Watch: Failed experiments in motion control, the Sega Activator

By Spencer . January 19, 2007 . 6:35pm

Before the Wii remote, Sega tried to get gamers more into the “game” with a full body controller known as the Sega Activator. Players would put the activator mat on a floor and instead of pressing buttons they could control games by hitting infrared beams (sort of like Konami’s Para Para set up). It was pretty worthless for 99% of games out there since you had to keep tripping the beam just to move forward. Also doing motions like the hadoken were nearly impossible. However, there was one game that sort of worked with it, Eternal Champions. Too bad the set up video didn’t feature that, instead it shows a kid playing Streets of Rage with it.

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  • MastahLink

    The Activator lets you unleash your inner warrior! LMAO, Sega pwned itself.

  • dbcomi


    i’m glad technology upgraded, now we have the Eyetoy which is a whole lot easier to manuever with.
    they should combine the two so people can really move freely.

  • the_importer

    In real life, the kid with the controller would have pwned the kid using the Activator :P

  • dbcomix

    the kid with the controller is just mentally retarded. :D

  • dori

    The game that the kid plays during the instruction part IS Eternal Champions.

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