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Sega Game Footage Discovered Featuring The ‘King of Pop’ ; Michael Jackson



Michael Jackson's least-known gaming venture has finally been unearthed.SEGA
Michael Jackson's least-known gaming venture has finally been unearthed.SEGA

A Sega game featuring the late iconic ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson, is uncovered at a car boot sale in the United Kingdom, according to Games Radar.

Scramble Training

The Michael Jackson Scramble Training 1993 game, brings aboard pilots, and players who are training for their mission. The interactive game features ‘Commander Jackson’ guiding his pilots in an eight-man spacecraft.  The game not only features an arcade shooter, but also has an interactive ride for the Sega World amusement park. 

However, following the 1993 scandal in connection to Michael Jackson led to a rebranded name for the game, ‘Scramble Training’.


Other Features of Michael Jackson

The Moonwalker icon did form a long-time connection with Sega which led him in many directions. Former Sonic Team head Yuji Naka confirms Jackson composed music for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 3’. 


Rumors began to swarm over the video game in light of the music creation. Complaints flooded in because of the title of the soundtrack and how it must change due to a compilation of ‘Sonic Origins’.


“Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music,” tweets Yuji Naka. @nakayuji


In an interview with a Sonic Twitter account, Sega’s social media manager, Katie Chrzanowski, says the original music must change. 


“While unfortunately we can’t use the original sounds from the Mega Drive version of the game, Jun Senoue has been working really hard to adapt the original music that was composed in 1993 for ‘Sonic Origins’.”

Rumors surface questioning if Jackson’s involvement in the game’s creation is due to his reputation. In 2006, YouTuber Qjimbo, brought to light similarities between the music in the game and the icon himself.  Ex-Sega Technical Institute director Robert Hector confirms Jackson’s removal will not receive a commission. The original tape, ‘Sega AS-1 (Michael Jackson Vers)’ but sold by a relative of a former Sega Amusement Europe employee. The Oxford Duplication Centre and a Sega fan group have synced the tape to an archive and YouTube – accessible in English and Japanese.


Written by: Abbi-Rae De La Rosa| @justabbi_

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