My Sega Genesis running Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
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threaded - newest on 11 Jan 2024 18:47 next collapse

Classic. on 11 Jan 2024 19:19 next collapse

I can hear the music on 11 Jan 2024 21:10 collapse

S E G AAAAAAA on 11 Jan 2024 19:24 next collapse

Your sega will probably just keep doin this forever. I don’t think systems of this generation will ever not work (as long are you aren’t a neanderthal… But even then, maybe it will) on 11 Jan 2024 23:00 next collapse

I bought a mega drive a couple of years ago and it definitely takes a few attempts to load some of the games! on 12 Jan 2024 01:01 collapse

Clean or replace your pin slot in the console and clean the contacts on your game. That should fix that. on 13 Jan 2024 00:57 collapse

What’s the best way to clean them? I assume something more than the old blow-into-the-cartridge trick? on 13 Jan 2024 01:07 collapse

Good ole rubbing alcohol and a q-tip! That’s all you need.

Edit: I don’t know if you have “q-tips” - it’s a cotton swab or cotton stick, would be the generic name. The things you aren’t supposed to stick in your ear but that’s what everyone does anyway. on 17 Jan 2024 08:50 collapse

I was going to ask if a qtip is just a cotton bud! Also is rubbing alcohol the same as an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, or do I need some specific alcohol-based cleaner? on 17 Jan 2024 12:30 collapse

Don’t use hand sanitizer, at least not the gel type, it will leave a residue. You just need like 91% isopropyl alcohol - stuff you would use to clean a wound.

Edit - I looked it up, it’s called surgical spirit in the UK. on 21 Jan 2024 23:45 collapse

I’ve not got any to hand but the cotton bud did help! on 22 Jan 2024 00:40 collapse

Hell yeah. Yeah - 25 years of crud builds up. Those contacts just need a lil cleaning and you are good to go usually. Also if you feel so inclined - swapping out the pin slot in the system itself is very easy and cheap. There’s no soldering on the NES, not sure about the Sega… But honestly if just cleaning the pins on the game did the trick, I wouldn’t fuss with it.

Have fun! on 12 Jan 2024 02:46 collapse

Thirty years ago my grandmother was carrying my 1987 nes down some stairs and her sock caught on a nail. She fell down the stairs, broke her hip, two fingers, a toe, shattered her left arm in 9 places around the elbow, suffered a concussion, and was in icu for two weeks, plus a trip later 500 miles north to the Mayo Clinic to get an extensive nuts bolts and plates surgery to save her arm from being amputated.

The NES survived unbroken and still works to this day. Tecmo Super Bowl is still the best football game. on 12 Jan 2024 03:58 collapse

That’s a fuckin story right there. Both your grandma and the nes are survivors. on 12 Jan 2024 09:20 collapse

Yes indeed. Grandma isn’t doing the best anymore, unfortunately, but she’s 92 now and still going. on 11 Jan 2024 19:29 next collapse

Wait, is that stretched to 16:9? I may have to rescind my upvote.

But also... cool. on 11 Jan 2024 19:33 next collapse

I saw that too and started dry heaving on 12 Jan 2024 05:22 collapse

I found an old TV on Craigslist for $10 for my Genesis.

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Man, that's a museum piece at this point. It's what, mid-80s? If it looks bright, stable and clean without any maintenance that's... increasingly rare. on 12 Jan 2024 09:33 collapse

Damn, here I am sitting in front of a gaming PC with 4k monitors and I am legitimately jealous of your setup right now. Emulated 8 bit and 16 bit games look like crap on modern screens thanks to the upscaling and what not. TIL I need to check the Craigslist more often. on 12 Jan 2024 21:03 collapse

Or get an upscaler for retro consoles.

Not those cheap HDMI adapters, but like a retrotink or a GBS-Control. They can still look good on LCD. on 11 Jan 2024 19:40 next collapse

I always wanted a Genesis as a kid, but then when I made a friend who had one, I ended up not really liking most of the games iconic to the platform. I really only remember 2 games fondly:

Ecco the Dolphin and Eternal Champions. And yeah, I played Sonic and Mortal Kombat and a lot of other hits. on 11 Jan 2024 20:53 next collapse

I never heard of anyone having fond memories of ecco the dolphin. on 11 Jan 2024 20:57 next collapse

It was so different. Especially once the aliens get involved. on 11 Jan 2024 22:46 next collapse

Same lol on 12 Jan 2024 02:48 next collapse

Really? That game was awesome and looked fantastic for its time. It was kinda hard, but not like The Lion King hard. on 12 Jan 2024 04:17 next collapse

My wife does.

But she also loves dolphins so could be a bias on 12 Jan 2024 08:56 collapse

I have fond memories of it too. Granted, those memories involved being utterly confused as to how to proceed, but also being utterly astonished by the graphics. I distinctly remember it being basically photorealistic to my 9 year old self— going back to play it with an emulator was a bit of a shock (and letdown) compared to my memories of it.

I did beat it as an adult. As a kid I may lot have been able to get anywhere, but it was magical all the same. on 12 Jan 2024 02:52 collapse

Sonic 2 was my first game ever. It blew my 6 yr old brain… on 11 Jan 2024 21:34 next collapse

You had a flatscreen HDTV in 1991? Damn, found the time traveler! 😉 on 11 Jan 2024 22:03 next collapse

Wish my genesis still functioned. It needs repair. I just get a black screen when it’s on. on 12 Jan 2024 00:17 collapse

Have you tried opening your system and inspecting the components of it? on 11 Jan 2024 22:18 next collapse

Nice! That’s an older system. Fun times. on 11 Jan 2024 23:16 collapse

It’s an older system sir, but it checks out on 11 Jan 2024 22:40 next collapse

Still got my Mega Drive too. It’s sat in the loft though. on 12 Jan 2024 02:58 next collapse

Now you just need a model one Sega genesis SCART cable with inline audio to plug into the headphone jack and an OSSC to perfectly multiply the scan lines up to HD resolutions! Oh and also to set your HDTV into its gaming mode to reduce input lag. on 12 Jan 2024 05:37 next collapse

I have the same setup, genesis brothers unite! on 12 Jan 2024 15:08 next collapse

I can hear this picture on 12 Jan 2024 15:28 collapse

🎶 segaaaaa green hill zone music intensifies 🎶 on 13 Jan 2024 00:18 collapse

The soundchip on that thing was awesome <3 on 12 Jan 2024 15:29 collapse

this reminds me of when i was staying at my uncles house and it was the first time i got to use a game gear :)