Retired gaming consoles: The Sega Legacy

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Some of my retired consoles.
Original PlayStation-1994
Super Nintendo-November 21, 1990
Gamecube -September 14, 2001
Sega Saturn-November 22, 1994
Sega Dreamcast-November 27, 1998
Nintendo Wii- December 2, 2006

Of all the consoles I had the Dreamcast was my favorite and still holds the coolest Game system of all time in my book. Imaginary book;-)
Sega made the biggest mistake they thought by using 1024 Discs & hardware aka: 1GB discs & GB Drive thus doing copyright protection for GB-Discs not 700mb CD-Rs. Since the GB burners were very expensive/ almost impossible to get and Dreamcast would require a mod chip to play burnt 1gb disc games.PC’s only had 700mb burning capability at that time.
The Dreamcast used a Gigabyte Rom drive in the system that of course played GB discs and music CD’s.
Sega team gave the hacking community little or no credit. Hackers/crackers were able to rip the data directly from the Dreamcast to PC (Using a home made coder’s cable under $20) then by removing unneeded data on the disc to make it under 700mb they could burn the games to regular CD-rs and play them on the Dreamcast. NO modchips or software modding was needed to play backups or downloaded games. Because the protection was only looking for copied 1GB Discs not 700mb CD-R’s;-)

The Playstation2 came bursting out on release date making the Dreamcast fail. And what a shame the Dreamcast was by far the better console. And not because it was easily cracked but because it was just better.
Just like the Saturn console before Sega was ahead of their time. Both the Saturn & Dreamcast were online capable and not like the PS2 the Dreamcast actually had online games on release date. It still boggles my mind how console gamers totally missed that. Maybe they weren’t ready for diversity in gaming.

Keep in mind it’s 1994/1995 and the Sega Saturn is online capable and games were released.
•Virtual On
•Daytona USA CCE: Netlink Edition
•Sega Rally: Netlink Edition
•Saturn Bomberman
•Duke Nukem 3D
Amazing to say the least.

Dreamcast online capable on release date or close to.
Doom (unofficially ported to Dreamcast)
Maximum Pool
Phantasy Star Online/Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2
Planet Ring
Quake III Arena
Sega Swirl
Starlancer

It really showed how behind the console gaming community was.

My retired console collection.
Retired Consoles

It’s 1994-1996 the Sega Saturn was online!
Remember what was around?
OJ Glove DONT FIT!

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Projection TV

Windows 3.1

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VCR-TV-1994

Sega Saturn front

Sega Saturn top

Here at the bottom mostly remain unseen. And most still don’t know or bother to look. The Sega Saturn was a master piece 15 years ahead of it’s time.
Let’s not forget the Saturn could also play burnt copied/downloaded games as well. No software mod or hardware mod needed. It’s called hot swapping. Takes a few tries but it can be done;-) Timing and speed is the trick if your slow & clumsy you’ll never get it.

The amazing Dreamcast could play any disc or region game.
And Phantasy Star Online was awesome! Anyone play that back in 1998-1999?
PhantasyStarOnline screenshotDC

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The Awesome retired Dreamcast Sega’s last console:-( Very sad day when Sega announced that they were no longer making hardware.
Dreamcast Console

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No smoking at all for me thank you:-) E-Cigs and side effects that made me quit earlier

After 28 years of smoking I no longer am smoking cigarettes or any other nicotine product. I had a 1 year quit plan I quit a little sooner
Partial thanks to E-Cig and my apparent allergy to either it’s liquid or metals from the cartomizer.
If you have read my blog before you know what device I was using to break the habit of cigarettes. If you haven’t I went to an electronic cigarette not the crappy big tobacco ones like Blu e-cig bottom line the e-cigs from big vendors are all junk and they will not help the majority of people that smoke a pack or more daily.
The blog posting is 2 down from this one.

What I am about to say will be contradictory because of the health issues the E-cig was causing me.
First let me say this the E-cig I was using is a little miracle device it really made the difference and allowed me to quit smoking pretty painlessly.
I seriously recommend the EVOD E-Cig to those who wish to break the nasty habit of smoking. It really works and several of my friends also went to the E-Cig and they are still using the E-Cig And have not touched a real cigarette since starting. DO NOT believe the bullshit BIG Tobacco is throwing around that 92% of people who buy these E-Cigs are still smoking! They are partially right the big outlet stores that sell the BLU E-cig and clones like it are crap I went back to smoking the same day I bought that brand and another clone like it. But using the E-Cig I posted in my blog I was not smoking at all.. Also don’t believe that E-Cigs are a safe method because that isn’t true either. There has been very little testing to confirm or deny that E-Cigs cause cancer or don’t or maybe worse.
Simple solution DO NOT use the E-Cig as a crutch or for cigarette replacement. Since the juices sold come without nicotine or in 24-6mg bottles. This means you can wean off nicotine without doing the old fashioned cold turkey method. And it works my friend was a 3 pack a day smoker he also hasn’t picked up a cigarette since moving to the EVOD style E-Cigs.
After cutting down on the E-Cig juice I put on a patch every other day. I am now on my 5th day have 0 cravings no cigarettes, No E-cigs, NO Patches! I am officially done I have no urge to smoke at all.

Now let me tell you the negative side effects of the E-Cig I got which doesn’t affect everyone but there are a lot of cases out there on forums that have had same issues I had. Mostly the acne I see reported most. My wife 4-5 friends and 7-8 people I’ve spoke with at the E-cig store all didn’t get any side effects. People at E-cig shops aren’t the most honest people so I can’t confirm them but my wife and friends I can.
Here are the issues that I got from the E-cig flaky skin on my face, especially inside the ears on the ear lobes and behind them, Dandruff got so bad it would bleed sometimes. Acne not the zit type that comes up you pop it it’s over no. It’s cystic acne where the infection grows inward so it never gets a white head just makes a huge lump full of infection on face and neck and is red as hell and are painful to the touch Seemed like I’d combat one infection with facial clensers and heat only to have 2 more appear the very next morning. Cysts behind the ears occurred as well very painful and they would seep puss but never go away. Some of the cystic acne was so bad they would be bigger than a quarter round and the lump was so large could see them when looking down with my eyes.
How do I know the E-cigs caused this? you may ask. Well 4-5 days after discontinuing the use of the E-Cig the acne started going away and flaky skin improved as well. And I don’t mean it was getting a bit better it was rapid. Within 7 days of stopping all the acne went away except 2 that were there for months they just recently went away. And a few of them caused damage to my skin and on my face so it’s bad news.

Was it worth it? Yes! But I will also note that I was using the E-Cig for 8 months. Think if you start reducing your nicotine and don’t go over 3 months then I doubt you will get these symptoms. I’m not a doctor it may occur faster on others so if you do go this route make a plan to try and quit with in 3-6 months time.

With all that said I strongly think all smokers should try this. I tried patches, cold turkey, gum & Chantix none of them worked for me.

All smokers out there if you are reading this and have questions just post them here I do not filter any comments or responses weather they are good or bad they get seen.