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    Genesis model 1 question

    Post by KeithApicary on Mon May 16, 2011 4:12 am

    When talking about a Genesis model 1 what does Non TMSS mean?
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    Re: Genesis model 1 question

    Post by TMM on Mon May 16, 2011 4:21 am

    TMSS was SEGA's "DRM" system, they started putting it in the megadrive after activision started making unlicensed carts.

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Genesis_Programming#TMSS

    Fun little history behind the "DRM system" btw:

    The DRM system basically only consisted of the word "SEGA" having to be written in memory, or the video chip would cut out (As can be seen on that WIKI page) what is interesting though is that SEGA later took activision to court for trademark (or copyright, can't remember) infringement for using the word "SEGA" in their cartride. Which was actually how SEGA thought the "DRM" system would work, that is. You have to use the word "SEGA" and you have to license it from us.

    That was the theory anyway Smile Activision actually won this because writing "SEGA" was required to get the console to work, a technical detail, and was not considered to be 'use of the term' at that time.

    Nintendo en SEGA actually both tried to pull stuff like this. One of them required an entire (c) text on the cart, this too turned out not to work. If you force someone to put a text on a cart to get it to work on your console, does not make that text true, it just makes it necessary Smile

    It's really funny if you dig into the older generation of consoles Smile
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    Re: Genesis model 1 question

    Post by Crono on Mon May 16, 2011 2:44 pm

    That was Accolade, not Activision :p
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    Re: Genesis model 1 question

    Post by TMM on Mon May 16, 2011 3:38 pm

    Crono wrote:That was Accolade, not Activision :p

    You are 100% correct, 1 internets for you Smile

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