Friday 31 October 2014

Quarter Century Breakdown

Published 24/04/2014 | 02:30

The Sega Mega Drive is 25

SEGA MEGADRIVE

The Sega Genesis was a 16-bit gaming console and was also known as the Sega Mega Drive. First released on October 29, 1988 in the US and Japan, it went on to become Sega's most successful console.

In 1991 the console was rebranded to fight these low sales figures and the rebrand introduced an iconic character – Sonic the Hedgehog, now 23 years old.

Sonic is still featuring in games across gaming platforms like the PlayStation and the Wii.

The first Sonic The Hedgehog game sold over 15m units to become the best-selling Genesis game of all time and the series was voted the best Genesis games of all time by Dorkly.com in a survey of over 200,000 votes.

Sonic The Hedgehog was the best-selling game on the follow-up console, the Sega Dreamcast, which was axed in 2001 following stiff competition from the PlayStation.

THE INTERNET

The Internet turned 25 this year, which may surprise Irish people who suffered from a late start. The world wide web began to infiltrate Irish homes 10-15 years ago, when dial-up internet became more readily available through house phone lines.

We've come a long way since the fabled dial-up tone of old, where users would sit and wait for the connection to be established while shouting for others not to use the phone. Today, high-speed broadband is available in most parts of the country, while streaming services like Netflix and YouTube are presenting serious competition to traditional television stations.

Not only that but it's even available on our phones now – making uploading photographs to the latest social network much easier than scanning them in one by one.

PHOTOSHOP

25 years ago, a photo-editing programme called 'Photoshop' was released. A simple programme for editing photographs – who was to know the impact it would have on the fashion and celebrity industries?

Photoshop has been in the headlines more than ever in recent years, spurring controversy over too-perfect frames and faces.

A video showing the extent to which a model can be photo-shopped went viral, amassing millions of views in a matter of days and reigniting the conversation around the acceptable use of Photoshop and software like it.

However, with a 25th birthday under its belt, it doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon.

Irish Independent

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