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Sega's Game Archive

Soulskill posted more than 6 years ago | from the it's-easy-to-collect-your-own-stuff dept.

Classic Games (Games) 45

Jeff Coe tips us to news that a group of Sega employees recently stumbled upon a storage room in the company's product development department that contains just about every piece of hardware and software Sega has ever released. They were also kind enough to snap some photos and share them. "We asked around about how the room came together and couldn't get a straight answer. Some had said our old legal department had run the archive and given it up to someone else to manage. Others said that the legal archive still exists in another room in the office, and this was pulled together over time from producers and product managers. We don't know the exact how or why, but we love that it exists and immediately accessible."

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First post? (1)

JTD121 (950855) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623839)

Spectacular! I wanna visit!

They should setup a little museum and have tours!

-Josh

Re:First post? (2, Interesting)

Majik Sheff (930627) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624613)

The article said every piece of hardware. I see no Virtua Racing, no Sega Rally, no Top Skater, no arcade games to speak of. I also don't see any pinball machines.

Sega's shining stars were in the arcade (with the exception of the Naomi system which was just a Dreamcast on 'roids). I was genuinely excited that there might still be a mint collection of arcade jewels, but instead I'm treated to pictures of spindles of preproduction GD-ROMs.

Oh well, it's still a neat collection. I admit I'm still a little bit envious.

Re:First post? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24625419)

I hate to admit it, but viewing those pictures gave me a...uh... erection.. THERE I SAID IT! Seriously, if the Devil wanted to buy my soul and promised everything I've ever desired and pointed to a door, this is what I would expect to find.

Posting anonymously because I'm not only admitting that I"m a huge SEGA fanboy (which I'm proud of), but that a room full of video games and pristine consoles gave me a woody (and my wife reads slashdot too...).

Oh I thought this might be a fake (someone taking pics of their shops storeroom (I've seen some used game stores have treasure troves like this), until I noticed the trophy for the 1 Millionth Dreamcast sold.

Ok, woody subsiding... I just hope I don't start fantasizing about this room when I make love to my wife....

The Pinball games where made by sega pinball now . (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#24626089)

The Pinball games where made by sega pinball that used to data east pinball now stern pinball in Chicago.

Also there is no way to fit them in that small room.

Re:The Pinball games where made by sega pinball no (1)

Majik Sheff (930627) | more than 6 years ago | (#24626709)

Yeah, I know. I've written rants before on the asshattery of Stern pinball, and I may again at some point. It's a shame that Stern ended up with the rights to the Data East platform. And I guess I have a big imagination when it comes to envisioning rooms full of wonderfulness. :)

Re:The Pinball games where made by sega pinball no (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 6 years ago | (#24631453)

Yeah, I know. I've written rants before on the asshattery of Stern pinball, and I may again at some point. It's a shame that Stern ended up with the rights to the Data East platform. And I guess I have a big imagination when it comes to envisioning rooms full of wonderfulness. :)

Better than Gottlieb - they actually requested sites like the IPDB remove all the ROMs (that were once downloadable from Gottlieb's website). Said ROMs were also removed from the website. The reason? All the Gottlieb retailers complained, so the only way to get ROM updates is to pay (through the nose) for them via one of these resellers.

They've actually sent C+D orders taking down any website that had 'em up. It should be noted that other manufacturers still make the ROMs available.

Re:The Pinball games where made by sega pinball no (1)

Majik Sheff (930627) | more than 6 years ago | (#24641203)

Agreed, Gottlieb pinballs are utter crap anyway. Any advances they made on their technical platform were completely nullified by terrible gameplay, awful visuals, and the same jerkoff doing the voices for EVERY FREAKING GAME. Waterworld? *shudder* Shaq Attaq? *vomit*

Re:First post? (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 6 years ago | (#24627993)

It may have said every piece of hardware, but it also said "room" and not "warehouse", therefore it's reasonable to assume they're only talking about consoles here.

Re:First post? (2, Insightful)

lordofthechia (598872) | more than 6 years ago | (#24625475)

They should have sent a poet...

slashdotted already... (1)

ninjapiratemonkey (968710) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623843)

So it seems the article's been slashdotted before anyone on slashdot read it. or at least posted comments telling us how awesome it is...

