QOTW: What's your fondest Sega memory?

Every week the hosts of TalkRadar present and answer a new "Question of the Week" - a personal inquiry which unearths some of our deepest, and sometimes most sinister, gaming memories. Everyone is encouraged to answer each week's question, so go ahead, tell us your most glorious, nostalgic, or shameful story!

This week's question:

What's your fondest Sega memory?

Hey everyone - this week is the 10th anniversary of the Dreamcast! Ohyou noticed? Well, it's almost over, so you won't have to deal with our blubbering nostalgia for much longer, but if you're also the type for reminiscin', then tell us what Sega console or game makes you feel all bubbly inside just to think about. We won't judge.

Answer this week's question in the comments!

Questions can also be answered in the QOTW forum thread. Our favorite posts this week will be read next week on TalkRadar 69, and appear in the next edition of this article. Listen to TalkRadar 68 on Friday for our answers!

Last week's question:

What peripheral let you down the most?

Below are a few of last week's answers that tickled our collective fancies, but since we can't feature them all here, check out last week's article and forum thread for more...

Crabbo wrote...
"Well, this is more out of personal stupidity, than general disappointment towards the product.. But...

The Super Scope... Around 96' I was visiting my cousins in Ft. Lauderdale. I rarely ever see them, so I was enthused. I had a really crappy time hanging out with them considering that I was much younger than they were. So to make up for it they gave me their Super Scope.

Now by this time, I didn't realize that you needed a sensor to use the damned thing. So I got home, and tried my damnedest to play "duck hunt" (also not realizing the super scope was a peripheral designed for SNES, not the NES).

I was convinced that my copy of duck hunt, just didn't work with the super scope. So I tried a few other games I owned at the time, among them "Platoon" also for the NES, and it still didn't work.

I was pretty disappointed. On a positive note though, I did end up just using it as a toy gun to play around with.

Still though.. In retrospect It makes me feel like a real idiot."

Above: Senior Editor Brett Elston playing with his Super'd think he was just posing for a photo, but he was having way too much fun for that to be true

BonerAchieved wrote...
"Hey you pikachu, GOD THAT SUCKED, i was like 'YEAH!!!! i got my OWN pikachu, that understands me!!!'



NathanXplosion wrote...
"The Sega Activator."

Mechamorbo wrote...
"I don't typically buy peripherals, so I haven't really experienced much disappointment.

However, when I was younger, my family and I would pile into a van and take a three day trek down to Florida. To say this wasn't very friendly to the environment, battery wise, is an understatement. So when we arrived, I used my Christmas money to buy a rechargeable battery pack for my Gameboy, as well as that weird looking magnifier/light that would clip onto it like some geriatric robot cyclops' glasses:


The light was fantastic for playing at night (though it ironically took batteries), but the power pack eventually would only charge if you plugged it into the wall and held the wire exactly right the entire time. It was also harder to take out than Batman on a trampoline, and when I was finally successful, I'd lost the actual backing to the battery housing. This meant any tiny movement caused all four batteries to spill out onto the floor faster than Batman on a trampoline.

By this time I'd mostly moved on from the Gameboy, but it was still annoying that it meant I couldn't really ever revisit it."

Bar1Scorpio wrote...
"I own Steel Battalion, and hardly ever have the chance to play it."


GAYMER wrote...
"The Aura Interacror. When I was just a little kid, my friends and I used to take turns wearing this while playing Mortal Kombat. What a piece of crap! It was bulky and impossible to sit on the sofa while wearing it. And if you wore it too long, it would start to burn your back!"


Sep 10, 2009

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  • elys - September 17, 2009 8:25 a.m. is selling lotro gold,cheap lotro gold
  • GaMeRGuY1oh4 - September 15, 2009 8 p.m.

    For me, it would be when my friend got this Sonic game for the PS2 with lots of the classic games. Me, who never had the Old Sonic experience, since I was a Nintendo Fan. Oh boy, was that game great! It really gave me that experience, and I have now been able to play an actual "good" Sonic Game.
  • FamousMortimer - September 15, 2009 5:26 a.m.

    Secondary memory: Being the only Dreamcast owner anyone knew in college, NFL2K alone was enough to keep a constant stream of traffic to my room for at least 6 months. Indeed, NFL2K was the ONLY DC game I owned for that 6+ month period. The footballin' was so good that I remember being awoken on several occasions from mid-day naps by two or more people having a heated match on the gridiron.
  • FamousMortimer - September 15, 2009 4:12 a.m.

