Discovering @ ICHEG – Week 2 – Sega Game Gear Genre Icons

I started volunteering at the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG) at The Strong Museum of Play. ICHEG collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other. I am assisting in their archiving process and during this process I come across various objects and questions that I research and explore. And I am passing on what I find to everyone reading this. I volunteer weekly and I hope to have something new to talk about towards the end of every week.

Game Gear’s Genre Icons

IMG_0291I have always wondered why there were no universal icons for genres, Sometimes we see a game stating what kind of game they are but nothing that is set in stone. But as I was going through a collection of Japanese game gear games at The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG) I noticed an interesting pattern in the back covers of just about every game gear game, and that is they have an icon representing the genre of the game. Once I noticed this I was a little curious about how many of them existed and for how long they lasted.

I learned that there were 10 different icons being used for a couple of years by Sega. These icons were used for the Master Drive, Game Gear, Master System and the 32x. These icons also briefly made it to european Sega game covers, but were ultimately dropped. As time went on Sega switched form using these icons to using text descriptions to more accurately portray a games genre.

I personally wish these stayed around because it makes browsing so much easier, especially since there are a ton of sub genres. Maybe even using the icons as the base genre and the having text for the more descriptive sub genre. What are your thoughts?

Can you figure out what each icon means? Let us know in the comment section how many you got right. You can find the answers below this section.




Luigi Guarnuccio

I am a designer, developer, and gamer who currently works as a designer and developer who produces interactive pieces that live on the web. I am also the founder of Gamers Haven News which is a gaming news site. I take almost all of my inspiration from gaming as a whole and it is a big part of who I am and what I do.

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