Re:slashdotted already... (1)

JTD121 (950855) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623871)

I read part of it. Then I went to the Flickr page that had all those pictures on it.

When I tried to go back, it kept giving me that damned error!!

-Josh

Pictures on Flickr (5, Informative)

Dioji (632761) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623897)

The blog is slashdotted, but the pictures are all on Flickr and can be seen here: http://flickr.com/photos/segaamerica/ [flickr.com]

Re:Pictures on Flickr (2, Interesting)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623923)

...My question is why there are SNES games in there. Because the Mega Drive came out before the SNES... Perhaps a merger?

Re:Pictures on Flickr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24624901)

yeah N64 games too, i clearly saw starfox64. maybe sega helped make them?

Sammy (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24625305)

My question is why there are SNES games in there.

Sega merged with a company called Sammy that made NES games such as Vice: Project Doom.

Re:Sammy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24626467)

But Sammy sure as hell didn't make Starfox!

Re:Pictures on Flickr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24645155)

Probably because someone got it for research purposes. You have to know what Nintendo has out to be able to one up them.

Re:slashdotted already... (2, Funny)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623961)

Yeah, the website was being served up by a Sega TeraDrive. So, more than one user and it starts getting a minor case of burning uncontrollably.

Re:slashdotted already... (1)

VoyagerRadio (669156) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624531)

I recall an article some time ago in which a Dreamcast could be turned into a Linux server. This may have been the article: http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT7466555948.html [linuxdevices.com]

Re:slashdotted already... (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | more than 6 years ago | (#24626225)

Poor Dreamcast, the PS2 beats it in yet another way. The PS2 makes a better Linux box.

1. Find room 2.??? 3. Profit! (1)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 6 years ago | (#24623983)

If Sega sold the contents of this room, it'd make more profit than it ever had in the history of the entire company... and they just found it lying around?!

Re:1. Find room 2.??? 3. Profit! (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624441)

See that's why it doesn't make sense. Like there really was a room that everyone walked past for so long and nobody knew what was in there until one day someone finally opened it. That's ridiculous. I think the staff just kept it all locked in there so they can whip out the Sega G and play some Phantasy Star during break and someone finally found the room where they stashed it all lol.

Re:1. Find room 2.??? 3. Profit! (1)

JTD121 (950855) | more than 6 years ago | (#24625437)

Sega did not forget the room. The Product Development department just didn't tell everyone that worked there about the room.

From what I read, they have recently moved; I dunno if that whole department or all of Sega of America.

Obviously no one forgot about it, seeing as it's recently updated with PS3 games.

-Josh

Sweet (1)

Caboosian (1096069) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624027)

Now they'll remember even more franchises to milk.

Re:Sweet (1)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624585)

Well, they've already violated the Shining and the Phantasy Star series. Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the Strike (Desert, Jungle, Urban, etc) games have been run into the ground on the PS2. Microsoft already made a ridiculous new Shadowrun video game. I'm not even going to talk about any Sonic games after 3D Blast.

That leaves Syndicate, Tyrants, and Warsong, off the top of my head.

Re:Sweet (1)

darkheart22 (909279) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624861)

Sega was great with the 2D but in the 3d world...i don't know...it's like they don't have any good ideas any more. They should make a new console and great games for that console(actually deep inside me i want sega to sell again 16bit games but that's an other story ). Maybe a new development team. A new mascot.

Re:Sweet (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24625363)

(actually deep inside me i want sega to sell again 16bit games but that's an other story ).

The GBA was just a little more 32-bit than the Sega Genesis (ARM7TDMI on a 16-bit bus vs. MC68000 on a 16-bit bus), and it had Sonic Advance (decent) and Sonic Genesis (called a terrible port by many Sonic fans).

Re:Sweet (1)

Uniquitous (1037394) | more than 6 years ago | (#24625497)

Nothing wrong with milking a franchise IF they do a good job on the sequels!

So... (3, Funny)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624041)

So let me get this right, there was an unmarked door in Sega's office that everyone had forgotten about but really contained every game ever made by Sega?

Re:So... (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624079)

I can't read the article 'cause it's /.'d, but from what I can see on the Flickr mirror of the images, it's not only all the games, but stacks of spindles that, I assume, have development builds. So not only does the secret/foregotten door contain every game, but stacks of historical/never-seen-before stuff (read: pre-release builds) as well!

