Sega Timeline

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Sega Timeline

Everything you've always wanted to know about Sega, in convenient easy-to-swallow form!

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Huh, I saw that periscope game in an episode of Wonder Woman, didn't know Sega made that. In the episode a female character proves she can count cards by being good at it (I am oversimplifying but I kid you not)

I really hope they re-release the Shenmue games on one disk. I would buy that in a heardbeat.

Same with the Power Stone games. And yes I know about the PSP version, and I bought it, but I'd like a console release.

Powerstone anyone?

Also isn't the Total War series doing pretty well? I thought that was published by Sega.

wait, I thought that tye Playstation was a failed thing between Nintendo and Sony, where does SEGA fit in?

Irridium:
I really hope they re-release the Shenmue games on one disk. I would buy that in a heardbeat.

Same with the Power Stone games. And yes I know about the PSP version, and I bought it, but I'd like a console release.

Forget re-releasing Shenmue. Make Shenmue 3 already.

It might have failed in America but the Master System and Mega Drive did well in Europe; the Nintendo actually did worse over here. I remember the classics; Double Dragon, Splatterhouse, Golden Axe, Afterburner, Alex The Kid, Mortal Kombat, Shinobi... I should probably dig out the old beast and see if she still works.

The time-line was good but you probably should have mentioned that Sega of Japan forced Sega of America to practically close its doors.

I still have my Dreamcast, but not my 2 favorite games: PowerStone 1 and 2.

I always was (and will be) a Nintendo fan, but somehow, I always find Sega's history quite fascinating.

Maybe because I never owned a propper Sega console or because they have a lot of drama and mistakes, like a greek tragedy, and no matter how many times I see or hear the same history, I always find fascinating Sega's history.

Huh. So Sega Rejected Sony as well?

How did this work out exactly?

From a design perspective, the Playstation being a derivative of an SNES CD unit makes sense looking at the controller, but now Sega factors into it as well somehow?

Did Sony run into problems with Nintendo and then take it's plans to Sega or something? Weird.

It always saddens me every time I read or heart about the demise of the Dreamcast. To me the Dreamcast might have been better than the Genesis. I could die a happy man if I could finish the Shenmue story

am i the only man alive who had Rush2049. Friends and stunt course is where its at.

I don't really visit IGN anymore, but I remember them having a nice article written about the history of SEGA a few years back.

http://retro.ign.com/articles/974/974695p1.html

I knew I liked Sega for some reason. I'm not the only one who has irrational dislike of Sony (course, they may be somewhat rational).

I feel bad for Sega. So ambitious, but they just can't compete with the big boys. Just imagine if Sega could have continued making systems. a 4-way console race would be insane... er...

cschraer:
Powerstone anyone?

Also isn't the Total War series doing pretty well? I thought that was published by Sega.

Power Stone was AWESOME!

...and with all of SEGA's money and tech I'm surprised they haven't started a new console age like they always do

SEGA sets the bar
everyone has to beat it
(and eventually does)

Vault Citizen:
wait, I thought that tye Playstation was a failed thing between Nintendo and Sony, where does SEGA fit in?

I've no idea what you're talking about, the only Nintendo vs Sony thing I can think of is the Release of Final Fantasy 7

it started on the SNES, was moved to the 64 (made 3D), then when they saw the PlayStation they saw how much they could fit on DISKS (instead of cartridges)

...that's really the only "Nintendo vs Sony" I can think of for the age

and the reason the N64/GC didn't have normal CD's (or any CD's) like everyone else was because Nintendo was aiming at giving games low loading times, instead of fancy graphics

SilverUchiha:
I knew I liked Sega for some reason. I'm not the only one who has irrational dislike of Sony (course, they may be somewhat rational).

I feel bad for Sega. So ambitious, but they just can't compete with the big boys. Just imagine if Sega could have continued making systems. a 4-way console race would be insane... er...

"SEGA releases the RING"

OH GOD IT HAS VR AND REAL 3D!
AND IT HAS CPU/GRAPHICS CHIP THAT RIVALS COMPUTER GAMERS!?!?!
AND IT'S CONSOLES HAVE THE ABILITY TO SUPPORT MMO SIZED SERVERS!?!?!

