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Sunday, June 3, 2007

A gnome's Sega Master System

Till the day -less than a month ago- I bought meself a glorious Sega Master System II, I had never owned an 8-bit console in my life. You see, back during my days of creative adolescence when 8-bit consoles were popular (not so much in Europe, mind you) I didn't think they were that much interesting compared to home computers and PCs, and even though I did enjoy playing the odd NES or Atari 2600 game, I couldn't help but feel it was far too unsophisticated. Kiddy, even.

Then again, all those years later, it's the exact same simplistic games that make the Master System such an alluring machine. Two fire buttons (one of them doubling as a start button), a simple d-pad like thingy, no load times, no saves, no fancy manuals to read, no huge overcomplicated epics and some truly accessible pick-up-and-play games make it perfect for quick and refreshing gaming bursts. And it does feature it's own collection of retro classics too. Games like the very first Phantasy Star, Asterix, After Burner, Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone and the 8-bit version of Sonic.

So, uh, as mentioned above, I bought one, and I've already enjoyed quite a bit of Alex Kidd and the Italia 90 footy. And as the whole lot only cost me 25 euros (including a lovely 6-month guarantee), it was a) very reasonably priced b) highly recommendable.

Oh, and welcome to the SEGA Master Sytem Junkyard everyone. We got tons of content coming right (well, sort of) up.

13 comments:

The Elderly said...

hello ..... anyone home?... man this place is HUGE!.... And it's got...

(jumps onto foam filled expanse....)

Couchs.....

(grabs a controller.....) Where do i start?

fatherkrishna said...

A great welcome to the founder of the Master System Junkyard! May you bask in the glory of Sega's 8 Bit past...

gnome said...

Just plug it in and you're ready to go Mr. Elderly. Anyway... Huge and empty, aint it? Well, we'll change that hopefully... Still gotta love the scent of fresh paint...

Thank you oh co-founder! May your Sega CD come back to life!

The GagaMan(n) said...

All we need now is Mega Drive and Game Gear Junkyards and we'll have a full Sega set! I'll only be against these blog creations if they start going into non-sega systems...

gnome said...

Absolutely agree Gagaman, even though that means scrapping my dirty Jaguar Junkyard alliteration desires... Care to start the MegaDrive one? Should I add you here?

DEITRIX said...

Holy piss segas systems are never ending...!

gnome said...

Quite so, quite so.. and wait till we cover the Master System's daddy and the arcade machines...

Ryan said...

Nice blog. I've been collecting Master System games for a couple years now, but for the past several months, it's been on hold. But since I moved and unpacked all my things playing with those games have been a blast. I look forward to your updates.

gnome said...

Why, thank you so much... Great blog you started there SMS matey... Oh, and there's an update coming right up. BTW, care to exchange links?

ryan said...

gnome, thanks matey. I just started my blog, and I've got a lot of things that I'll be working on getting onto the site in the near future. I see we've already exchanged links, so I thank you for that as well. Good luck with everything.

gnome said...

Yep, apparently we did, before actually agreeing too, which is quite nice, really. Thanks! Good luck with the Library, it's already looking brilliant!

Caleb said...

"no saves"

Hey my Phantasy Star still saves...

gnome said...

Lovely, I was about to ask this... :)