Re:So... (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624087)

Yes but what I found interesting was the forgotten room contained PS3 games! So how forgotten is a forgotten room when it has games from ~2006 or more recent.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24624115)

Come on. Just drink the Kool-Aid®.

Re:So... (2, Funny)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624135)

You are correct of course... also note the lack of dust. The "forgotten" room has less dust than my bedroom (not that that is saying much)

Cheers

Re:So... (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624131)

Something like that, as funny as it sounds, it's not really that hard to believe, there was probably some Secret Door Manager in charge of it who didn't think it really mattered, no one else suspected its existance since that guy has been in there and hadn't said anything.

Stuff shipped in and out randomly, coulda been paper towels or post-it notes... la te da... then some inspection is due (insurance, maybe some mods to the building)... bam, what the hell is all this?

Although, since its on sega.com, unlike the Unreleased Atari 2600 Games Found At Flea Market [slashdot.org] , it could just be a promotional/marketing thing, build up some interest, a dash of nostalgia, ???, Profit.

Re:So... (2, Informative)

D'Sphitz (699604) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624313)

The blog explains that it was not a forgotten room. If it were forgotten, it wouldn't be a complete archive would it? (and as someone points out below it contains PS3 games)

Blue Playstation? (3, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624187)

On the shelf below the Sega CD games, anyone notice an N64 along with a *blue* PS1? Isn't that console used for development?

Re:Blue Playstation? (5, Informative)

davidpack01 (580365) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624245)

From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]
Another version that was colored blue (as opposed to regular console units that were grey in color) was available to game developers and select press.

Games games everywhere... (1)

TornCityVenz (1123185) | more than 6 years ago | (#24624307)

I see stackes of games, cd's joysticks, develpoments consoles, drawers full of cables and and controllers... seems like a great place to end up locked in for the night....but wait.... what's this not a single monitor or TV? DOH!!!!

Am I the only one... (1)

hyperz69 (1226464) | more than 6 years ago | (#24625203)

Who wanted to put my face between all those Dreamcast builds and motorboat? I bet there are a few unreleased gems in there... perchance to dream!

Sad (1)

thedrx (1139811) | more than 6 years ago | (#24625289)

I run Hidden Palace [hidden-palace.org] , a website devoted to preserving unfinished versions of games (prototypes) and unreleased games (for various reasons, mostly that the media isn't forever, it decays after 10-15 years)

I spend tens of thousands of dollars on this stuff, when companies like this just ignore it. Most companies throw stuff like this out (SEGA got rid of most of its stuff in ~2001, a lot of unreleased games got destroyed this way).

It's sad...

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24625541)

awwwwwww poor baby

Re:Sad (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 6 years ago | (#24627975)

I wonder if they have a similar room for source code. They obviously keep it for some of the newer games if the amount of unoriginal ports and sequels are anything to go by...

Renting out? (1)

Ecsa0014 (811602) | more than 6 years ago | (#24627293)

I can't believe they're talking about renting out all of that stuff (internally). I'm betting some of that stuff is quite valuable.

I can see the rental agreement now.
Return a game late: $5/day
Scratch/Damage/Lose a game: A beating with a big stick

At least that would be my rental agreement if that were my stuff. But if that were my stuff I wouldn't be renting it out.

They didn't know they had one? (1)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 6 years ago | (#24627629)

I would think that every company would have some sort of archive for their products, even ones that were finished to some point but never made it to market. Especially game companies that, for the most part, just store the CDs/carts.

Here's hoping that some of these gents take some spare time to fix up this room and make a proper archive.

Personally, I think a small "museum" type setup to show off consoles, accessories, etc. with the gaming library nearby would be a really cool thing. There was this Video Game tour about six or seven years back--I forget the actual name--that went around the country with a whole bunch of arcade games, both old and new, and also had a display for home consoles and hand helds. It was damn cool to just walk along the glass cases and see video game history, much of which brought up personal memories. Also, a quarter for every arcade was awesome.

I still have my ..... (1)

xclr8r (658786) | more than 6 years ago | (#24632553)

Sega CDx it was too cool of a system to let go. There were even a few cartridge games (not all) where I could start a music CD in them then push the cart in and play the game to my fav CDs.... good times.
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