I feel obligated to respond to Shipwreck’s comment when he said “That explains a lot” to Wombat about him being a ‘Master System Kid’ and that no one would dare come to his house to play it. I was an avid Nintendo player back in the 80’s with a very extensive game collection, as were several of my other friends, but the SMS was responsible for some of the most ‘eye-opening’ experiences of my adolescence.
My best friend was the neighborhood ‘ Master System Kid’ and I loved going to his house to play the SMS because, well, mostly because no one else had one, but it also had great games that you could not get on the N.E.S. (Sorry Wombat, I have to side with Ship here. You can’t pronounce it ‘Ness’ and ‘yes’, Haunted House sucked big Weber™ grill balls. But I digress.)
The SMS had a lot of great original games like Alex Kidd, R-Type, Fantasy Zone, Zillion, and decent arcade ports of OutRun, Choplifter, Shinobi, Hang-On, Space Harrier, and the list goes on and on. These games were so engrossing that we would sometimes stay up late into the wee hours of the morning playing them.
During one particular sleepover, after a marathon Master System session, we shut off the system and quickly learned that the cable we had running from a splitter on the living room TV was hooked up incorrectly. This cable was originally installed to allow us to watch cable in my friend’s room but because of our ineptitude with electronics at the time, found out that it would only transmit the output from the living room VCR back to his bedroom TV. We also learned that his dad, thinking we were asleep, would sometimes watch adult movies in the living room, but because of our wiring error, we could watch whatever he was watching.
We never did correct the coaxial anomaly, but I did secretly sneak over my parent’s VCR on subsequent sleepovers so we could (quote)”watch movies” (unquote) but in reality, what was actually taking place was our first foray into pirating movies.
I hope everyone can learn these two very important takeaways from my personal experience with the incredibly underappreciated Sega Master System:
1. The Sega Master System had some great, original games and some pretty good arcade ports
2. Most adult video production companies in the 80’s were too cheap to spend money on MacroVision™ copy protection.