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My gaming love for the Sega Genesis video game console

Updated on October 21, 2014
Sega genesis model 2 system
Sega genesis model 2 system | Source

As an old school gamer the Sega Genesis is my favorite system of all time, the SNES is a close 2nd. The gameplay and graphics were groundbreaking at the time.

If I was to be stuck with choosing one system to play for the rest of my life between my Atari, NES, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, N64, Gamecube, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, I would choose my Sega Genesis. I would know what games I would take as well. This is a pretty far fetched scenario but in discussing with fellow gamers and my gamer son, this would be my choice. I love many systems by the way but most of my teen years were spent primarily on the Sega Genesis. When the Sega Genny came it out it blew away the 8 bit NES system. For the next few years some of the best graphic games were produced at that time by Sega.

I'm a 2d gamer and some of you out there are thinking those systems are lame. Well, my young boys if they aren't playing the Wii will also choose the Sega over the SNES and N64 so it's not too lame. My middle boy loves Sonic with a passion. The Sega revolutionized my favorite genre of games which are RTS which means Real Time Strategy though I am a fan of many genres: action, shooters, rpg's, etc. Can we all say together Dune the Battle for Arrakis and Herzog Zwei? These games revolutionized RTS on a console system. Besides Sonic who doesn't love Double Dragon, Shinobi, Streets of Rage, General Chaos, Golden Axe. Those are a lot of good games but I'm not done yet: Contra Hard Corps/jeez that game was hard, ToeJam and Earl, Earthworm Jim, Mortal Kombat, Boogerman, Earth Worm Jim, Phantasy Star and the list goes on and on. Now there are a ton of good NES and SNES games but I can also list dozens of real crappy ones. With the Sega the games overall made for better gameplay with less duds.

Sega also had the best commercials. Cutting edge and cool. Off the top of my head the tagline was for many: "Genesis does what Nintendon't" They had the graphics to pull it off as well and you would have to be blind to not realize how much cooler the Sega was. I am not talking smack about the NES because that is the first system that I received and drew me into video games. Great memories of many games on the NES and SNES. So please no attack by NES/SNES lovers because I'm one of those as well. How cool was the top loading design? That sealed the deal for me. How many of us played our NES and for no apparent reason the game would freeze or just a little bump could freeze the game? You were almost done with Contra and wham, I remember yelling in gamer frustration when that happened. Getting the darn cartridge to work on the NES was another chore in itself, the blinking red light and blinking screen, aarrgghhh. Insert in this way, take it out and blow on the cartridge strategically, put it back in and maybe if I wiggle it to find the sweet spot it will play. Oh no, the game just froze up. With the Sega it was less blowing and less freezeups. You wonder why NES developed the toploader later on and the SNES was a top loader, lol. The controllers were heaven compared to the NES. Those little square controllers on the NES caused me to have corner imprints/blisters from their edges.

If I could choose only 4 games for the Sega they would be: Dune the Battle for Arrakis, Mortal Kombat 2, Battle Toads/Double Dragon and the Sega Genesis 6-Pak which has 6 games on it like Sonic, Shinobi, Street of Rage, Columns, Super Hang-On and Golden Axe. I cheated in a way because a couple of these games have more than one game on it but they are on one cartridge so it counts. Anyways, if you have a Sega Genesis take it out of storage and give it some gaming love. If you have never owned one it is a great for you to play as well as your kids. Cartridges are almost indestructible and not like the flimsy discs where they get scratched and snap easily. You can pick up a Sega online with a couple games for about 30 dollars. Sega Genesis games are also the cheapest, besides the Atari, as a whole in comparison to the NES and SNES. Enough about my love for the Sega, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

All photos pictured are my own personal photos.

Thoughts about gaming in general and children

As a father I feel obligated to say that you must keep a handle on how much time you let your children play. My parents did and it was a reward to be able to spend an hour or two playing games. Homework first, kids. There are a lot of good gaming systems and as long as you have fun that is the most important part. Gaming can improve reading and improve your child's coordination and reflexes. Again, let them play age appropriate games. With the older games it is much easier because they pale in comparison to some of the graphic games today of sex, drugs and carnage. Side note, never neglect your spouse when playing a game because they will get mad and you do it too many times and you will be sleeping on the couch for the night, lol but seriously human relationships are more important than games. That is real life.

