Continuing on the same retro-gaming vein as the previous post, we now have a circa 1995 Sony PlayStation catalog from the Japanese market. For the past 21-and-some-odd years, this catalog has remained in the plastic bag that came with my original SCPH-3000. I probably looked at it a few times in the beginning, but I don’t remember looking at it at all in subsequent years. Tonight, I finally scanned it. Although the scanning process was a destructive one, I do believe it is better to have it digitized and posted where people can see it, versus continuing to leave it buried inside the Trapper Keeper in my room.
While it doesn’t show in the scan, it is interesting to note that the middle pages (JPGs 5 through 8) were in a centerfold-style, so that you would see three pages of games at once when you unfolded it. Since the pages throughout the entire catalog show four columns of games each, I wonder if this was a marketing decision, to make it seem like the PlayStation library up until that point was expansive, which is always important early-on in a console’s life.
In 1988, I was a little kid in Hong Kong two years into Sega mania. Although I don’t remember the exact circumstances, I must have figured that since there was a 1986 Game Catalog (it came inside my copy of Hang On), there must have been one for 1988, too. So, I wrote a letter to Sega of America, and this is what they sent back to me. It came inside a Sega envelope with a blue logo on the upper left, but sadly I must have misplaced it over the years because I did not see it while going through all my old Sega docs. But imagine, as a kid, writing a letter to the object of your fandom and receiving a response! It probably made my year. I must have pored over these two pieces of paper dozens, if not hundreds, of times.
Looking at the screenshots, it’s interesting to note the placeholders for new games such as R-Type, Lord of the Sword, and Y’s. Even more hilarious is the one for Double Dragon – I wonder why they didn’t just type out the words Double Dragon, or show a picture of two dragons, like in the other new-game screens? 🙂
I seem to be finding a bunch of things from 1991 lately. The latest example is this official map from the Hong Kong Tourist Association.
At this point in history, Hong Kong is still a British colony, but it is already a known fact that China will be taking over come July 1, 1997. Many families, including my own, with recent memories of why they fled from China to Hong Kong in the first place (not to mention the even more recent memory of June 4, 1989), have left for places like Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA. Interestingly, I left Hong Kong before 1991, and I have no idea how I came across this map that I’ve kept for at least a couple of decades now. Maybe my astronaut father brought it to me during one of his many visits.
It’s fascinating looking at this map and seeing how Hong Kong has changed. Parts of the map that show harbour are now reclaimed (e.g. the IFC and the ICC). Instantly-recognizable skyscrapers like the Bank of China building and its neighbor the Cheung Kong Center are either not yet on the map or yet to be built.
Please note that because these are maps, I’ve included the scans in their original resolutions, with file sizes of about 40 megabytes each. You can right-click and download them via the links underneath the thumbnails below. I hope you enjoy this museum post as much as I’ve enjoyed looking at the map.