Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Sega & Cigarettes: Passions That Can Finally Burn Together

Hope that Sonic's not having a butt out behind Robotnik's place...

In the US, Sega made their mark with the Genesis video game console. To use the vernacular of the era, their ads were "badass", painting the aging Nintendo Entertainment System as sissy and childish. It was effective, and gave Sega their brightest moment in their long history. This all came before a series of disastrous decisions about the future of video gaming hardware:

  • Sega CD - barely any good games

  • The 32X - hacky 32 bit adapter obsoleted with frustrating speed by next gen hardware

  • Saturn - expensive and doomed in the shadow of the then-new Playstation

  • Dreamcast - A system I continue to adore, and scratch my head at what went wrong

It's a Zippo - the real deal.Imagine how much more badass those original Genesis ads would have been if they used one of these Sega lighters to set the competition on fire. I hope that Mario and Bonk wore their asbestos underwear. These are new lighters from Banpresto's promising "Sega Memorial Hardware Zippo Lighter" series. Even though I don't smoke, I was ready to plunk down a few bucks to pick these up. I like to imagine that I have my own anti-social badass moments that could only be aided through pyromania.
Amazing design. More amazing prices!The problem? The lighters are priced in the neighborhood of $155 each, which is WAY outside what I was expecting. The honest-to-goodness Zippo lighters are very good representations of those original consoles, and I've always been fond of Sega's technology at play, but who is prepared to spend that kind of coin for such a novelty? I'll have to find other ways to express my badass/pyromaniac side. I suspect that few of us these days have that kind of money to burn.

Order your lighter from Net You in Japan


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