This final post for tonight is a museum post of the Kaneko Video Glove, a promotional item for the game Air Buster for the Sega Genesis, circa 1991.
I still somewhat remember the circumstances behind how I chose this game. Through some sort of special occasion like acing a test or some other achievement, I earned myself a game purchase. All I had to do was pick one. There was a conversation with a classmate (the prank call guy) where he strongly advocated for this game, and I listened to him. It turned out to be a pretty good buy, as Air Buster is a very enjoyable game (minus the load times, which was probably the first time I ever had to wait for a console game to load).
The game came with a coupon redeemable for this glove, which may seem like a gimmick in retrospect, but at the time it definitely increased enjoyment not only in Air Buster but other games as well. I felt like a professional gamer getting ready to go to work or a pilot preparing to save the world. For a 10-year-old kid, it was real.
Now, it’s another item from childhood to say goodbye to. From what I’ve seen on the internet, this item is a rare and collectible piece of gaming history so I’ll be putting it on eBay for someone else to treasure. Of course, since I’ve already worn the glove (and actually, it still fits), it probably won’t fetch much. Still, it’s probably better than chucking it in the trash.
A last bit of interest: the ads of the time showed the glove as being right-handed, with a Kaneko logo on the back. The actual glove is left-handed, and the Kaneko logo is on the tightening strap.
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane.
Here’s an earlier Sega Genesis from Electronic Arts, circa 1991, with their “Get Real!” slogan from that period. Unlike some of the later mailers, this mailer lacks full color, containing only orange, black, and white.
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.
This third museum post of the day is an Electronic Arts poster featuring 1992’s Sega Genesis lineup on one side, and a phone menu chart for EA’s hint line on the other. The games side is pretty nice; not sure about that 900 number though. For the record, I never called it, nor did I ever desire to do so.
Here’s a coupon for the Sega Genesis Free Speaker Offer, circa 1990-1991. As mentioned in this post, I actually redeemed these speakers, and they were pretty cool. Later, when I saw an identical model of speaker elsewhere, I learned that they were merely generic speakers with a Genesis logo printed on them. I collected a bunch of these coupons, and this is the last one. Enjoy!
Tonight’s museum post is another Sega Genesis poster and catalog from my father’s blue shoulder bag, Golden Axe, also from 1990 (I would guess that this one came out before the one linked above). I found two of these in the bag: one that was from the wall of my old house, still dusty and stuck with tape on the corners, and another that appears to be brand new from inside a game box. The latter is the one posted here, and you can see the creases from being folded and untouched for nearly 30 years.
It’s been a couple of days since I posted the backed up queue from our lack of internet, and from the completion date of the last post it’s been 4 days since I’ve done any scanning. As of this moment, I have one more magazine to scan (the very last one), and another magazine that’s still in its plastic bag that I want to photograph (only for the bag; the magazine is available online). Then, it’ll be the rest of the brochures and loose items from the blue bag, and then probably the manuals for my Sega Master System games. After that, everything that I want to save will be saved, and the long project of saying goodbye to my unused possessions will be over.
It’s hard. I want to be done already. I don’t feel like going on, and I’m not feeling it tonight either, but I tried to force myself to scan this poster, so here it is. I don’t know if I’ll force myself to do another tonight. For now, I hope you enjoy this poster.
This post originally completed on May 22, 2017 at 7:24 PM
These posters are stragglers from the magazines I’ve scanned and disposed of. I don’t particularly care for them, but since they are also a part of video game history, I’m putting them here for the record.
First, a Sega Genesis X-Men poster from April 1993’s issue of EGM:
Also for the record, I’d like to point out that the red “Dracula” text on the cover of this issue was a shiny foil material that the scanner couldn’t capture.
Next, a Sunsoft Looney Tunes poster from the December 1993 issue of EGM:
And lastly, an Illusion of Gaia promotional flyer and coupon from the October 1994 issue of Video Games (I remember this issue arriving in a plastic bag, with this flyer alongside):
It’s been a few months and the magazine-scan finish line is finally within reach, all these magazines that I’ve kept all these years, gone from my bookshelf and converted to PDF. Next up will be the difficult task of figuring out what to do with all my consoles and games. As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane.
This post originally completed on May 8, 2017 at 12:03 AM
Here’s the first non-magazine scan in a while, a Sega Genesis catalog and poster circa 1990. This was probably one of my favorites from the period early on in the Genesis’ life when it still maintained the “Sega grid” that had been part of the Master System’s packaging as well. Black was definitely cooler than the candy-stripe colors from later years.
I don’t remember how I came across this poster. I want to say it came with a game, but unlike the Master System catalog, I have zero recollection of seeing these in the game boxes. Then again, I sold most of my Genesis games long ago so it wouldn’t be surprising that I’ve forgotten. For sure I had some of these Genesis posters (there were multiple variations) on my old room’s wall, but this particular one is pretty clean and lacks pinholes and tape. Maybe I’ll hold onto it for a while.
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this museum post.
Tonight’s museum post features the helpful hints sheet for Herzog Zwei, a game for the Sega Genesis.
Before the internet, before 900 numbers, and before guide books, the way to get help for Sega games was via their helpline, 1-800-USA-SEGA. I called that number so much that I still remember the tune of the telephone touch-tones. Apparently, the phone reps that helped with the games used these helpful hints sheets as a resource. Once I found out that you could actually ask to have a copy mailed to you, I called all the time: “Hi, can I get the helpful hints sheet for Herzog Zwei?” I wonder if the phone reps eventually recognized the little kid who called all the time.
For many years, I kept this helpful hints sheet in a floppy black binder (as opposed to a rigid, cardboard binder). As part of my continuing mid-life-crisis cleanup, I finally scanned the contents of the binder and then disposed of it. At the last second, I decided to keep these helpful hints sheets, because they’re a relic from Sega; and because I didn’t want to just chuck them in the recycle bin. I have a fantasy that if I do end up getting rid of them, I’ll give them to another Sega fan who will treasure them as much as I did. At the end of the day, though, they’re just photocopies, so maybe they’re not really worth much to anyone.
As always, hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane.