Grow your hair long and greasy, chew on a matchstick, plug in your tape deck and take a nostalgic look at the awesome Sega of America’s headquarters in Redwood, California during the 1990s. “Sega Test” is a bit of a documentary that features Sega test department in 1996. The 28-minute video was used to train new recruits and employees on the ins and outs of the video game company’s corporate office.
Game testers would spend up to 90 hours a week playing new titles to try to find mistakes, glitches, and inconsistencies, while also evaluating how much fun a game was to play. While the video offers a nostalgic look back at the video game industry in the mid-1990s it was also the time Sega was trying to cover all corners of the market with both a new system—1995’s Sega Saturn—and add-on components like Sega CD and Sega 32X, which extended the life of its aging-but-beloved Sega Megadrive/Genesis. Fierce competition from other consoles, such as the Nintendo N64 and Sony PlayStation, proved too much for the company because 5 years later, in 2001 they stopped making hardware altogether when the Sega Dreamcast failed to live up to market expectations ending the run for Sega consoles..