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Had no plans of getting in to the gaming mods. I figured it was a pretty well charted and explored field. It wasn’t until I found my beloved model one Sega Saturn in grannie’s attic that I thought, “my old friend, i wonder what secrets you keep.” A little internet research (not the end all be all, I know) led me to realize that there isn’t much next generation gaming bends being explored out there. If there is then people aren’t posting it. Even the Playstation, seen in Goodwill stacks the world over, seems to have eluded the recent wave of electronic curiosity.
Upon opening the Saturn I found out why. It’s a very complex machine with very tiny components. One would need tweezers and a microscope to get anywhere with this thing (sound familiar? hehe). That’s the problem with modern circuitry, it’s all so goddamn mini. Mini, yes, but I would argue that it’s mythic there has been an increase in stability. Electronics that generate graphics will freak the fuck out if you hit ‘em just right regardless of whether they are from 2011 or 1991. They may break a hundred times over before you find something interesting, but there will be something interesting (alright alright, it does depend on the circuit, but the potential is still there). So although a challenge, the Saturn is indeed haunted. It’s a little dry on audio bends (that’s not to say that there are none), but the visual bends are a-plenty and a couple in particular do some very amazing things.
My good fortune with the Saturn has me blood-thirsty for more. Why not a 3do? A Neo Geo AES? A Jaguar CD? Collectability be damned.
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