SEGA Breaks

Everyone needs a break from the routine of studying, group projects and homework.  SMF students are no exception. Some people play sports (I enjoy tennis – be sure to check out RPAC), some work out, others turn to art (playing instruments, painting, etc…).  In addition to playing tennis on OSU’s campus, I also enjoy playing retro video game systems.   My particular favorite is the Sega Genesis.

Sega Genesis was undoubtedly one of the most memorable video game systems of the early to mid 1990s, and will be always remembered for its deep rivalry with Nintendo and Super Nintendo.   While the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was slowly fading out by the middle part of the early 1990s, Super Nintendo had to compete fiercely with Sega.   Sega Genesis system had 915 games that were made compared to Super Nintendo’s 784, although the Super Nintendo did cannibalize some of its NES system games as well.

Perhaps the most notable character of Sega is Sonic the Hedgehog.  He appeared in many games, however his most notable are in the classic Sonic the Hedgehog series’ games of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic and Knuckles. Both Sonic and Sonic 2 were respectively the top 2 grossing games of the franchise with Disney’s Aladdin at number 3.   The system has sports, action, fighting, racing, strategy and many other categories.   The beauty of the system was perhaps its limitations.   The games involved memorizing enemy attacks and mastering precision at times. For me, its also a visit to the joys of my childhood.

If you are in Columbus and are in need of obtaining this retro system, there is a local store, Super Game Team on Northwest Ave that sells Sega Genesis systems and other used games for your enjoyment.

Any child of the 1990s should recognize this logo and immediately associate it to Sonic the Hedgehog
A scene from the classic first level of Sonic the Hedgehog, Green Hill Zone