Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel play on the SEGA Activator

As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Roger Ebert passed away on April 4. He possessed a true passion for not just film, but life and humanity, and he had a keen talent for eloquently expressing his passion on the page. He was a great writer whom I admired deeply and I will miss reading his work, which at times was able to bring me to laughter or introspection, or both.

On a more lighthearted note, here is a hilarious video of Ebert and his late co-host Gene Siskel playing (or attempting to play) Greatest Heavyweights while using the SEGA Activator accessory. The ridiculous motions they make to control the game look not too dissimilar to the antics of people playing Wii or Kinect games, further proving that SEGA has always been way ahead of the curve. Even if the curve is idiotic motion controls.

[Does anyone else own one of these horrible Activators? I have one (complete in box, natch) sitting in my parents’ house somewhere. I might have to break it out someday and record a video of my own…]

Rest in peace, gentlemen.

Nathan Tsui

is the managing editor at SEGA Nerds. Over the years, he has written and edited at various other websites, and a summary of his work can be seen at his personal website. He works as a technical writer at a software company.
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