I found out a bit ago that today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest gaming consoles ever released, the SEGA Genesis.
I got mine when I was in 3rd grade.Â My dad was stationed in Turkey for the year and had bought one to practice for aÂ Street Fighter IIâ€™ tournament, and afterwards sent it home to us with copies ofÂ Sonic The Hedgehog,Â Streets of Rage 2 andÂ Pebble Beach Golf Links.Â The Genesis was already well into itâ€™s lifespan by this point, and I wasnâ€™t able to really start buying games for it until it was almost defunct as a console, but I played the hell out of this thing.Â Â Mortal Kombat II,Â The Incredible Hulk,Spider-Man/X-Men, thereâ€™s just so many great games for this console, and so many of them donâ€™t get the praise they deserve.
The most notable was a story I was telling Derek last night, after Iâ€™d finally tried outÂ Sonic The Hedgehogâ€™s 360 iteration (which is playable but only barely so), was when my cousinâ€™s then-fiance/now-husband let me borrow his copy ofÂ Sonic The Hedgehog 2.Â It was summer break before I went into fourth grade, if I remember correctly, and I spent about two weeks in front of the Genesis, barely moving.Â AndÂ almost beat the damn thing before my mom finally made me give it back to him.
The old Genesis has found itâ€™s way into my possession, very much to my sisterâ€™s disdain.Â Itâ€™s not hooked up at the moment, because thereâ€™s just too many other things hooked into my TV, but Iâ€™ll probably be hooking it back up tonight now that itâ€™s on my mind.
So, what about you guys?Â What was your first experience with the Sega Genesis, if you had one.Â And if you didnâ€™t, why the hell not?Â Forums are wide open, and this is your oppurtunity to share your story and get to know your fellow HomeWorld readers, but Iâ€™m really interested in hearing some awesome stories about classic, vintage gaming.