Two years ago, I was in the Pacific Northwest, researching SG-1000 games and wondering what would come of this overwhelming Sega project. Today, I’m in Austin, Texas, playing Mega Drive/Genesis games and still wondering what’s going to come of this overwhelming Sega project. Sega Does is, in many ways, a beautiful nightmare that has consumed more than a reasonable amount of my waking hours. The blog is a lot like a child, in that sense. Since Sega Does just turned two a few days ago – the terrible twos, someone please save me – this is a more than appropriate analogy.
At least he’s kinda cute, I guess.
Sega Does started a mere month and a half after I completed my quest to review every NES game over on questicle.net. In retrospect, taking on such a massive project so quickly after I finished a lesser, but still large project wasn’t the wisest idea, but I was hungry to jump into Sega. “The Quest to Review Every NES Game” was more of a freewheeling, humorous romp through the North American NES library, but I’ve tried to aim for a more measured and consistent approach with Sega Does reviews. This means chronological reviews instead of alphabetical, more in-depth reviews versus a brief paragraph or two, and historical information when appropriate. I haven’t always succeeded with my intentions, but for a one-man operation (save for the podcast), I think I’ve done alright.
Sega, Nintendo, please don’t fight. I have room in my heart for two! (cheers to nzgamer.com for the image)
If I’m honest, I can’t even count the number of times I’ve wanted to give up on Sega Does. Not because I don’t enjoy playing and reviewing Sega games, but because the task at hand – to review every game ever released for a Sega console – doesn’t always seem like the best use of my time. I’m young-ish, in relatively good health, and still at a point where I can live on very little money. Surely I should be pursuing some other avenue of writing that might possibly provide a living?
Perhaps one day, my writing will enable me to lounge around in some sassy Egyptian garb like Dr. Robotnik here.
I find myself consistently drawn back to Sega Does, though. I enjoy playing and exploring these old games, many of which I’ve never heard of until the day I play them. The community is warm, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about Sega, and the SegaDoes podcast is a continuous joy to produce with Sam. I’m grateful to the blog, to Sam, and to the readers whose thoughts have lifted me up on the worst of days. I would still probably do this without you all, but it would be a lot less satisfying.
Thank you, Sega friends.
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
- Videos, for serious. I have some large Questicle-related issues to fix, then I’m pursuing gameplay videos with an intense ferocity.
- Finishing the rest of the Sega game lists. Even though the site’s been up for two years, I have yet to finish filling in the game lists for the Saturn and the Dreamcast. Shame on me.
- Any thoughts? I’d be curious to hear what readers, both new and long-time, would like to see from Sega Does. I’m basically a one-man show, so I can’t promise you the Sega world, but I will consider any suggestions.
And now, a birthday gift from Sega Does: the next Side Quest episode, filled with music from various games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Listen and download here.
Thanks for all your support and for continuing to read my ramblings on old Sega games. You’re the best. Around. And not even an image of Dr. Robotnik in a thong can get you down.