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From the Losing Side of the Console War: Confessions of a Sega Orphan

Reposted from PopMatters Moving Pixels.

It’s about time I came clean with you all: I know next to nothing about Nintendo.

My first gaming console as a child was a SegaCD, and I say that specifically because it took 24 hours or so for my father to realize he needed to go out and buy a Genesis for it to work. He’s been enamored with computers for as long as I can remember and was especially interested in CD technologies of that time period. He couldn’t really care less about games, but full motion video cutscenes, that excited him. Fortunately, it excited his four children as well.

I couldn’t tell you the specific rationale for it now (though it was probably monetary), but my family remained a single-brand household for a long time after that. We got a lot of use out of that Genesis. We even had a 32x! And though no American child can grow up completely without exposure to Nintendo products thanks to classmates and popular media, my siblings and I were all squarely and firmly in Sega camp, back when there indeed were such camps and a blue hedgehog led one of them.

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