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About Us

Sega-16 was founded in June 2003 to cover the Sega Genesis and its two add-ons. At the time, it was felt that there was a need for more comprehensive coverage of Sega’s history. After all these years, that need is as powerful as ever. Though the Internet has grown and more people have access to it than ever, there is still a surprisingly small amount of coverage dedicated to Sega’s history. We intend to fill that gap.

We aren’t a news site or a media outlet. Think of Sega-16 as more of a historical research center that specializes in covering what happened behind the scenes. Through interviews and articles, we hope to contribute to the discussion on video game history. Through our comprehensive reviews, we also hope to educate newcomers to Sega about what’s out there. Sega-16 has no dedicated staff, save for its tireless founder, but accepts submissions from Sega fans worldwide. The site is a collaborative efforts, and thus far almost 200 contributors have shared their expressions, research, arguments, and experiences with our favorite company and its games.

Over the years, and as coverage grew, we decided to add Sega’s 8-bit machines as well. Eventually, the site will cover all of the company’s hardware, including arcade games. Our ultimate goal is to be the largest repository of information on Sega history available.

Founder/EIC: Ken “Melf” Horowitz [sega16dotcom@gmail.com]

Dr. Kenneth Horowitz is an English professor who teaches research and writing. He has been writing about video games for well over a decade and is the author of Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games by McFarland & Co, which chronicles Sega of America’s game development history. His work has also been featured in numerous video game publications like GamesTM and Hardcore Gamer Magazine and several enthusiast websites (GotNext, The Next Level). Ken has also published academic articles about using video games as a means to teach English as a second language in professional publications that include Language Magazine and the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Journal. His next book, From Altered Beast to Zaxxon: A Celebration of Sega’s Arcade History, will be published in 2018 by McFarland.

As the founder of Sega-16, much of Ken’s free time is spent working on reviews and articles for public consumption. His love of games isn’t confined only to Sega’s 16-bit consoles, and he enjoys an extensive collection of NES and Saturn games. It is most likely, however, that this has more to do with his being a pack rat than a fondness for any particular console.