So I’m glad we went after an older audience, developed the first rating system, helped form the Industry Association and the E3 show and passed Nintendo in share of market for a period of time which opened up the business to others.
We’re almost to the double digits tomorrow, NPCs!
Here for Day 9, though, is someone and something special. Kate of Esper Dreams was someone I met early on when I first joined Twitter when I was just barely feeling my way into the minefield of that social media platform. I was excited to meet writers outside of the WordPress community but of course I was nervous about it. Twitter’s not Reddit but I’d heard stories. My WP colleagues had almost entirely been the nicest neighbors a mage could want! Could I expect the same from other regions of the online world?
Turned out… I could!
Kate has been someone I’ve wanted to collab with for a long time now and it is a real treat for me to be able to proudly host even just a bit of her work here. She was one of the people I immediately gravitated toward on Twitter, recognizing her talent and personality. So here for your reading pleasure is Kate of Esper Dreams and her take on Sega’s colorful handheld, the Game Gear.
-The Well-Red Mage
I was asked to write about any system for the month of June and pick seven games that I enjoyed. I chose my favorite handheld, Sega’s Game Gear. My sister and I received this as a gift for Christmas when I was 12 or 13. My sister, after a while, stopped playing, but I became hooked quite quickly. My parents, especially my dad, weren’t happy with the six batteries it took to play the system, but I didn’t care. I would happily become a battery detective, hunting down the location my dad would hide them in the house.
Here are the seven games that were my favorite. My list is a little random as I didn’t have a lot of games for the system, but the ones I did have, I really enjoyed.
#7. Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe was my first game for the system. My dad bought it because of how many times I would spend “millions” of quarters playing Golden Axe at the arcade. This game was completely different than what I was used to with the original Golden Axe. It played more like Legend of Zelda II and it took me some time to get used to the style of the game and once I did it was fun trying to see how far I could go.
#6. Taz in Escape from Mars
Taz in Escape from Mars was originally my sister’s game that I “borrowed”. It became a staple on the weekends to play this game after Saturday morning cartoons. I really enjoyed the cartoon feel of the game and how much fun it was to be Taz destroying everything in sight and driving Marvin the Martian to regret his decision to put Taz in his zoo.
Columns was a game I enjoyed because of Tetris for the Gameboy. I really had fun with my dad playing this game. It was one we both enjoyed taking turns playing and trying to beat each other’s high scores. My dad was a genius when it came to figuring out where to put the colored pieces to get the most points and I was just all over the place, like I still am with most puzzle games. I never could beat my dad’s score though and I still wish he taught me his secrets on playing the game.
#4. Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat II was a game I wasn’t allowed to have because my mom thought it might be too violent, but that didn’t stop my dad from buying it for me. I think a good portion of the novelty was that I wasn’t supposed to have it, but I honestly had fun trying with to beat the game with Johnny Cage and failing at doing the fatalites.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a game that I enjoyed much more than the first Sonic for Genesis. I enjoyed how the game was the same but offered different mechanics like flying which I enjoyed. I would always take this game on day trips just play until we got to our destination. I really enjoyed the addition of Tails and he became my favorite character even now.
#2. Fatal Fury Special
Fatal Fury Special was my first experience into the series. I knew of the characters, the moves, and backstory from reading various gaming magazines. It was always one I wanted to play but could never find it at the arcades or even to rent. I was very happy to find it at KB toy store and took to it happily. I really remember just jumping into this game by playing as Mai and trying to master her moves. It was so much fun playing this game that I became a huge SNK fan and huge into this series.
#1. Shining Force: the Sword of Hajya
Shining Force: the Sword of Hajya is very dear to my heart as it was the first Shining Force game I owned and the first one I beat. I would not stop playing this game as everything from the character sprites, to the music, to the story and everything grabbed me from the get-go. I took to the task of saving the world by leveling up all the characters and searching everything for hidden characters which I only found one. This game made me more of a fan of Shining Force and one that I have fond memories of.