An Important Update

 

The last year or so has been rough for Sega Does.

In July 2017, I decided I couldn’t morally use ROMs anymore. Since the site was founded on the understanding that I would be using ROMs for the majority of my journey, I’ve had a hard time moving forward since that decision. Without ROMs, how else could I hope to play/review all these games without going bankrupt several times over?

In October 2017, I realized that I could play Master System, Genesis and Game Gear games via streaming at archive.org and other streaming sites. Because copyright laws are generally old and outdated, no restrictions exist against streaming older games to one’s browser. Even if they did, archive.org in particular has a DMCA exception to host older software. My conscience was clear… until I actually started streaming games and realized that the technology has a long way to go. Glitches abound, my controller doesn’t always work, and slowdown is rampant. I’m glad the streaming option exists, but it’s just not that enjoyable to play the games.

In January 2018, I wrote a comeback article proclaiming that I was fully committed to seeing this project through. I meant it then, believe it or not, but now, I’m not so sure. I’m not taking Sega Does down and I’m not saying I won’t ever review Sega games again, but for the time being, the project is on an indefinite hiatus.

My unwavering stance on ROMs is part of the issue. The technical difficulties in streaming games is another part. And the overwhelming amount of time and money needed to make this project work is certainly another. But, if I’m honest, personal issues in my life over the last year have really shifted my priorities and my direction. I’ve changed a lot, and I’m still trying to work through/understand these changes.

I’ve hesitated writing this update for so long because, frankly, I still have a desire to write/talk about video games. That said, I think it’s time for me to figure out what writing about video games looks like for the person I am today, rather than the person I was when I started this project in 2014. When I figure it out, you all will be the first to know.

Thanks for all your views, love, and support.

Best,

DC

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17 thoughts on “An Important Update

  1. Hey fella,

    You need to do what’s best for you. Patreon supporters aside, you need to put your ‘life’ priorities first, and let everything fall where they may. I completely understand the need and desire to talk/write about video games and other hobbies…but sometimes the pressure we put on ourselves to ‘do’ outweighs the desire to actually see it through. Now, that may not be even close to the changes and personal stuff that have shifted your mindset…but I know it happens to a lot of people.

    Thing is…this will always be here. The ability to talk, converse or write about games. Whether or not you ever come back to it, it’s always an option. Heck, especially considering the content. These old games aren’t going anywhere. 🙂

    Take care of ‘you’ first. Let everything else take care of itself.

    All the best, friend.

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  2. Thanks for the update. As stated in previous posts I understand and respect your decision, and I hope all goes well for you.

    Just to confirm, though: is the Questicle digital book still on the cards, or is that also on hiatus?

    Thanks and all the best!

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  3. Hi! Only recently started following your site and am looking forward to catching up on what I missed. I understand your feelings completely; while I’ve used ROMs in the past, it never feels quite “right” to play something via emulation and I always prefer to use original hardware and cartridges where possible.

    Sometimes a break is what you need to redirect your thoughts and decide what you want to do. You may well come up with a great idea to take your site in a new direction after a bit of time off, and I’m sure everyone will be waiting to welcome you back if and when you do.

    As Wally says above, take care of yourself first, and those old games will still be waiting for you when you want to return to them! Good luck 🙂

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  4. Well wishes from me too. There is a lot of good content here that you have poured years into making. I enjoy reading your thoughts even when I do not agree. I am just glad there are still pockets of the internet that remember Sega at all as a world-class console maker. I understand about burnout, creating a website is a huge personal drain that I too experienced. If/when you come back, I recommend a new style like Sega-16 or Video Game critic that ties into the work you have written that is easily navigable. Keep also in mind, that the documenting of any platform takes years and your reviews go into a lot of depth so some self-congratulations are also in order. Self-reflection is also healthy; as a collector of the Genesis I recently sat down with a few USA release lists and filtered out the wants to the don’t-wants and only came up with ten titles. After those, that’s it for my collecting and more time for playing and enjoying the physicality of the games boxes manuals posters and nostalgia. Things begin and things end.

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    • Thanks ifkz. “Things begin and things end.” Absolutely. Sometimes things have to die so new life can emerge.

      At the same time, I agree with the idea of a new style. Trying to write reviews like I used to in the early days of the site just wasn’t working.

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  5. I totally get it, and support your decision to let this project languish until you can do it how you want and how fits your moral compass. I have no problems emulating for my Game Boy project, but I say that knowing that all the games I’m reviewing are games I own legally in cartridge format, since I’m on a mission to collect the entire licensed US library. Some of those will be expensive, to be sure, but I’m well over halfway to the journey’s end, at least in terms of physical games. Thankfully, I have the budget to be able to afford to do that over time, and I’m not reviewing multiple games a week – I’m doing them at my own slow pace, and not putting myself on an arbitrary schedule. I would say review what you can when you can get a hold of games, not worry about the chronological order, and just tweet out when you do a new review so those of us who follow this project know about it. Just my $.02 on the matter 🙂

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  6. Bro WHAT?
    you can’t use ROMs but you can stream the same games???
    Are you aware that you’re streaming a ROM?????????
    ARE YOU FUCKING HIGH DYLAN?
    SOMEONE HAS THREATENED YOU THIS IS ILLOGICAL I CALL FUCKING BULLSHIT THERE’S SOMETHING ELSE AT PLAY YOU CLEARLY AREN’T FACING A MORAL DILEMMA YOU ARE *MAYBE* FACING A LEGAL DILEMMA.
    sorry for the caps lock I hope everything works out for you

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  7. Fuck I’m pissed about this man why if this was a moral dilemma why don’t you just send the developers some money anonymously every time you play another game of theirs it’s not like playing physical games means you bought it from the store new so SEGA gets it’s scratch. The only thing I can think of as something a person could consider morally corrupt and that is that the reviews are inherently going to all be not 100% accurate as you are emulating and it’s a journalistic moral dilemma with that authenticity. And if THAT’S the case I’d say simply addressing that reality outright absolves you of any misdeed

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