Interface – Loveletters to Old Video Game Magazines & Sega CD

I have a little box in my office filled with old video game magazines from 1992-1995. I’d say about 85% of them have a Street Fighter II themed cover. I wouldn’t call myself a collector of old magazines. I’m more like a hoarder. In fact, I’m trying to really narrow down my “collecting” to some things that are more specific. Something to make the chase a little more exciting. The idea of owning a complete set of something always seemed impossible, so any “collection” that I’ve amassed, is quite the hodge-podge of crap. As far as video games go, for me, it’s not about having every single game, but having the ones that mean the most to me. While not the BEST system of all time, my favorite system is the Sega CD. That’s one console that I feel like I could realistically own every single US release. I’m actually well on my way, and just yesterday I found a pretty rare game out in the wild for under $20. Yup! Mad Dog II – The Lost Gold! Chances are, I’ll never ever play it, but man it feels good to own it. I shouldn’t say that actually. I WANT to play it. I just never have time. I like to imagine myself retired at age 55, looking up codes for Sega CD games. Very likely.

Anyway, 1992-1995 were when video games meant the most to me, and that probably explains my fascination with the Sega CD. It was something that felt so premium, yet so affordable. We can thank the magazines for that. I wound up finally owning one closer to 1995 after it had fizzled out, but you best believe that I rented one as often as I could. In fact, I “accidentally” rented a Sega CD game once JUST to con my parents into renting a Sega CD for me. I’m certain that I was a turd of a child.

So, I’m gonna flip through Electronic Gaming Monthly (May, 1993 – Volume 6, Issue 5) in search of something to ramble about. Let’s see what we find!

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Welp. That was fast. THE COVER! I love this image. LOVE IT. It’s an airbrushed masterpiece. Today, things are way too…uniform. Everything adheres to such a strict style guide and look, that it all comes off as so sterile and boring. Remember the thousands of artistic interpretations of the Ninja Turtles way back in the early 90’s? Variety is good. And confusing. How many people saw this and thought Bison was sitting on a crate and forcing Guile to smell the bottom of his boot? I just noticed this.

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Time Gal! A Sega CD game that I don’t actually own. This one is kinda-sorta rare, and is a full motion video romp that I think just commands you to hit the right button at the right time while a movie plays. I’m pretty sure it’s popularity stems from it’s anime look, but again, looking at that cover, the world just wasn’t ready for dem big eyes. Hysterical. Could you imagine if that were still the case today?

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I love this movie unironically and will defend it’s amazing brilliance until the bitter end. Nothing left to say. My only regret is not seeing it in theaters.

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This guy is complaining that they changed the SNES version of Ranma 1/2 to a generic fighting game called Street Combat. How was this guy aware of Ranma 1/2 in 1993? I guess in 1993 I was only 11, so it’s not IMPOSSIBLE for this guy to have picked up on it somewhere but still…the pre-internet days amaze me.

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I wanna carry this into a serious Street Fighter tournament. Also, I was a SEARS FUNTRONICS t-shirt. They had such an awesome video game display.

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X-Men was the very first game I owned for the Sega Genesis and I have to say, I completely agree with this review. It’s jerky and ugly. The game doesn’t hold up very well, but the sequel, X-Men 2 Clone Wars is top notch!

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This man is a pro athlete. Look how happy he looks to have his very own SNES game! According to Wikipedia, he’s now 60 years old and was arrested in 2008 at an NCAA basketball game for not wanting to leave the arena. Um, okay. Moving on…

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This is an ad for Bomberman on the Turbo Grafx 16. Nothing says grunge rock like Bomberman. Sing Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” song replacing better with BOMBER. I just made you laugh out loud. šŸ˜€

On that note, I need to get back to work and this article must conclude on a different day! Stay tuned! We’ll get through this magazine!

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Old Friends Die Hard.

Look at this fool. Look at him! No one would know that I was just getting over major sickness number 2 for the year. I have to say though, I look pretty thin! I have a jawline! Neato!

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I just got back from the Louisville Arcade Expo. It’s our third year in a row, and despite being horribly ill, I managed to make it and rock the faces off of everyone in attendance. It’s a tremendous show, and it reminds me of the old days of MAGFest. I played some Game Boy music, got a chance to meet my MMSBC 2600 collaborator, and even managed to make it into the finals of the Super Puzzle Fighter II tournament. Also, the news. My buddy Landon had a huge crush on the reporter! D’awww.

What now? Good question. I s’pose this entry can be my annual “I HATE SPRING” post. Even though I made a nice chunk of change at the expo, it’s all washed up by overdue bills and old debts. Not that those things are bad, but it would have been nice to use some of that money for some kind of weekend getaway. Fight for the future I guess…

In other news, if you missed my chiptunes show at LAX, I’ll be doing another over the summer at IKASUCON in Ft. Wayne, IN. It’s an anime convention. I’m glad that I’m going as an artist/performer, because honestly I never wanted to be the creepy 30-something at the anime show. For some reason, it’s okay at comic cons, but anime cons are so littered with…I don’t know…young people. Like, 14 year olds. My little brother had his butt groped at an anime con rave a few years back. I don’t wanna go through that. Other than that, I’m truly looking forward to it and I know that it will be a good time. I’m currently not teaching, so doing a panel/seminar for the kids will be like scratching a long overdue itch. I’m pretty stoked.

I’m trying not to let the post-expo depression set in, but Ikasucon is a long way off, and I need some kind of stop-gap event to give me something exciting to look forward to….

I was debating on whether or not I should blog about this, but I feel like I have to. I got word on Monday that an old friend passed away. The concert on Friday night was probably the best show I’ve had, and my love of performing live music and songwriting can be traced back to one dude. I’m going to miss Ethan Statler. I would be lying if I said I didn’t daydream constantly about the original three members of The Mochajaro performing together again some day. Ethan and I wrote and recorded a song together called ‘The Stars (Look Super Cool)’ I’ve always wanted to do a chip arrangement of that song, and perhaps I’ll do that for him at the next show. The funeral is tomorrow, and while I promise you that I hate funerals (and the idea of funerals) more than anyone else, I might sneak over. If anything, I’ll sit on the doorstep of the joint and have a Jones soda. If they’re not sure about letting you into heaven, brother, jump the fence.

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