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.

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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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  • A2guy - September 10, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    All I really remember is the first 2 levels of sonic 2, and the 1st level of sonic one. but I loved it when. good animation, going really fast, man it was awesome. I also remember some puzzle game that looked like bejeweled. never actualy knew what it was though. (BTW, I honestly like sonic adventure 1 and 2. I didn't care about the bad voice acting, or dumb characters at all. I still got to go fast and play as eggman.) me and my friend still play to this day.
  • russman - September 10, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    I have always been thankful for Sega having Alex Kidd game built into the Master System II. So many fond Alex Kidd memories sprung from that.
  • Usgo - September 10, 2009 11:58 p.m.

    playing jet set radio future with the volume at 90 billion decibals. good times.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - September 11, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    oh my genisis which was actualy my brothers. i had a fishing game on it that i adored. my favorite memory was playing a timed fishing tournment and caught the biggest cat fish ever!!! but to realized i arrived at the dock 1 min to late and lost he tourny. i was PISSED!!! also that game where you play as the 7-up spot thing was really really fun. but keep in mind i was like 9 or 10 then idk.
  • PlatypusFan - September 11, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    i have good memories of the the adventures of sonic raider kombat game for the PS5Genisis
  • Cyberninja - September 11, 2009 1:38 a.m.

    my fondest memeory was after a trip to va my cousin died of cancer and i was really sad. then my dreamcast was there to cheer me up.
  • FinalGamer - September 11, 2009 2:03 a.m.

    When I finished Shenmue. On Christmas Day in-game, perfect little final battle against the snowy backdrop. It really choked me up.
  • theturbolemming - September 11, 2009 2:03 a.m.

    I will never, ever, ever forget the hours and hours I sunk into Gauntlet Legends on the Dreamcast with my friend over the summers of third and fourth grade. Of course, in retrospect it's a pretty mediocre game, but when you're in third grade it is completely bad-ass to have your green archer pull out a MASSIVE bow and shoot dozens of arrows all at the same time. Ah, how many times I heard "Green Archer is about to die!" I'll never forget you, Gauntlet.
  • phoenix_wings - September 11, 2009 3:59 a.m.

    Only friends and relatives owned any Sega console, my parents didn't Sega, I guess. I went into a Value Village (second-hand shop in Canada) and went to the front counter, just looking around. And there, I saw something that made me want to dish out the $15.00 for something I'd never use. It was a copy of Resident Evil on the Sega Saturn. That face...looking back at me, it just blew my mind. Why would anyone donate that to Value Village? I may never know, but when I returned, it was gone, and all now I have is the thought of was what might have been...
  • Skooch - September 11, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    The first time I played a Sonic game on my cousin's old Mega Drive. I went so fast I didn't care if I sucked.
  • GamerTagsSuck - September 11, 2009 10:54 a.m.

    First level of a sonic game ever. I couldn't beat it cause I was stupid but it was fun forever. FOREVER.
  • erreip199 - September 11, 2009 3:32 p.m.

    first game ive ever owned was Sonic 2... that hedgehog pretty much introduced me to gaming... but something hapened to him and sold himself like a whore to the masses... maybe until 2010
  • thomashalpenny - September 11, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    when the ps2 kicked its ass muahahahahahahahaha
  • sbghost64 - September 11, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    The first gaming system i ever got was a sega pico (it was an video game system made for younger children) the games were these interactive books u plug in and flip the pages to change screens it had a touch pad and stylus that translated to a cursor on the screen. Me and my brother loved that thing to death. the best game was sonic the hedgehog gameworld. i played that forever as a young kid. the most memorable moment was when my twin brother and i broke our Pico by stuffing the cartridge slot full of pennies and quarters. we were just like "hmm... i wonder what will happen if we do this" and it broke. we were so sad. i'm not sure how long it took, but our parents eventually bought us a new one, but we were almost at the age where the games were too childish. i still playd sonic the hedgehog gameworld anyway though
  • sbghost64 - September 11, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    wow i feel wierd for posting three in a row (four now i guess) but i just have so many sega memories
  • dweller - September 11, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    Turning it on.
  • Dondada - September 11, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    I remember hating Sega with every fiber of my being. Partly due to Nintendo's famous brainwashing. Funny thing is I later hated Nintendo.
  • gmilf71 - September 12, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    Having sex with a dreamcast and giving birth to horrible sega-human creatures, then killing them all with a double barreled shotgun. And really really enjoying it.
  • Snarf - September 12, 2009 2:05 p.m.

    I didn't own a Dreamcast. My friend had one but we rarely played it and when we did I would always ask to play the same Sonic game but I never saw past the third level, for we didn't save or anything.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - September 12, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    Opening title screen of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Obviously not the best game, that's number 2, but it was that same opening once that made me feel like everything in the world was ok again