SEGA in the Media: Ellie plays Daytona USA in HBO Max’s The Last of Us

Its a video game inception post! In episode seven of HBO Max’s The Last of Us (which, believe it or not, is based on a video game), our lead character Ellie has a flashback episode remembering her time with an old friend where she was taken to an abandon mall which happens to feature a full set of working arcade machines. Aren’t they lucky? Ellie then bursts out that the arcades are “the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen”.

The episode shows Ellie trying out her driving skills on Daytona USA before they continue to play Mortal Kombat II, while it isn’t a SEGA video game, it was pretty prolific game on the SEGA Genesis. They also have the original Tetris machine which has a history with SEGA, as the Japanese rights for Tetris Arcade used to belong to SEGA.

Any other arcade machines you guys noticed during this episode?


2 responses to “SEGA in the Media: Ellie plays Daytona USA in HBO Max’s The Last of Us

  1. Mac User says:

    I was watching an abandoned mall video on YouTube and there was a mall that was used in another Netflix show a few years ago and it was like a fake video store and there was a fake arcade from it too. I’m wondering where they filmed The Last of Us? Is it another abandoned mall? Is it an arcade that is still active? Does it have the same arcade cabinets? I like learning about that sort of stuff.

  2. Debonair says:

    Ah, back when Sega was a fully independent company, not owned by Sammy and still on the cutting edge series of domestic hardware that was quintessentially Sega. Thr times were generally good then.

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