What does the "King of Pop" know about video games? Well quite a lot as it turns out.
Sega sold their 16 bit machine on the promise that "Genesis does what NintendDon't" but that wasn't simply because Sega' 16 bit machine was significantly more powerful than the ageing NES. "It wasn't just technology, it was about attitude" wrote Stuart. "Sega wasn't Nintendo and it didn't want to be. Nintendo didn't do licensed sports sims, Nintendo didn't do violence and Nintendo didn't have Michael Jackson. Sega did." If Nintendo consoles were seen as toys for children, then Sega wanted to be the gaming platform-of-choice for young adults. Indeed, there was a time when teenagers admitted they would lie about owning a NES or Snes but weren't ashamed to say they had a Mega Drive or Genesis. It was a marketing strategy that worked; Michael Jackson's appeal had helped reduce Nintendo's dominance in America and ultimately changing the public's perception of video games.
Hopefully it won't be the awful Mega Drive version of 'Back to the Future III'. However, given how big a fan I am of the film trilogy it's more likely than her getting me reproduction copies of 'Pulseman' or 'Mega Man The Wily Wars' (The original copies cost far more than anyone should pay)!