15It Sold Out Sega

The future of the video game industry was hanging in the balance in 1993 due to an outcry caused by the violence in games like Night Trap and the home console release of Mortal Kombat on Sega systems. This led to a congressional hearing, which resulted in the creation of the ESRB.

Representatives from both

Nintendo and Sega appeared at the congressional hearing. Instead of siding with its competitor in order to create a united front, Nintendo chose to use the hearings in order to attack Sega.

Howard Lincoln used the hearings to point out that Nintendo had never allowed violent games (like Night Trap) on its system. Lincoln brought up the fact that the Super Nintendo version of Mortal Kombat was heavily censored, even though Sega refused to do so in order to increase their profits.

Nintendo ultimately sided with those who supported censorship in order to damage Sega's reputation.

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