...too bad it's only an arcade machine and not a console
and too bad it was split into 2 types (Ring-Wide and Ring-Edge... Edge was better [more cutting edge] Wide... idk wide screen?)

Off Note: what the heck kind of ReCaptcha is "234 9876"

McBurks:
I still have my Dreamcast, but not my 2 favorite games: PowerStone 1 and 2.

Any of those ring a bell or strike your fancy?

I had stuck with sega from the genesis, even had the saturn, and of course the dreamcast, but they kept making the wrong decisions.

Dreamcast had such a huge following, if they only stuck with it, they'd have improved instead of shitting on the memory of sonic with awful nintendo games.

Dammit Sega, being a fan of you is like being a fan of the Chicago Bears... You put on a good show, but completely choke when it counts.
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Vault Citizen:
wait, I thought that tye Playstation was a failed thing between Nintendo and Sony, where does SEGA fit in?

CrystalShadow:
Huh. So Sega Rejected Sony as well?

How did this work out exactly?

From a design perspective, the Playstation being a derivative of an SNES CD unit makes sense looking at the controller, but now Sega factors into it as well somehow?

Did Sony run into problems with Nintendo and then take it's plans to Sega or something? Weird.

WOPR:

I've no idea what you're talking about, the only Nintendo vs Sony thing I can think of is the Release of Final Fantasy 7

it started on the SNES, was moved to the 64 (made 3D), then when they saw the PlayStation they saw how much they could fit on DISKS (instead of cartridges)

...that's really the only "Nintendo vs Sony" I can think of for the age

and the reason the N64/GC didn't have normal CD's (or any CD's) like everyone else was because Nintendo was aiming at giving games low loading times, instead of fancy graphics

I had the exact same thought as VaultCitizen and CrystalShadow while reading. I distinctly remember a SNES CD being in the works back in the day. Then when the idea was scrapped the Playstation was born and everyone always wondered what would've happened if Sony just stuck with Nintendo.

Can someone clear that up?

Quoting Wikipedia:
"The console's origins date back to 1986 where it was originally a joint project between Nintendo and Sony to create a CD-ROM for the Super Famicom/SNES console." (reference: "Game Over", by David Scheff).

Cool timeline. It should have a picture of the REAL Sega CD though, not the downsized version 2.

Still have my MegaDrive, although I lost my GameGear somewhere... Really hate that, they were lovely machines.

Oh Sega, if only you could've kept your shit together in the early 2000's, who knows.

The Great JT:
Oh Sega, if only you could've kept your shit together in the early 2000's, who knows.

I imagine that the Dreamcast probably would have kept Sega alive if it cost a bit more and had a DVD player in it.

Yes, the DVD player, now a mainstay in almost everything(TV sets, PS2, X-Box, my toaster) was a new and revolutionary device back then, and if Sega had put a DVD player in their Dreamcast, they probably would have ruled the world, and there would be no X-Box live.

US centric article is US Centric.
The SMS outsold the NES in Europe and most Markets outside the US/Japan.
It had a smaller "slim" style version released alongside the Megadrive 2.
It had releases up until the mid nineties, and was regarded as being a better , cheaper and more reliable machine the the NES.
Hardly a failure eh?

The SEGA Sammy takeover wasn't mentioned?

achilleas.k:

Vault Citizen:
wait, I thought that tye Playstation was a failed thing between Nintendo and Sony, where does SEGA fit in?

CrystalShadow:
Huh. So Sega Rejected Sony as well?

How did this work out exactly?

From a design perspective, the Playstation being a derivative of an SNES CD unit makes sense looking at the controller, but now Sega factors into it as well somehow?

Did Sony run into problems with Nintendo and then take it's plans to Sega or something? Weird.

WOPR:

I've no idea what you're talking about, the only Nintendo vs Sony thing I can think of is the Release of Final Fantasy 7

it started on the SNES, was moved to the 64 (made 3D), then when they saw the PlayStation they saw how much they could fit on DISKS (instead of cartridges)

...that's really the only "Nintendo vs Sony" I can think of for the age

and the reason the N64/GC didn't have normal CD's (or any CD's) like everyone else was because Nintendo was aiming at giving games low loading times, instead of fancy graphics

I had the exact same thought as VaultCitizen and CrystalShadow while reading. I distinctly remember a SNES CD being in the works back in the day. Then when the idea was scrapped the Playstation was born and everyone always wondered what would've happened if Sony just stuck with Nintendo.