    Primary memory: I was one of the suckers that foolishly bought a Sega CD. I remember playing Streets of Rage with friends that had never seen it on the CD, and they loved the CD-quality sound of bashing the phonebooths for items so much that it became the sole reason to continue playing.
  • mufasa95 - September 14, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    HEY GUYS finally got an account, Its not creative or cool but being that the genesis was my first console my fondest childhood and videogame memories all come from playing sonic 2. with my dad, with friends, it never gets old. I swear to god ive asked chicks if they wanna come over and play sonic 2 and it FOKIN WORKS! Thanks for the podcast, its the highlight of my friday :D cheers, mufasa95
  • JohnDD - September 14, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    It's gotta be the Dreamcast because: - online play (Chu Chu Rocket, Quake, Phantasy Star Online) - voice recognition (albeit one game, but phew, WHAT A GAME!) - beautiful yet quirky and "out the box" games (Jet Set/Grind Radio, Rez, Seaman, Cosmic Smash) - Sega's arcade games (Daytona, F355, the Virtua games, House of the Dead) Then, when it was announced that it was to be discontinued, I snapped up as many games (EU, US, and JP) and peripherals as possible, but I was also able to easily play - with EASE - so much homebrew and emus! The joy to discover the Megadrive/Genesis and Master System back catalogue! A fantastic all round system - such a shame it never fully realised the potential, and what wonders Sega would have if they were still in the hardware business.
  • DontEatRawHagis - September 14, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    Playing on my neighbors Dreamcast when I forgot my housekey.
  • KnightDehumidifier - September 14, 2009 8:34 a.m.

    While I had the Genesis and a hearty selection of games on it, my more nostalgic memory of Sega came from the Game Gear. I remember getting a Sega Game Gear bundle for my 10th birthday with Joe Montana Football and the terrible rendition of Sonic 2 with it as well. It was Joe Montana Football that taught me how easy it was to literally glitch and break the game. Since the game didn't have statistics or any sort of changes from one team to another, it didn't matter if you were the 49ers or the Patriots. So from time to time I chose at the time the New England Patriots (during the period where they were nobodies) and ended up breaking the game by doing consecutive 30 yard passes and TD passes almost every two minutes, and intercepting the ball almost every chance I had. Regular season games had me win by 105-0 with my Super Bowl win at about 77-3. Even in a generation of Game Genies and the rising of Game Sharks I learned from Sega's perennial football game that some games can be conquered if not destroyed without physically cheating.
  • marluxia2500 - September 14, 2009 2:28 a.m.

    Pre-Sonic Adventure *sigh* the glory days
  • NelosAngelos - September 13, 2009 6:20 a.m.

    Aaaaaw...memories. Playing X-men 2 on the Genesis with my buddy Spencer when we were kids. Very first system I ever owned and the very first game I ever got addicted to. I was always Night crawler, my buddy was always Gambit. Those red robotic ninjas didn't stand a chance.
  • sl33pythyme - September 13, 2009 4:15 a.m.

    man house of the dead 2, i grew up with that game it was my childhood
  • ShinyRob - September 13, 2009 3:46 a.m.

    My favorite Sega memory is when Sonic was on the cover of Nintendo Power. That's when I realized the video game world I grew up with was over... I still have that issue displayed in my room.
  • Defguru7777 - September 12, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    My best memory is in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. The final boss fight against The Final Hazard playing as Super Sonic and Super Shadow with "Live and Learn" playing in the background. Kickass song.
  • Zeos - September 12, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    Probably when I first got my Sega Genesis bundled with Sonic 2 for Christmas, when I was six I think. I loved Sonic right away, except the second level pissed me off alot back then with the whole drowning stuff
  • helloimgaydo - September 12, 2009 12:20 a.m.

  • devildog18 - September 11, 2009 8:53 p.m.

    I remember play zombies ate my neighbors with my sister
  • Harmon20 - September 11, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    Like many, mine was figuring out how to get past the first loop-de-loop in the first Sonic the Hedgehog on the first level. I tried on about 5 separate occasions to do it, until I realized I had to hold right after about 10 minutes of pondering it. Man, did I feel stupid...
  • sbghost64 - September 11, 2009 6:31 p.m.

    finally beating streets of rage on Genesis for the first time after owning it for ten years. Now that was awesome. My brother and i played it like crazy the first three years we had it and still would bring it out often as the years passed by but never ever beat it until finally a few months ago my friend and i beat it (he had a genesis and loved streets of rage too) that and bomberman were awesome.
  • sbghost64 - September 11, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    Constantly having to blow into my Pico and Genesis cartridges to get them to work is another memorable moment.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - September 11, 2009 5:19 p.m.

    I've never owned anything by Sega and the way they are going now I probably never will.

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