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Sega’s Genesis hub is on Steam, complete with hacked and modded ROMs

by Eric Frederiksen | April 29, 2016April 29, 2016 4:00 pm PST

SEGA Mega Drive Classics Logo

The Sega that many of us old folks remember from our early gaming days, the experimental, scrappy console maker and game publisher, is long gone. But they’re still doing some cool stuff. Case in point is yesterday’s release of the Sega Genesis & Mega Drive Classics Hub.

The hub provides a one-stop interface for some of Sega’s best classic games from their heyday, including a virtual bedroom meant to call back to the sort of rooms many of us were playing the system in back then, complete with simulated time of day to remind us of the entire days we spent lost in those games.

Perhaps the coolest element of all this, though, is the addition of Steam Workshop support, which allows modders to upload hacked and modified versions of ROMs for the Genesis/Mega Drive.

At the time of writing, there are already 70 entries available, including everything from simple skin swaps to much deeper mods that change things like game difficulty and music. Many are uploaded by their original authors, though some have the original authors requesting that they be taken down as well – this could be a problem that plagues the service if it’s not heavily moderated.

Perhaps the best of the ROMs so far is “Streets of Rage 2 Except It Makes That Weird Tim Allen Noise When People Die,” which is the ROM I never knew I needed but can no longer live without.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...