The History of NHL ’94

Episode 36 – The history of NHL ’94. Rightfully, one of the most beloved sports games of the classic era. Released on the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and Sega CD, it was the last game in the series before EA decided to tinker with it too much, and ended up ruining it for a couple of years.  By the time the series was back to form,  the Genesis had lost some of its luster and gamers had begun moving on to the next generation of consoles.

Show Notes:

– At around the 11 minute mark, I said “Most NHL ’94 aficionados prefer this game over the Genesis version” when discussing the Super Nintendo release of the game. I meant to say “some” instead of “most”, the implication being that most people prefer the Genesis game, but a handful of folks favor the SNES release. I had to re-record this section of the narration, and somehow accidentally replaced the word without realizing it until the episode had been uploaded. This is disappointing since I watch the video several times to make adjustments and weed out errors, but this one slipped through. I am now prepared to have every Tom, Dick, and Harry “correct” me by telling me that it’s actually the Genesis version that everyone loves.  This error has already been fixed in the master file so that if the video is ever released in some other format or on another website, it will have been corrected.

– Yes, I know that “NHL Hockey” for the DOS PC is considered by some to be the PC version of NHL ’94 due to it carrying that name in some territories. It is a completely different game, so I felt that it was outside the purview of this episode.

– The equalization of the voice track is inconsistent because I had to re-record some segments. This probably bothers me more than it will bother you.

– This episode marks the first time that I have use my Elgato to record anything other than a “retro” console.

– In theory, this episode was going to be a quick and easy one. NHL ’94 has a much more rich history than I originally thought. And I actually left stuff out that I thought was too obscure for most people to care about.

– Yes, I am a Detroit Red Wings fan even though I live in Northern California. It stems from the fact that I was a huge Home Improvement fan in the early 90’s, and Tim Allen, a Wings fan, regularly mentioned them on the show. For that reason alone I would always play as the Wings when playing a video game, and that evolved into me becoming a fan of the team. Probably the dumbest reason to support a sports team that I have ever heard, but it’s the truth.

– This is the second episode in a row for which I am legitimately concerned about getting a copyright strike, this time due to the Swingers footage. But come on, how could I leave it out?

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