Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 42] : Bare-Knuckle Slobberknocker

Bare-Knuckle Slobberknocker

After some bad French and Shakespeare non-jokes, the gang talks about Julian and Josh’s birthday gifts. Both of those guys had birthdays in March, and they got matching 49″ TVs in celebration. So what video games were used to christen those new HD screens? Fallout 4, Zombi, Diablo III, Disgaea 5, and, of course, Star Wars Battlefront.

After the break, we take a look back at the console wars, starting with Big, Evil Nintendo vs. the world. When Sega entered the fray, they came in with guns blazing and aimed straight at Nintendo (Nintendon’t, as Sega called them). How do you come back against Mario? Well, by inventing fake processing technology (AKA Blast processing) and introducing the world to Sonic the Hedgehog (who began his life as the Japanese everyman, Mr. Needlemouse).

The battle didn’t slow down when Sony entered the market either. After Sony double-crossed both Sega and Nintendo, they launched the PlayStation, and with that came Crash Bandicoot’s challenge against Nintendo. (We’ve got more on the Crash Bandicoot vs. Nintendo ad campaign in this Retrovolve article.)

Console Wars

Eventually, Sega drops out, Microsoft drops in, and the battle rages on.

Our detailed history is not to be missed, folks.

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JulianWhatThe
4 years ago

Thanks Wirta for using my submission for the image, even if only in the body of the description. When I think of console wars I think of World War I trenches, bloody carcasses and Terminator skulls.

“I bite my thumb sir, but I do not bite my thumb at you”

– Jamie Kennedy

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Josh Wirtanen
4 years ago
Reply to  JulianWhatThe

I couldn’t let your beautiful art go unseen by the masses. It’s truly a masterpiece.

Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
4 years ago

Great episode! I have to say that Nintendo must be one of the most interesting topics in the history of gaming. I’m always shocked by what you have to say about them.

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Josh Wirtanen
4 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

Thanks again for listening! Yeah, Nintendo’s shady dealings are some of my favorite things to talk about!

Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
4 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wirtanen

I have fond memories of Nintendo but I quite enjoy listening to what you dig up.

mako33
mako33
4 years ago

I’m a little sick of console wars at this point. But this was an interesting episode. I wonder how Sega and Nintendo would have done if there weren’t console wars.

Thief921
Thief921
4 years ago

I wish Sega would go back to making consoles again. I saw a Dreamcast 2 hoax a few months back and got real nostalgia vibes. At the very least they could port the full Dreamcast library to Steam.

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Thief921

Honestly, I agree with you. My understanding and experience was that Sega consoles were, if not better than the competition, then at least as good. And in the case of the Dreamcast and some aspects of the Genesis, they were ahead of their time. Even the Genesis add-ons weren’t…well, okay, they were terrible, but they were terrible more because they made things clunky and almost no one wanted to buy a console and then a bunch of almost-consoles in order to play a tiny number of games.

– The Reverend

Thief921
Thief921
4 years ago

I wish Sega would go back to making consoles again. I saw a Dreamcast 2 hoax a few months back and got real nostalgia vibes. At the very least they could port the full Dreamcast library to Steam.

Jdcomix
Jdcomix
4 years ago

I knew about the Super NES CD add on but I had no idea that Sega almost worked with Sony. I think Sega could of recovered from the 32x if that deal went through.

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Josh Wirtanen
4 years ago
Reply to  Jdcomix

OOF. The 32X. Man, I had a Sega CD, and that was bad enough. The 32X was a joke!

Tyrant Fluffy Pants
Tyrant Fluffy Pants
4 years ago

Nintendo should use the mob to make people buy a Wii U, lol.

Tyrant Fluffy Pants
Tyrant Fluffy Pants
4 years ago

Nintendo should use the mob to make people buy a Wii U, lol.

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