I like these stories. Thanks for sharingSega Saturn.
I intended on buying it with paper route money and was blindsided by the early launch. By the time I got the cash the PlayStation launch weekend was upon me. We went to Novi, Michigan for the weekend and I intended to buy it there... but saw Ridge Racer, Destruction Derby and Toshinden demos....
My father stopped me and bought me the "Playstation launch guide" magazine which I still have. He said if I still wanted Saturn in a week I could go for it. For me Ridge Racer looked so incredible I couldn't resist. The rest is history.
I don't regret getting the Playstation... but always wondered what playing a lot of those Saturn games would have been like.
I did buy a Dreamcast on launch day!
I had a PSX, and I can confirm that you were very wise to stay far away from it. First of all, they eat HDDs, and since the operating firmware is also stored on the drive they become a paperweight when that happens. The optical drive is also a nightmare of complexity because it has two separate pickups - one of which is a DVD-R pickup used by the DVR side and the other being a standard PS2 pickup used by the PS2 subsystem. I had the HDD in mine fail twice - and because it was a Japan only product it was impossible to get it serviced in Hong Kong, so I had to take it back to Tokyo both times. After that, the DVD pickup failed - which also completely disables the system because when you put a disc in it checks the disc type using the DVD pickup and only hands it off to the PS2 part of the system if it's identified as being a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, which obviously doesn't happen if the machine can't identify it at all.
well for the laser part, at least I think you can softmod it nowadays which switches the laser for games to the DVD-R laser.
but damn, that thing sounds like a real hassle lol
Same. Always loved the way it looked. Like a mega drive on steroids. But the software was lacking for my particular tastes. Every so often i revist the idea of buying one off ebay but talk myself out of it. Especially now with modern tv solutions etc.Actually got to play one of those for several hours. After using the quest, the tech was NEVER there for that to be VR.
I never got to play the Saturn, always wondered how it would be.
the Panasonic Q was love at first sight... but always unreachable.
Sega Saturn. I still want one. Something about the system looks really cool.
Fun thread OP.
* New Geo - I so wanted one but no way my parents could afford one. And when I read up on how much the games cost I never even brought it up. It was just a dream.
* 3DO - kind of the same story here. I didn’t make my own money and I could never ask my parents for the machine.
*But something I really obsessed about was the Mega-LD / Pioneer Laseractive. It was a mega drive/ genesis, Mega CD and Laser disc player all in one! I was saving money for the mega CD that I eventually got, but saw this in a magazine. There were rumours some Sega games would be on LD-format. But it would cost 1000 dollars and never really made it to Europe.
And when I write obsessed I mean obsessed. At around 11 years of age I carved “Mega LD” into a big ass tree. The same tree where you had lovers carving their names for eternity. So on the tree was something like:
Fortunately without heart.
But just look at this sexy beast - can you blame me?