The thing I remember about the Model 2 Sega CD is seeing it at a middle-school friend’s house. Since I already had the original, I wasn’t too impressed or interested in the second model. The flip drive lid was definitely not as cool as the slide-out tray of my model 1. My friend played Sewer Shark and Tomcat Alley and I couldn’t understand how he had so much fun. FMV games were not my thing.
Recently I chanced upon the Model 2 BIOS. Like I will sometimes do with version 1.10, I left 2.00 running while I did other things. The tune is catchy in its own way, and I think I can see the humor or intent of the person behind the animation sequence.
Continuing with yesterday’s trend, here is a video of the American Sega CD boot-up.
I’ve already posted about the circumstances of my Sega CD acquisition so I won’t go into them here. I will add that after owning the Sega CD for a while and having no good games to play on it, I’d turn it on every so often just so I could watch the intro. It really does show off the power of the Sega CD that was, unfortunately, too little too late at that time. Still, something about the boot-up is mesmerizing, and I can just sit and zone out watching it (hence the almost 10 minute length of the video).
I found some of my old Sega CD games and thought I’d make a museum post. The first is the Sega Classics/Sherlock Holmes pack-in that came with the system. I mentioned before that an old game with new music wouldn’t really improve the game that much, but I did enjoy FIFA with its realistic sounds. Today the emphasis for soccer games is probably more on player rosters and gameplay, and sound is just expected to be real. Back then, it was a huge deal to have a sports game that actually sounded like you were inside the stadium; as you can see, it was a majorly touted feature on the game box itself.
Sonic CD was a completely new game built from the ground up for the Sega CD, and the result was arguably the best Sonic game ever. It has since been re-released for multiple systems, including current iOS and Android phones. Simply amazing.
Today’s museum post will be of my pride and joy, my original Sega Genesis system. The original console was offered to me as a bribe from my mother to get me to study hard in order to get into a prestigious high school (I think that was the last time I ever got straight 4.0s in my academic career). I don’t remember the circumstances of my Sega CD acquisition, but I do remember bringing it home, unboxing it, and then setting it up. It was in the evening and my cousin was with us. I think we bought it from Macy’s in Serramonte.
After the first half-hour it was kind of a “is that it after begging and pleading with my parents to spend $299?!?!” sort of moment. It was one of the first times I ever felt disappointed with a gaming system, but at the time I didn’t know how to process such a feeling, so I tried really hard to enjoy it more. Sol-Feace and Golden Axe with CD music? Wow! Hardware scaling and rotation? Woo! At that age I was much more easily swayed by marketing hype, unaware that it was gameplay that was most instrumental in making a game fun. So, even though Golden Axe is fun, by that time it was a 4-year-old game, and after having played it so many times in the past 3 years, new music (and actually, it was pretty crappy music) didn’t suddenly make it fun again.
Still, I fondly remember many a rainy afternoon playing Sherlock Holmes in our little tiny apartment, the little tiny and grainy video of scenes from cold, foggy Victorian London making a fine accompaniment to the cold, wet San Francisco winter outside. Ah, memories from adolescence.