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What If The Internet Community Of Today Existed During The SNES/Genesis Era?


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#1 BlueSwim

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:10 PM

These questions just popped into my head out of the blue and I thought I'd put them out there.

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What if the vocal Internet gaming community of today(blogs, forums, podcasts, etc.) existed during the NES & SNES/Genesis eras of gaming?

What changes(if any) to the now classic games themselves would open-forums like GAF and various gaming podcasts have caused?

Would the outcome of the 16-bit wars have been different because of the vocal media and/or NPD sales data discussions?

How would it have effected companies the gaming industry during that time?


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I'm pretty sure companies who made terrible movie-licensed games would have been crucified even worse than they are now in modern times.

Maybe the 'Sonic the Hedgehog' series wouldn't be so screwed up today if there was an outspoken community to smack Sega on the nose early-on when they tried something new with Sonic.

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#2 BustaUppa

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:31 PM

Now that I think about it, I'm not even sure what the "outcome" of the 16-bit wars was. I knew which kids in class had which system, but I had no idea who was outselling who! Oh man, if we had today's internet back then, it would have provide tons of extra ammunition for all the CONSOLE WARZ arguments in recess. I just remember debating who had the cooler commercials.

I think my first exposure to the internet gaming community was when I was playing Mortal Kombat II in a comic shop and some kids showed up with a list of Fatalities they printed out from PRODIGY.

#3 Rodimus

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:44 PM

Now that I think about it, I'm not even sure what the "outcome" of the 16-bit wars was. I knew which kids in class had which system, but I had no idea who was outselling who! Oh man, if we had today's internet back then, it would have provide tons of extra ammunition for all the CONSOLE WARZ arguments in recess. I just remember debating who had the cooler commercials.


SNES/Super Famicom sold about 50 million units, while Genesis/Megadrive sold about 30 million. Nintendo won worldwide, but both units sold very well and Sega definitely wasn't a failure. I think Sega won in Europe and it came very close here in the U.S. too.

I think my first exposure to the internet gaming community was when I was playing Mortal Kombat II in a comic shop and some kids showed up with a list of Fatalities they printed out from PRODIGY.


Honestly this sounds like me. I think I was that kid.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:47 PM

Do you know how many cr@ppy games I wouldn't have bought? Because we'd have review sites to screen most of the shovelware. Can you imagine CAG back then?!?!?

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:54 PM

Do you know how many cr@ppy games I wouldn't have bought? Because we'd have review sites to screen most of the shovelware. Can you imagine CAG back then?!?!?


I think you nailed it with your comment. There is a ton of games I would have never bought If there was reviews back in the day.

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#6 Arakias

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:10 PM

I think you nailed it with your comment. There is a ton of games I would have never bought If there was reviews back in the day.


you mean like they used to have in magazines? maybe im so old that i can remember those days.... ?

#7 willardhaven

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:18 PM

Yeah I used to read these things called magazines, they had game reviews in them and even previews of upcoming titles.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:25 PM

Yeah, magazines filled the void, you just had to seek out certain issues or you'd miss a review and it was often times hard to locate multiple reviews for a certain game unless it was a huge release. It required you to trust a publication far more than nowadays, and back then Nintendo Power never gave even the shittiest of games below a 6.

I think games would have sold better, though, at least the ones that deserved it. No demos, no trailers, etc outside of gaming specialty stores. I still have a few VHS tapes that Nintendo sent out to preview Donkey Kong Country! Those were the days...
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:31 PM

There would be a lot more outrage on games not getting a USA release

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#10 dmaul1114

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:32 PM

It would just have been the same as it has been the past few generation from N64-PS1 on when gaming forums where prevalent.

Lots of silly company loyalty and fanboy console war non-sense. Except it would have been even worse since there were probably less adults hardcore into game then than there is now. So most every forum would probably have been like Gamefaqs.

In terms to the specific questions, no I don't think it would have any real impacts on the outcome, licensed games etc. just like it doesn't now. The vast majority of people buying consoles aren't posting regularly about them on forums even today. They just buy the console, buy a couple games a year and play sporadically.

As for games, I, like others stated, read back in the day magazines--EGM, gamepro etc., so I seldom got stuck with any awful games.

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#11 CaptainJoel

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:34 PM

I would probably be a really different gamer now if I had always had the access to something like LIVE for the SNES.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:48 PM

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#13 R. Kasahara

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 02:54 PM

JSP: If we're talking SNES/Gen era, you're going too far back ;)

There would've been epic Sega-does-what-Nintendon't flamewars, though.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:27 PM

you mean like they used to have in magazines? maybe im so old that i can remember those days.... ?


I forgot about that. I didn't buy to many magazines. I have a few,but not many.

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#15 Halo05

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 06:17 PM

If the internet community of today existed during the SNES/Genesis era it wouldn't matter nowadays because the Genesis/SNES Mortal Kombat blood debacle would've blown up the internet and possibly the world. We should be grateful that we avoided that disaster.

EDIT - Sega was way better than Nintendo.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:35 PM

SNES/Super Famicom sold about 50 million units, while Genesis/Megadrive sold about 30 million. Nintendo won worldwide, but both units sold very well and Sega definitely wasn't a failure. I think Sega won in Europe and it came very close here in the U.S. too.

Sega has a 2 year head start though. Nintendo rode the NES cycle out like crazy. Once SNES hit, it tracked way ahead of Genesis, its eventual lead in the US and Japan was a foregone conclusion. It just took a while to overcome Sega's 2 year head start. For some reason Europe did prefer Genesis though.