Rings of Power for
the Sega Genesis has a small, but rabid following. OK, so it moves
at slightly below 2 FPS. And the graphics look like they were done
in MS Paint. And it's a shameless Lord of the Rings rip-off if I
ever saw one. Still, does Lord of the Rings have an inn by the name
of 'Lobotomy Club'? Nope, and I think few will protest when I say
that 'Lobotomy Club' is a way better name than 'Prancing Pony'.
Furthermore, Lord of the Rings does not have a beggar that
demonstrates his right to swear, complains about his code and starts
reciting Black Sabbath lyrics with no reason at all. And this is
only what you encounter within five minutes of gameplay in Rings of
There is another
reason why this game was played, though. If you press and hold a
bunch of buttons on the second controller (down, right, A, B, C and
start) and then reset your system, you get a special little treat.
Pulling this off on an emulator was a lot of work, as my computer
started whining like a little bitch whenever I tried to hold forty
different keys down at one time. The trick is to assign all these
buttons to one key. The reward is a slightly different company logo.
Move your mouse over the pic below to have a look:
Oh, Naughty Dog
Software, you sure are naughty dogs.
I played the game a bit, and found the aforementioned inn. And lo
and behold, there she was, the woman from the intro. I thought I'd
try my luck with the 'show' command.