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Zero Tolerance a first person shooter title for the Sega genesis. At first glance nothing is truly remarkable about this title. The game closely resembles other shooters of the early 1990s. For a game on the basic Sega without a 32x or CD addition it actually looks better than doom did on some of the other extremely low end pc’s of the same time.
I discovered something truly unique about this title. If you’re lucky enough to find a boxed copy of the game with the original contents enacted. Like a time capsule from the early 1990s. What I discovered was a plane white card. On this card it states the following.
Blow away a friend or join forces to defeat the terrorists…
Return this card for a free 2 player special cable.
This discovery was amazing. Never before had I heard of a system link between two Sega Genesis….genesisi?
This is when I began a quest for this cable. What was most surprising about this adventure was there was limited evidence of this cables existence. What is the strangest thing about this is not what you would think of when you consider a system link cable. It works by plugging into the player two ports on two different Sega Genesis….Genesisi.
Oddly enough I found a diagram of how the cord was internally laid out. Making me ponder the idea of attempting to build one considering its basically a re-wired controller cable. However I decide that my lack of knowledge in this area would most likely end with murdered controller cables.
After a few more searches looking at vendors within The United States came up empty. I had to take a wider look. Where I finally found the cable was a website tied to company in Hong Kong. I was considerably happy about this discovery but at the same time I was a bit hesitant to spend money on something that would come from another country. So I made a gamble. I dropped about $30 dollars on something I might never see.
I placed the order, I forgot all about it. About 3 months go by and then I get a package with US custom stickers on it from Hong Kong. Now we find ourselves at this moment.
I’ll be damned this actually works. The two consoles are actually synced together. I hate to be that guy who is impressed by something that that is about 20 years old but I’m actually impressed by this. The cord actually works.
What impresses me the most is that both games despite being on two different consoles the games stayed synced up perfectly. There is no noticeable difference in game play between the two systems. Accuracy in which the player characters stay synched up is impressive. The only noticeable time that you can’t keep track of the other player is when you go through an elevator. Makes sense because the elevator is a moving 3d polygon where the player character is a 2d sprite. I played the game with a friend for more than two hours and both games stayed synced with each other. As to how that works through a player two port of a Sega genesis, I couldn’t possibly explain it. But I am impressed.
The game by itself is fun. The game with a friend is pretty great I’m not going lie.