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    Genesis Summer Challenge

    The Olympics come but once every four years, but you can compete whenever you want with Accolade's Summer Challenge. It's not be the best game to represent the timeless competition, but it's not a bad one, either. There's a decent selection of events and some impressive 3D visuals, if you can get past the controls and framerate. Read our full review for more details.

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    I enjoyed this game back in the day. Yeah, the 3D was choppy when compared to the PC version, but it wasn't a bad game. 6 out of 10 seems about right.

    That paragraph about the Olympics is a bit of a head scratcher though. This line in particular:

    Alternately, I wonder if anyone would have really cared if there was an “Olympics” game, without an official license? Would Sega have been sued?
    Yes, Accolade would have needed a license to use the Olympics name, and they wouldn't have been able to get one; AFAIK the license was held by US Gold at the time, as they published the Barcelona, Lillehammer, and Atlanta Olympics video games. The IOC is the same organisation that's tried to demand that countries make roads available exclusively for IOC members, demanded law changes to allow sponsorship that would ordinarily have been illegal in host nations, and has banned spectators from wearing clothing with logos of non-sponsoring companies. Somehow I don't think their lawyers would have sat idly by if someone tried to use their name or iconography without a license.

    Curiously, there have been games that used the name without a license, though several of them later changed the name. Most came out before sports licensing was much of a thing though.
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    ^Thanks for the info; I didn't know that much about the IOC; I just knew that they were the organization that would license out "Olympics" products.

    Also where I was coming from, is that I've always seen the Olympics trying to become more popular than they are... Maybe it's an American thing, lol. The Super Bowl is practically the biggest party event of the year, but no one gets excited about the Olympics.

    So it always seemed like the Olympics games were always pushing to become more popular. That's why I said that I'd expect the IOC to actually want more Olympics games, not less games, because I'd assume they want as much publicity as possible for the Olympics.

    But your info sounds like the organization is more difficult than they should be, lol.

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    Yeah, the IOC has a bit of a reputation for being difficult. I can see where you're coming from, and ideally it should all be about sport. Sadly it's not. This might be having an effect on potential hosts now though, especially for the Winter Olympics. From the Beijing 2022 Wikipedia page:

    Several cities withdrew their applications during the bidding process, citing the high costs or the lack of local support for hosting the Games. Oslo, which had been considered the clear frontrunner, withdrew after the Norwegian parliament rejected the application for funding of the games. Public reception to the application for funding had been highly negative due to cost concerns after the cost overruns of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and especially revelations about a series of hospitality-related demands that had been reportedly made by the IOC. The demands notably included "diva-like demands for luxury treatment" for the IOC members themselves, such as special lanes on all roads only to be used by IOC members and a cocktail reception at the Royal Palace with drinks paid for by the royal family. Several commentators pointed out that such demands were unheard of in a western democracy; Slate described the IOC as a "notoriously ridiculous organization run by grifters and hereditary aristocrats."

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