On Wed, 3 Aug 2022 18:47:43 -0700, Dimensional Traveler
Well... okay. I don't see anything remarkable about that particular
advert, but it's a fun trip down nostalgia-road nonetheless.
Back in the day - being a computer master race person* - I didn't
really pay too much attention to the consoles... not after the heyday
of the Atari 2600 at least. It didn't help that there were so many of
them on the market: the NES, the SNES, the Master System, the
MegaDrive (or was it the Genesis), the Jaguar, the TurboGrafx, the
7800, the GameBoy, and - yes - the NeoGeo.** It was mostly just noise,
as a new console seemed to be released every other month and I had a
hard time telling them all apart, if I even bothered.
In fact, for the longest time, I confused the NeoGeo with Sega's
"Genesis" (better known as the MegaDrive) machines. "Geo"...
"Genesis"... if you're not following that market, it's an
understandable mistake. Their marketing - as indicated in the example
above - also shared similar audaciously cool themes.
I only encountered a NeoGeo many years later (sometime in the 2010s I
think). By then I'd long since corrected my misunderstanding about its
origins, but I'd never actually played around with the machine until
then. Even though the hardware and games were twenty years old at the
time, I was quite impressed with the device.
The Neo-Geo really was years ahead of its competitors. It was a very
focused machine; it was designed to push lots of sprites and push them
fast, but it did it extremely well. It might not have had as many
colors, background planes and as good sound as later 16-bit consoles,
but you'd hardly notice with all the action on screen. Even today, I'm
impressed by how frenetic a scene this console can create with only a
There's a reason NeoGeo games (e.g., the "Metal Slug" games, the "King
of Fighters" series) still sell well - albeit emulated/ported - on
Steam... and not as part of a generic "NeoGeo game collection" but as
individual titles. They really were that amazing. If you've never had
a chance to look at the games, do so... and then remember this was all
being done on a machine with less than half a megabyte of RAM in
It's a good thing I never encountered a NeoGeo back when it was new.
It might have made me rethink my entire view of consoles vs.
computers, and who knows how that might have affected the direction of
my life? I might instead be on alt.games.video.action discussing how I
impressed I was with a Voodoo 3DFX computer when I first encountered
one in 2015? ;-)
* depending on the date, I may not have been a member of the PC Master
Race club yet, but even then I already considered proper computers the
superior platform ;-)
** of course, computers weren't much better in that era either: PCs
(themselves divided up into XT, AT, Jr, Tandy, and vaguely
'compatible' models), Apple II (numerous versions there too),
Macintosh (ditto), VIC-20, Amiga, C-64 (and -128), PET, BBC Micro,
Z-80s, TRS-80s, etc. etc.