fanatical gamers of the 90s
pretend it’s 1992 and you’re 11 years old. now pretend you’re a hardcore nintendo fan with a nes, a snes, and two gameboys. now pretend you’re watching the disney afternoon. suddenly you’re madder than anything, so mad you just have to go complain to your mom about how stupid it is and how they’re making things up and how it’s not true. you start frothing at the mouth and raging like a democrat when george bush got re-elected. what makes you do this? sega commercials! especially the one with that stupid racecar and the crummy old icecream truck with mariokart straped to the back of it, or the one where the dog is sniffing the game boy and the game gear. that kind of stuff scars you for life as a kid. one thing’s for sure, it made me never want to buy a sega system for as long as i live. i had someone offer me a genesis for $5 once and i turned them down because i don’t want that trash in my house. you know it’s bad when 10 years later sega announces they’re leaving the console race and becoming a developer and inside you start laughing like a retarded clown thinking “muahahahahaha! up yours sega!” there’s one thing about that old sega advertising though, it sure was memorable. i can hardly remember any nintendo commercials from that period. anything between “now you’re playing with power” and “play it loud!” is like a blur. there’s only one problem with a memorable commercial though, when it’s so in-your-face and irritating that it rallies people to the competition. i mean sure sega had mortal kombat with blood in it, but there really wasn’t a whole lot else. take away that and sonic and you’ve hardly got anything. i remember seeing chuchu rocket as a gba launch title and telling people “SEGA’S MAKING GAMEBOY GAMES NOW IMAGINE THAT 10 YEARS AGO BAHAHAHAHAHA!” most of the time they’d give me a polite nod and walk slowly across the road, but still, my point came across. anyway, that’s my nostalgia rant for the day, just wanted to share.