Month: August 2011

Dynamite Headdy: Secret Bonus Point!

It started as a request on OC Remix’s forum and grew into a full-blown project. Director Dj Mokram and other fans worked together to bring us Dynamite Headdy: Secret Bonus Point! It’s a full, 26 track remix album of Dynamite Headdy music for fans of the Genesis Treasure game. You can download the whole album in multiple formats or stream it straight from the site.

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Sonic CD is Getting Ported to Almost Every Platform

Wow. So Sonic CD is not only coming to Xbox Live Arcade, but also PlayStation Network, iPhone and iPod touch, iPad, PC Digital Download, Android, and Windows Phone by the end of 2011. The best part? It’s featuring the original Japanese soundtrack! The release, according to Sega, will feature “enhanced widescreen graphics, special iOS features, Xbox LIVE Achievements, PSN Trophies, PC Achievements and more.”

It sounds like this re-release is shaping up to be a solid one. Don’t let us down, Sega!

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New Show: SegaShiro Unplugged

Fellow Sega fan site SegaShiro just released the first episode of their new video series SegaShiro Unplugged. You might be familiar with DJ Fob Fresh and Darren Indeed from Shiro’s podcast. Watch them chat with Xbox Kinect Avatars, some new Sega trailers, and wacky arm animations courtesy of Avatar Kinect. The animations make it definitely worthwhile to check out the 15 minute inaugural edition.

You can watch it here.

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Introducing Operation Ghost – New Sega Arcade Game Coming to North America!

It’s true! A new Sega arcade game is coming to North America sometime soon! It’s called Operation Ghost and it is the sequel to Ghost Squad. No release date has been set yet, but I know personally that it’ll be unlikely I’ll see this locally anytime soon (GameWorks shut down in Columbus, Ohio).

From Sega Amusement’s page:

Operation Ghost Shooting Video Game Sega
IT JUST BECAME A BAD TIME TO BE A TERRORIST!

Sega’s realistic tactical light gun shooter is back and this time it is set in the future! It’s 2035 and the war against terrorism continues. The terrorist network known as Blue Wolf is on the rise and they have seized Uranium in an attempt to build their own nuclear weapons. Liberalists form a task force to exterminate the Blue Wolf, reclaim the uranium and stop a nuclear disaster! That task force is called G.H.O.S.T. (Global Humanitarian Operations & Special Tactics)

Operation Ghost puts players in the shoes of highly trained special force agents. They must use precision shooting and quick reactions to complete the mission whilst using some of the brand new tools at their disposal! As well as new weapons, gadgets and equipment, Operation Ghost features a multi-coloured LED monitor surround. This feature enables; extended off-screen targeting, enemy approach direction indication and provides a game play experience that has never been seen before.

This deluxe, 2 player, 42” high definition cabinet contains 5 player selectable stages of incredible depth. This is enhance by the return of the popular challenge level including the classic sniper sections which really emerge the player in to the intense world of an Operation Ghost agent!

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SegaFans Turns 13

This past week marked SegaFans 13th year in existence in some form. Every year it gets more and more unbelievable. I can’t believe this site has been around since I was still a teenager. I’m almost 30! Wow.

Anyway, there are no special plans this year. Just another thank you to those of you who frequent the site. Maybe next year I’ll think ahead and do a contest.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for 360/PS3 Next Summer

Sega has announced that Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, a downloadable edition of VF5 for PS3 and Xbox 360, will be available sometime next Summer. They will also make it available to play this week at PAX. The game will have all sorts of additional features and be, essentially, the definitive version of the game. It will mark the return of Virtua Fighter 3′s sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi, as well as a new fighter name Jean Kujo.

GameSpot has an interview with a Sega rep on their site this morning. Click on the link below for the full interview.

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Renegade Ops – Oldschool Twin-Stick Shooting Fun

Renegade Ops is a shooter from Avalanche Studios (Just Cause series) that Sega is publishing in September of this year on PSN, Steam, and XBLA. Ops is a $15 twin-stick shooter (think Cannon Spike, Smash TV, Robotron, etc.) with an aesthetic that reminds me so much of Desert Strike or even Battletech on the Genesis.

It looks like it’ll be a lot of fun and I’ll be tempted to get it on Steam ASAP. Below is a trailer from SoE released recently showing off the game. Is anyone else interested in it?

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Sega Q.A. in the 90s!

Mac Senour worked at Sega for a few years in the early 1990s. He has blogged a few memories from that time and below is a gem of an excerpt.

In 1992 I was the Producer on Evander Hollyfield Boxing on the Game Gear. One of the features I really pressed for was multiplayer. I really thought this was the killer part of the Game Gear and we didn’t use it enough. But, it did require a LOT of testing, so did a lot of other titles that released about the same time.

At one point I’m sitting in my cube and I noticed a lot of new faces in and around the test department. They had opened the flood gates and were trying to get all of the titles tested. I wandered into what was our main conference room to make sure they testers were really… testing. Of course, the new testers needed some pointers. While I was helping them connect multiplayer, I had the following exchange with one of them:

Me: “Like boxing games?”

Tester: “Si”

Me: “Every play any boxing games before?”

Tester: “No”

Me: “What were you doing yesterday?”

He turned to another tester and said a few words in Spanish and then did a pantomime that resembled digging, and said: “Ditch”.

Yes, they had hired ditch diggers to test games.

Here’s a bit of trivial: Evander Hollyfield Boxing was the first SEGA game, Game Gear or Genesis, that included a list of the testers in the documentation. I insisted, that was a lesson learned.

Thanks to brandon at Insert Credit for pointing this out.

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