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…
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!
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.
I have zero recollection of how I acquired this, but it must have been from Blockbuster Video on Church Street (I think it’s an exercise gym now) where we used to rent videos, games, and Laserdiscs.
A Nintendo Power mini brochure from early 1992 or late 1991 (since the issue appearing on this card is from September 1991). There were two of these in the blue bag, most likely saved from games I bought back then.
Being the Sega fan that I was, there was no way that I was not subscribing to Sega Visions magazine in 1990. Imagine my joy when Sega sent back a postcard informing me that Sega Visions in 1991 would continue to be free! It probably made my year.
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.
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!
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”.
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.