May 20th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Sega, Genesis, 32X, EGM, 1994, advertisement, Virtua Racing, Star Wars Arcade, Star Wars
Surely you have newer locks in your house.
I bought a Sega 32X for $30 new in 1995 or '96 at Toys"R"Us. They were on clearance because nobody wanted them. (I also bought a Virtual Boy for $30 this way around the same time.) There were good reasons why no one wanted them: chiefly, because better machines like the PlayStation and Saturn were out there, and most games for the 32X weren't very good.
Still, I have a soft spot for this system. It touches some fundamental nerdy part of me that likes convoluted electronic expansion modules — it means more to collect, and more to mess with. I have a bunch of 32X games, perhaps even half of the entire library for that system, but I rarely play any of them. I seem to recall the Star Wars Arcade title being pretty good for it. Virtua Racing wasn't half bad either.
By the way, the only explanation I can muster for the inclusion of the keyhole in the ad above is that it's some sort of sexual metaphor, much like those found in Sega's other 32X ads at the time (See "The Sega Mating Game," Retro Scan of the Week, 2008). In other words, I guess we're spying on a Genesis and a 32X having electronic intercourse.
[ From Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 1994, p.180 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: In an alternate universe where there was no Sega Saturn, do you think the 32X could have held its own against the competition for a few years?
February 15th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro GIF, GIF, fruit, still life, art, EGA
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Have you ever seen an edible still life rendered in 16-color EGA?
It appears that this image, which shows fruits and vegetables, cheese, and a napkin or folded tablecloth, originated as either a video capture or a scan of a photograph that was then digitally cleaned up to isolate the centerpiece in absolute blackness.
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January 11th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro GIF, scanners, video capture, video digitizers, Jim Maxey, Event Horizons BBS, BBS, GIF, IBM PC, EGA, T-EGA, Videotex, NAPLPS, Videotex Systems, Bob Gillman
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From 1983 to 1996, James "Jim" Maxey operated a very successful Oregon-based BBS called Event Horizons. Through that board's file section, Maxey made available thousands of GIF images in many categories, from landscapes to pornography, that he had created using a video digitizer board and conversion software called T-EGA.
Bob Talmadge wrote an excellent profile of Jim Maxey's BBS years for his site BBSDays.com. I recommend reading it if you're interested in learning more about Maxey's BBS. Also, Jack Rickard of BoardWatch magazine mentioned Maxey's early 1990s image-related BBS activities in an article he wrote for Wired issue 1.04 in 1993.
The early and pioneering nature of Maxey's color graphics files for IBM PC computers ensured that his digital pictures, which he called "MaxiPics," spread far and wide to other BBSes at the time. This is one such picture, and it depicts a house and yard in autumn. The 640 x 350 EGA format file dates from 1987 and was likely captured from a video source — more on that in a moment.
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August 20th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Sega Saturn, Sega, Sega Sports, World Series Baseball, baseball, scrape, gross, gratuitous advertising, GamePro, 1997
World Series Baseball 98 for the Sega Saturn
I've written about gratuitous and graphic video game advertising of the 1990s more than a few times over the years, but I never get tired of revisiting this wildly bombastic era in consumer marketing.
Here we see a nice ad for World Series Baseball 98 for the Sega Saturn, complete with front-and-center forearm scrape. I don't know about you, but this makes me want to play baseball. Injury sells.
See Also: Broken Tetrisphere Teeth (2010)
See Also: Super Mario World 2 (2009)
[ From GamePro, October 1997, rear cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Would a graphic ad like this make you more or less likely to play a certain video game?