- Sophie's Choice circa 1993
When I was growing up there were three types of people: Nintendo fans, Sega fans and that one kid who owned a TurboGrafx-16 and spent every recess writing Air Zonk fan fiction.
Never was this cultural schism more intense than during the 16-bit era. The two big competitors for the average person's gaming dollar were the Sega Genesis (aka Mega Drive) and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (aka SNES). While it's almost de riguer to own multiple gaming consoles these days, back in the early 90s the only people who owned both a Genesis and an SNES were crooked politicians and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Result: We all had to pick a side in the inevitable civil war.
Personally, I was Sega kid. My first console was an 8-bit NES — who didn't own an NES? — but once I started buying my own gaming hardware, I jumped ship and went Sega all the way.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Gunstar Heroes, Phantasy Star IV, Shining Force 2, I even had a subscription to the Sega Channel for a few years. Sure, my allegiance to Sega caused me to miss out on a few SNES classics when they were first issued, but I also got to play a ton of radass games that most people have never heard of. Pulseman, anyone?
But we're getting off track here. The goal of this post is to find out which side of the fence your allegiances fall on.