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  1. Here's a fun piece of relevant history. I...

    Here's a fun piece of relevant history. I stumbled across this fanzine archive and found an article from 1994 about the 32X before its release:



    This is a great perspective from the average...
  2. Those Star Wars games were also on PC - I think...

    Those Star Wars games were also on PC - I think Episode 1 Racer was originally a PC release that was ported to the N64. But that reminded me there was also Shadows of the Empire, which was an N64...
  3. This is an extreme understatement. I'm struggling...

    This is an extreme understatement. I'm struggling to even come up with other N64-exclusive Western-developed non-all-ages titles that made a splash. Turok? What else? No sane publisher wanted to go...
  4. What does any of this matter? Why are you so...

    What does any of this matter? Why are you so fixated on the number of sales of Doom, a completely irrelevant number?

    Since you don't seem to know much about the PC market then, allow me to fill...
  5. I think it's safe to say you don't know anything...

    I think it's safe to say you don't know anything about the PC market of the time if you're doubting Doom's success.
  6. I don't want to claim anything about the numerous...

    I don't want to claim anything about the numerous PC ports on the PS1. I meant to speak in far more general, big-picture terms. I want to identify trends in the market.

    I was addressing the fact...
  7. The point wasn't about the PS1's PC ports (of...

    The point wasn't about the PS1's PC ports (of which there were far more than the Saturn).

    The point was that arcade games alone did not have the pull in the American market in 1995 to dominate.
    ...
  8. XCOM, Warcraft II, Dark Forces, Doom, Duke Nukem...

    XCOM, Warcraft II, Dark Forces, Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Sim City 2000, Command & Conquer, Descent, MDK, GTA, Wing Commander III, bunch of racing games, on and on. Too many to remember.
  9. You're not understanding the situation - probably...

    You're not understanding the situation - probably for a few reasons. First, I assume you aren't really aware of the PC gaming explosion that began around 1994 in the US. I don't know how much this...
  10. Read the thread?

    Read the thread?
  11. This should really be emphasized. I remember...

    This should really be emphasized. I remember clearly beginning in 1993 and 1994 how big PC gaming was becoming in the US. Even though a lot of households still didn't have PCs, everyone was drooling...
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    You're overthinking it. Magazines were notorious...

    You're overthinking it. Magazines were notorious for making up all kinds of shit. I mean, Star Wars Arcade came out in arcades in 1993... there's no conceivable way they had a legitimate lead that...
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    In the long list of entries in "Gaming magazines...

    In the long list of entries in "Gaming magazines just completely making shit up":

    https://mdshock.com/wp-content/uploads/GamePlayers-710.jpg

    GamePlayers vol. 7 #10, Oct. 1994.

    I'm pretty...
  14. Here is the promised article translation. ...

    Here is the promised article translation.

    TLDR: The North American / European 16-bit market peaked in 1993. By 1995, the situation was dire for all software companies, including Nintendo and Sega....
  15. Nintendo was definitely not OK in North America...

    Nintendo was definitely not OK in North America in 1995. In September 1995 they took an extraordinary loss of around $100 million (!!!) writing down the value of Nintendo of America. Of course they...
  16. I'm actually translating an article now regarding...

    I'm actually translating an article now regarding the 16-bit market in the US in 1995. Spoiler: it was dead.

    Apparently console sales don't reflect what was going on with software sales. It turns...
  17. I want to emphasize that manufacturing costs are...

    I want to emphasize that manufacturing costs are much more complicated than the hardware cost itself. Efficiency optimization is huge.

    You can think of it in three stages:

    -Stage 1: Get the...
  18. There were certainly factions within Sega (as is...

    There were certainly factions within Sega (as is true in any company), and I think Nakayama was always trying to resist interference from chairman Isao Okawa. Apparently, early on Okawa tried to take...
  19. I don't really agree with this take at all. I...

    I don't really agree with this take at all. I think there's too much bias here to see some "USA vs Japan" fight that never existed at the time.

    Just about all of the people involved with the 32X...
  20. Some new 32X info that hasn't been posted yet in...

    Some new 32X info that hasn't been posted yet in this thread. I was looking more into Al Nilsen's interviews and he goes into a bit more detail about comments he made that I previously posted.
    ...
  21. Interesting - so Kent didn't make the silly rumor...

    Interesting - so Kent didn't make the silly rumor up after all.

    And yes, there was a special relationship between Hitachi and Sega. Sega got priority access to a chip manufacturer that could cater...
  22. Just in case the author of that reads Sega-16,...

    Just in case the author of that reads Sega-16, here are a few comments to improve the article:

    -Small point, but worth getting right: Bernie Stolar was not the head of Sega of America after...
  23. There's no doubt the Saturn was rushed to market...

    There's no doubt the Saturn was rushed to market in North America.

    Here is a breakdown of all of the release date revisions that the Saturn went through in North America (based on what I've read...
  24. The problem here is that, for many years, the...

    The problem here is that, for many years, the internet has been filled with outrageous, comically-wrong fan-fiction level historical fantasies about Sega history. The "Giga Drive" is a joke of a...
  25. Michael Jackson Visits Sega in Japan, December 1996 (New Photos!)

    Here's a new series of photos I was able to acquire recently. Enjoy the awesomeness of Michael Jackson, accompanied by a group of kids dressed like himself, getting the royal treatment at Sega.
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