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Desc:Doesn't get more 90's than an ad for Sega's shame.
Category:Video Games, Advertisements
Tags:90s, Sega, 32x
Submitted:sosage
Date:03/09/10
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Comment count is 25
Candlejackv616
This is so 90s I need an Ecto-Cooler and some Slim Jims to wash that down.
twinkieafternoon
I prefer Surge to go with my Lunchables.

Old_Zircon
Slim Jims are alive and well.

Candlejackv616
True, but the ads for them nowadays suck and are quite forgettable, whereas I still recall many of the great macho man ones.

Urburos
The most fucking useless addon ever.
Binro the Heretic
I had actually gotten a lot of mileage out of my old Genesis. I was able to pick up a SegaCD, a 32X and a shitload of games at flea markets & yard sales.

I think I may still have them in a box somewhere, though I am not strongly compelled to go digging for them.
Caminante Nocturno
People got angry at 0:12.
kwash
Only cause that stupid kid put his junk in one.

oogaBooga
The saturn is infinitely superior as a failure than the 32x.
Riskbreaker
The saturn was doing pretty good in Japan, Sega decided to kill the console from day one in america. Also, the saturn actually had some good games, same with the Sega cd. The 32x had nothing good, it was a useless piece of crap that had no reason to exist at all. Sega hates making money.

poorwill
While I wouldn't call Kolibri a good game, it was kinda sorta interesting - worth emulating anyway.

yoyo1
Technically the 32X was a very good piece of hardware. It's just that it didn't have good games or games that exploited its capabilities at all.

sosage
Nice potential. Nice idea. Timing was all fucked up. The 32X was DOA on day one. It's really a symbol of how utterly fucked up the communication was...and still is...between SOA and SOJ (and how interested they are in working together).

The lethal element here was: The Saturn launched in Japan at the same time as the US 32X launch (the real joke is that the Japanese 32X launched AFTER the Japanese Saturn by a full month!). A bunch of intended 32X third party games wound up as early Saturn titles. The thing was abandoned by everyone, except whoever at SOA pushed this thing through, the moment it hit the shelves.

The Saturn may have been the dog of the PS1/N64/Saturn era, but it was no 32X. Nothing, so far, has failed as spectacularly as the 32X. Even the Virtual Boy.

P.S. I was one of the poor suckers that owned one. I'm off to shave my beard now.

pastorofmuppets
Sega's idea of a good piece of hardware is cramming as many chips as possible into the thing and expecting programmers to use them all in parallel. It's become a decent gambit now that the tools have gotten better and we're back on the latter end of the "more clock / more cores" cycle, but back then it was retarded.

balistic
Actually, Sega learned from their mistakes with Saturn and made the Dreamcast ridiculously simple and easy to develop for.

The PS2 was a nightmare, at least early on, because it was the same kind of technological frankenstein as the Saturn.

Candlejackv616
Its good to see others giving the Saturn props, black sheep or not it did have a couple of decent titles for the run it had here in America.

I agree with others in that not only do SoA and SoJ not know how to collaborate, as one other poster implied they don't even seem to care to. In itself it shows a profound ignorance on both parties and really makes you wonder why did they bother at all with developing systems?

As for the 32x? Even as a kid growing up, I knew how full of shit these ads were and sensed how terrible this add-on could and would be.

Riskbreaker
Don't forget how many near-perfect arcade ports the saturn got.....in Japan that is. Thanks to Bernie Stolar and the whole "no rpg/2d games" policy america never saw games like Dungeons and Dragons collection over here, not to mention all the fighters, the 2d shooters and rpgs. Sega eventually wised up with the dreamcast, but the damage was already done. Japan was pissed that they killed the saturn so early, and nobody in america trusted sega anymore.

pastorofmuppets
You're right, the Dreamcast was everything it needed to be. And more. It was a good enough console that it kept Sega in the hardware business after a decade of mistakes.

pastorofmuppets
It wasn't just a lack of collaboration with SoJ and SoA, they would compete and try to steal talent from each other. Also: I liked Saturn, the timing was just weird. For instance, Nights was really impressive, but Mario 64 came out the same summer.

pastorofmuppets
in retrospect "a decades of mistakes" is a little harsh. but they did screw up hard in the first half of the 90s.

pastorofmuppets
Game over, yeah!
Redlof
Is that the same guy from the Sega CD ad?
boner
Sega has been a constant fuck-up for 20 years and they remain in business.
ShiftlessRastus
I had this chunk of shit. It's only useful if you're cracking coconuts.
glendower
It's almost like the footage here came from a music video for Bush.
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