I'm an old school gamer but that doesn't mean I think newer games and systems are stupid. If the truth was to be told, I'm not great at the newer games. I have had a much harder time transitioning from 2d to 3d games. I love Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros, etc but I regularly get beat down by my son. Often the games of our youth hold a big sentiment in our lives and for nostalgic value we bond with a certain system or two. Games are more enjoyable playing with a friend or family member. Some of my fondest memories are playing Mortal Kombat/ Super Street Fighter 2 for the Genny and TMNT 2 on the NES with my best friend. But we grow up and become older gamers living in the past quite often with the games and systems that hold a special meaning to us. Those growing up playing the PS3/Xbox for the majority of their youth will probably feel about those systems as I do about mine 20 years from now.

Sega Genesis Poll

How often do you play the Sega Genesis?

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Super Street Fighter II
Super Street Fighter II

It's just fun. I prefer MK a little more but this is less graphic than MK.


Howie and I put together some of our favorite Sega games and moments.

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One of our favorite games. 6-Pak and our personal copy.Howie beating Dune.Entering last level I believe.One of our many copies of Sonic the hedghog 2.Golden Axe 2 settings before we started.Entering last battle on Golden Axe 2. P.S. We won.
One of our favorite games. 6-Pak and our personal copy.
One of our favorite games. 6-Pak and our personal copy. | Source
Howie beating Dune.
Howie beating Dune. | Source
Entering last level I believe.
Entering last level I believe. | Source
One of our many copies of Sonic the hedghog 2.
One of our many copies of Sonic the hedghog 2. | Source
Golden Axe 2 settings before we started.
Golden Axe 2 settings before we started. | Source
Entering last battle on Golden Axe 2. P.S. We won.
Entering last battle on Golden Axe 2. P.S. We won. | Source
Sega Genesis 6-Pak
Sega Genesis 6-Pak

The best value to get. 6 games in one. Has golden axe, Sonic, streets of rage, Hang-On, Columns, Shinobi and Columns on one cartridge. This cartridge gets a lot of play on my Sega.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Best video game console to play sports games, ever. Fantastic lens.

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      willisx32 5 years ago

      great lens

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      Nice lens, as expected!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      The Sega Genesis was cool with Sonic and Streets of Rage, but I think the Super Nintendo had a bigger library of games and was more diverse. Not to mention the crisper graphics. And I totally agree with the amount of time spent on video games, it's easy for kids to just stay focused on that and not care about their homework or playing outside.

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      bamajaw 6 years ago

      Great lenses. Thank you

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      i love and miss sega so much

      have you played bayonetta?... made by sega... its segas frist true master peice in a long time.. its one of the best games i have ever played in my life

      i have at least 2 pages with that game... here is one

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sega Genesis was the best

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sega Genesis was the best

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      SpEeDyG360 LM 6 years ago

      Such a classic!

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      TeddySteele1 6 years ago

      Good times...good memories.

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      MekkaChyld LM 6 years ago

      Good lens.

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      iamhavok 7 years ago

      I was always a Sega boy...I remember getting the Sega Saturn,had a DreamCast too, and being blown away by how realistic the graphics were !! games have come a long way.

      Nice lens..lots of games I'd forgotten about.

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      hezekiah74 7 years ago

      Nice one. The Genesis (Megadrive in the UK) was a good console. It's a shame it didn't have hardware scaling a rotation like the SNES.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Came back to bless this lens- realized that I had thought I'd squidliked it last time, but it didn't show up. Noticed that a couple times on different lenses. Glad I returned!

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      You're on a roll Howard, thanks -:)

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      The Goblins Den 7 years ago

      To me, the clear winner in the console race of the early 90's was the SNES, but the Genesis had it's charm...especially if you include the Sega CD and 32X selection.

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      shincyriades 7 years ago

      Used to really be into Genesis games - I always loved their underrated stuff! Great console for classic Sega arcade ports. I also loved Chakan and Traysia! I have my own lens about Neo Geo, the classic 16bit arcade system :)