I don’t know how many people reading this have played Section-Z, but it’s always been a game that holds no small fascination for me. Before I had played Metroid, I borrowed Capcom’s shooter from a friend and got my first taste of non-linear exploration. Sort of. I never actually finished this one myself, because I had to return it the next day, but sometime later I watched as my friend slaughtered L-Brain. That’s kind of like beating it when you’re a stupid kid who’s still trying to figure out how a danged D-pad works, OK?
Around that time, a schoolmate heard us discussing the game during gym class and swore that he had seen the game in an arcade in Las Vegas, and that it was totally weird. We thought he was lying, but turns out he actually wasn’t. Godspeed, forgotten dude from gym class. MAME has vindicated the tall tales of your wasted youth.