By Thomas Holbrook II:
I remember growing up with the NES. It was the predominant gaming console of the late 1980’s. That’s why it could be found in Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Though I didn’t own one, I’ve also played the Sega Genesis and found it to be fascinating. This 16-bit console hit North America before the SNES, making it among the first of the 16-bit systems.
Sonic, Mortal Kombat, and other games that had more of adult elements (in some cases, via cheat codes) were possible under the Genesis. However, friendly games like Ecco the Dolphin were also available for enjoyment.
Sporting a Motorola 68000 CPU, this console ran off the same architecture as old school Apple computers. Though it never really took off, the company eventually released add-ons to increase the capabilities of the Genesis.
Though they never quite made it in the console market, Sega can still be found today publishing popular games for numerous platforms. Thank you Sega for re-igniting my passion for vintage gaming.