a version of this back in 2013, but that was before I learned how to use the panorama feature in Photoshop to stitch the scanned pieces together. For a manually compiled poster, that one looked alright, but this one is just a little bit cleaner. Enjoy!

Poster - After Burner - A Ride You'll Never Forget - 1988

Game Lineup - After Burner - A Ride You'll Never Forget - 1988

Take Hold of the Sega Adventure (1987)

Here’s another poster straight off the wall of my childhood room, a Sega 1987 poster and game lineup, “Take Hold Of The Sega Adventure” and “Get In Touch With Sega Software”.

I really like this one. Looking at it now, I am reminded of many nights before bed looking at all the games that I already had for my Sega Master System, and all the games that I wanted to get. Since this poster came out in 1987, a lot of the games were from around the time when I first got the system as a kid in Hong Kong. Some of the games would remind me of my time in Hong Kong, playing them at my friends’ houses. Now that I think about it, it seemed like all the kids in my little circle of international-school friends had Sega, and I wonder why we never got into Nintendo.

There was one game that I remember playing, Great Football, that I had no idea how to play. I had not yet moved to America and learned the game. Great Soccer was another game that I played at a friend’s place, but of course we knew how to play that, being in British Hong Kong. It was always interesting going to your friends’ homes as a kid. It seemed like each place had its own smell, and different parents had different levels of hospitality. Actually (and speaking of hospitality), I do remember one Japanese kid who had a Famicom at his house. I think he had the floppy drive, too.

Looking at the poster now, I also wonder why it took me twenty years to take it out of the blue bag, unfold it, and actually look at it like I used to (it really is a cool poster). Did I just not have time? Or did I think I had all the time in the world? I think it must have been the latter. At the time we moved out of my childhood home, I was starting my second year of college. Studying happened, girls happened, then graduation, then vacation. Next was first job out of college, unrealistic expectations, get fired, then 3 years of not working. Then, it was start over, find a new job, do well, move out, get a car, get married, get promoted, get burned out, and go on Adventure 2012, and then the last 4 years: move to Hong Kong, live free for one year, work for one year, come back to the USA, live with parents, work 3 months out of the next 24. In a nutshell, the past 20 years of my life. It was a long time, and in between all those things happening, adding up year after year, I never took the time to look in my closet, look inside the blue bag, and take a look at this poster. I must have figured it would always be there.

What’s next? I don’t know. In these past months, I’ve been taking all these pieces from my life up to this point, scanning or photographing them, and then bidding them goodbye. What am I getting ready for? In the past I’ve mentioned getting light, so that when the time comes, we’ll be able to move. But where? Maybe a new life where I enjoy everything in front of me, where nothing is in the closet. Kind of like when we were kids, when things were simple, and all we had was our Sega, when it was so much easier to focus on one thing because that was all we had. It’s a frequently and incorrectly used word, but I do believe it is ironic that I’m trying to get back to the past by letting go of it. It’s very difficult, and sometimes I want to just keep hanging on, like saving this poster after 20 years of not looking at it. But I think maybe, if I’m not careful, my life will become like this poster, stuck in a closet, stuck in time, and another 20 years will have passed.

As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this museum post, with extra and nostalgic commentary.

Poster - Take Hold of the Sega Adventure - 1987

Game Lineup - Get in Touch with Sega Software - 1987

Sega Master System II 1990 Catalog/Poster

This Sunday afternoon museum post features a colorful Sega Master System II poster and game lineup from 1990. Chances are that this poster came inside a game, but I don’t think I can say which one with any accuracy. Somehow, I want to say Alex Kidd in Shinobi World since that was one of the later games I acquired for the SMS.

There were a number of mistakes and/or liberties taken with the screenshots appearing on this poster. Both Columns and Mickey Mouse appear to be showing the Genesis versions of the game (perhaps a miscommunication between the marketing department and the truth department?), Wonder Boy III appears to be showing a reversed photo of the original Wonder Boy, both Alex Kidd in Shinobi World and Cyber Shinobi show the same screenshot (which appears to be an earlier version of the former), and Fantasy Zone shows a screenshot of Fantasy Zone II (upon closer inspection of the game description, however, this one is actually a typo in the title which should read Fantasy Zone II).

This was another poster that came off the wall of my childhood apartment, and tape and staple holes are probably visible in the scan. Perhaps due to the white color of the poster, it was a lot harder putting together the various scanned sections in Photoshop (this black Genesis one was a lot easier, for example). The silver gridlines were especially problematic, and the final product shows some slight misalignments which I apologize for. Believe me, I really tried.

Despite the issues, I quite like this one. I hope you do too.

Sega Master System II Poster 1990

Sega Master System II Game Lineup 1990