Diggin’ in the Carts conitnues with the dawn of the 16-bit revolution, which spawned an epic rivalry between prodigious video game giants; Nintendo and Sega. Though each company conquered separate fields in the video game monopoly (Nintendo for home consoles and Sega for arcade machines), it was however Sega’s more excellent games and its Megadrive FM synthesisers that eventually spurred them to cult glory. Among the dearly beloved games is the still oddly popular in the fan art community, Sonic the Hedgehog, which is aptly described by the video game expert as the cooler Super Mario (we beg to differ). The eclectic blend of pop, rock, and Latin jazz of its soundtrack inspired nostalgia among the artistes interviewed, but it was Yuzo Koshiro’s visionary techno beats from the series that had prolific hip hop producer Just Blaze championing his era-transcending game themes that truthfully speaking, is proto-modern dance music.
Watch below for an education in (arguably) Sega-dominated era of videogame culture:
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