Release Date: May 26th, 2021

I stumbled across the Mega Modem (or Telegenesis Modem) in an old issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly. The article headline was “Tele-Genesis: The Future of Video Games?” I had never heard of the modem before. Considering EGM thought it could be the future of video games, I decided to make it an episode. Usually, hardware videos are relatively easy topics. But the more I researched, the more I uncovered a fascinating story of a video game company taking big risks to compete in the market. Another big hurdle was the sources. The Mega Modem only came out in Japan, so I had to get tons of articles translated for my research. We uncovered some fascinating, new information!

I’m extremely proud of this video because I believe it is the most comprehensive examination of the SEGA Mega Modem available online. I am shocked SEGA does not talk more about this part of their history. The Mega Modem truly was ahead of its time.


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