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Bizarre Sega Genesis peripheral hits the auction block

With the world still recovering from the cumbersome black plastic aftermath of the music game craze, you’d think awkward peripherals were a new phenomenon in the gaming world. “Not so!’ says the Sega Action Chair. The Action Chair, a peripheral so rare it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry, is a virtually unknown hunk of metal and plastic that makes the Power Glove look like a triumph of ergonomics.

Above: Genuine vinyl seat and damp fart smell included!

The Action Chair is a controller that, unsurprisingly, has you sit in it. Two hand grips provide some stability, and contain the ABC/Start Select buttons. What makes the Action Chair so unique is that the D-pad controls are programmed into a sensor in the bottom of the chair, meaning you control the game via rocking and leaning in the direction you want to go. While it's an atrocious choice for sidescrollers, platformers, and every other type of game, the setup theoretically makes sense for games like Road Rash and After Burner. Of course, whoever thought this idea made any kind of fiscal sense is currently huddled around flaming barrel, eating a fish skeleton they just pulled out of a trash can.

Above: The only chair clinically proven to get you less "action"

The example up for auction is in fairly good shape considering it’s been moldering in a basement for at least a decade, rust is minimal and the disgusting vinyl seat is rip free. All jokes aside, the Action Chair is a legitimately rare and historical piece of gaming ephemera. Even so, the Buy it Now asking price of $500 is enough to drive off all but the most die-hard gaming fans. So unless you’ve got some shelf space between your U-Force and Sega Activator that needs filling, it’d be a good idea to keep your wallet closed for this one.

Jun 2, 2010

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11 comments

  • Timonmustdie - June 4, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    The only action i get from that is a aching back...
  • QWERTYCommander - June 3, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Guys, one of your ads on this page gave me a trojan. Thank god for Symantec.
  • btbandit123 - June 3, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    I love all of these weird peripherals. The sad thing is that I actually have the Nintendo version of the action chair, so I find it very interesting to finally see one of these for sale. I got mine with 20 cartridges for $15 at a yard sale 3 years ago. As for it being a great sex chair, it ain't, the seat back is to short and it digs into your back and the woman always complains about the steal bars hurting their legs
  • Darth Olds - June 3, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    I think Action Chair would make a great name for a movie.
  • cindylei96 - June 3, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at an age gap dating site[_www. A G E R O M A N C E com_]---a nice and free place for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends
  • HawtKakez - June 3, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    Is it wrong that I really want to try this? It looks like something that would be in an arcade room.
  • FlikNightshade - June 3, 2010 6:14 a.m.

    Oh my God it's a dildo chair. For fucks sake, Sega. Really?
  • shyfonzie - June 3, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    It's just missing stir-ups to be the perfect peripheral for an exciting new game about gynecology.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 3, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    Jesus, and I thought the AVGN had scraped the bottom of the barrel...
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 3, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    This looks like the sex chair from 'Burn After Reading'. Good movie.
  • LizarDAZZLE - June 3, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    wow, it even had no wikipedia article? that's god-damn rare! I certainly have no need for it though (It'd cost me too much money to bother go to ebay and buy it. What a waist of time. blllleeeeeeeegh. *sarcasm*) also, my first first.

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