Nostalgia has and always will have a very special place in our hearts. In fact, the only reason somebody should have to feel sad about going home is because they’re fondly reminiscing about their childhood exploits. And nostalgia can extend to anything, from a certain smell, to the view from your childhood window, and even to how you used to spend your day.
And if you’re reading this article, you most likely spent in two primary ways – going out with your friends and then having them over to play video games. Aiming to profit from nostalgia by doing something that few people thought possible in the current overly competitive market, Sega announces official Genesis emulator for Steam.
Called the Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub, the whole affair will be an entire 3D environment recreated to get you to reminisce about your childhood (if you lived in the exact same scenario presented in every single kid’s movie in the ‘90s). Basically, it’s a virtual bedroom on Valve’s Steamworks platform.
The virtual bedroom will come equipped with a CRT TV, video game posters on the walls, a classic pick-up record player, a toy axe, homework desk with a crumpled up sheet of paper on the floor, a few cassette tapes, a window that realistically depicts the day/night cycle, and a shelf of cartridge boxes which you can fill with the games you own.
But even better than the entire setup is the fact that the whole shebang will be fully supported by the Steam Workshop. And that includes any mod players might want to make for their old-timey favorite game. Yes, you read that right. Finally, a company realizes the immense potential held by mods.
Not a lot of information has been given on the subject, or even on the whole project, but the company did say that mods to games will be legal, easily shareable, and viable for support where it will be needed. This is a huge step up for the gaming industry, as up until this point you could get sued for even featuring footage of a game in a YouTube video if you did not follow all the necessary guidelines.
Even though this is obviously just an attempt (a successful one, so good for them!) from Sega to cash in on nostalgia, it might actually end up opening the minds (and the legal boundaries) of multiple gaming companies, as they might soon end up realizing how profitable it can be to give more or less free reign to mods.
But back to the emulator, the whole thing is supposed to be released on the 28th of April, and not much else was revealed to the public other a pretty compelling trailer (which you can watch by clicking the link to the image source). But they did say that titles featured in the Steam’s Sega Genesis Classics Collection will be fully supported, so that adds up to a few dozen classic titles right from the get-go.
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