Can someone clear that up?

Quoting Wikipedia:
"The console's origins date back to 1986 where it was originally a joint project between Nintendo and Sony to create a CD-ROM for the Super Famicom/SNES console." (reference: "Game Over", by David Scheff).

anything I've ever read about playstations origins indicate it was a Nintendo/Sony joint venture ...hell if you compare the Playstion 1 and SNES controllers you can see the shared heritage....

*Looks at own nickname* <_<

It feels weird (and shameful) I barely knew anything of SEGA's colourful history except having played some of their older games and bloody loving them.

I hope that SEGA will get better over time, otherwise I'll have to look for a new nickname without calling up a memory of lost glory.

TailstheHedgehog:
The SEGA Sammy takeover wasn't mentioned?

It was on the last page

Anyone else see Sony following the same trend as Sega against Nintendo?

Both focused on specs and technology instead of a great library of games and fun, and who exactly is Sonys frontman?

When I say Nintendo you think of Mario, Link, Zelda and Peach, Samus, Kirby and more.

When I say Sony what do you think? I first and foremost think "Walkman" and then think "Metal Gear and Grand Turismo." Metal Gear started with Nintendo and their is a 3DS version planned and GT hardly has a face to it.

I loved the PSX to death, it was an amazing machine with a great Library. The PS2 also was an amazing machine with a great library. The PS3 and PSP have struggled and seeing Sonys plans for the PSP2 (And hell, their handling of the PSP and PS3) really makes me question their direction.

I really would love to see Sony come out swinging strong come the next generation but I see them going the way of the Dreamcast. Great hardware but with all their support and library stripped away it loses all its umpf.

Sega is better off "dead" in my mind, however It would be nice of that "death" was a lesson to others rather than history repeated.

Void(null):
Anyone else see Sony following the same trend as Sega against Nintendo?

Both focused on specs and technology instead of a great library of games and fun, and who exactly is Sonys frontman?

When I say Nintendo you think of Mario, Link, Zelda and Peach, Samus, Kirby and more.

When I say Sony what do you think? I first and foremost think "Walkman" and then think "Metal Gear and Grand Turismo." Metal Gear started with Nintendo and their is a 3DS version planned and GT hardly has a face to it.

I loved the PSX to death, it was an amazing machine with a great Library. The PS2 also was an amazing machine with a great library. The PS3 and PSP have struggled and seeing Sonys plans for the PSP2 (And hell, their handling of the PSP and PS3) really makes me question their direction.

I really would love to see Sony come out swinging strong come the next generation but I see them going the way of the Dreamcast. Great hardware but with all their support and library stripped away it loses all its umpf.

Sega is better off "dead" in my mind, however It would be nice of that "death" was a lesson to others rather than history repeated.

How many people bother study history, especially when it's not their own. Sony is treading on some very thin ice here, but isn't in the exact same position as Sega was. When you were talking about Sega, you were talking about a company, when you talk about Sony, you're talking about a division.

Remember the PSX is Sony's best selling device ever, it replaced the Walkman a long time ago.

hold the phone... Sony went to Sega about the playstation after nintendo chickened out of their partnership? That's news to me, makes the advert where Sega said

"sorry plaything you're not worthy" even funnier

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-lCJr0yVo8

Oh god the game gear, 6 god damn batteries. I cant believe mine still works.

luas_dublin:
US centric article is US Centric.
The SMS outsold the NES in Europe and most Markets outside the US/Japan.
It had a smaller "slim" style version released alongside the Megadrive 2.
It had releases up until the mid nineties, and was regarded as being a better , cheaper and more reliable machine the the NES.
Hardly a failure eh?

The trouble is, the Japanese and North American markets were the "Big Two" for console gaming back then. The rest of the world was a distant third as far as console sales were concerned. So, yes the SMS was very successful in Europe and South America. But the markets in Japan and North America was where the money was.

Nurb:

Dammit Sega, being a fan of you is like being a fan of the Chicago Bears... You put on a good show, but completely choke when it counts.
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well said sir!

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