Last night, Sega held a 25th anniversary party for their famous brand character, Sonic the Hedgehog, as part of their presence at San Diego Comic-con. During the event, they had promised to make several reveals about the future of the character and share those reveals with the world at large; many had suspected that Sega would announce a new game in the Sonic series. To everyone’s surprise, however, Sega didn’t announce one new Sonic game—they announced two. Now, we’ve got trailers to show off, so buckle in and get ready to go fast, because the blue blur is coming in at top speed. (more…)
Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine, About Last Night) has been approved by Sega to adapt a niche game for the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis, here in America) for Hollywood. Tomoya Suzuki, CEO of Sega’s movie productions, has been set to produce the film. This falls in with the game company’s plan to produce a number of movies based on their current properties, a number of which (Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog) are already underway. (more…)
Sonic the Hedgehog has become a household name since he sped onto the SEGA scene. His legacy took a turn for the worse, however, when last year’s Sonic Boom title took a hard nose-dive as the worst-selling game in the franchise. Sonic may be down, but don’t count him out. SEGA has teamed up with SonyPictures in hopes of creating a live-action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which might hopefully help reverse this tail-spin. (more…)
Way back in the 90s, the Console Wars were a tight fight between Nintendo and Sega, and their primary warriors were Mario and Sonic respectively. When Sega went down after the dual failures of the Saturn and Dreamcast systems, Sonic continued life on other platforms becoming just another licensed character, but something happened when Sega wasn’t exclusively in charge of Sonic’s fate anymore, the games he was featured in started sucking. That’s simplistic of course, but one can’t deny that while Mario continues to enjoy life with a variety of fun and innovative games, Sonic is still stuck in the glow of past glories. Now, Sega is saying sorry. (more…)
You can learn a lot about a person by asking which film is their favorite from the Alienfranchise. If they say something besides Alien or Aliens, you know you can rule out their opinion right there. Seriously, who’s favorite is Aliens 3 or any of the AvPs? Were they to answer Aliens then you know they like lots of action, big guns, and ladies who can kick a serious amount of xenomorph ass. But if the original flick, Alien, is their favorite then clearly they go in for the more cerebral, horror flick where a lady still kicks xenomorph ass but is also terrified she’ll be attacked from around every corner. If you fall into that last category, then Creative Assembly and SEGA have made Alien: Isolation just for you. (more…)
This time on The BastardCast: In Conversation, we talk to indie comic book creator Brian Winkeler about his Monkeybrain book, Knuckleheads (available here,) transitioning from monsters to pancakes, the business of creating and selling an indie comic, and more. (more…)
When you hear of a “console war” it brings all sorts of images to your head – various gaming systems battling it out in a field of red rings and shattered motion controllers comes to mind.
In actuality, it’s an ad-driven competition between various gaming companies to see which one will be the top dog of the industry. Sounds a little less pleasing after hearing that, but to Sony it sounds like the perfect movie.
For those that have paid attention to this “war” here’s a quick run down of events: Sega and Nintendo used to be the kings of the gaming world, then Sony and Microsoft waltzed their way into our homes with brighter graphics and sleeker systems. Now Sega just makes games to stay alive and Nintendo decided to play with its Wii in the corner, leaving Sony and Microsoft to duke it out alone. That is the quickest, simplest version of the last 20 years of gaming.
Other then those names, most regular people might not understand the everyday, behind-the-scenes details and tactics of those same companies in a big-budget movie. According to gaming news site Joystiq though, this hasn’t stopped Sony from registering a list of domains in preparation for the Console Wars, their tale on the everlasting war between consoles and developers. Kris Tapley of In Contention has commented on this news, saying he’s heard about the project and that it’s going to be like Social Network, but for video games.
Just take a look at these domains they registered:
We don’t know how all of this will play out, but seeing how this is mainly a Sony picture it might be a bit one-sided when it comes to those “other” gaming companies. No news yet on whether any of these said companies has tried to stop or delay the development of this movie, but give it time.
You can blow into the cartridge all you like, it seems like Sega is fried. The software company known for Sonic the Hedgehog, Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead, and numerous other console faves has seen it’s lineup reduced to just 4 titles — Sonic, Football Manager, Aliens, and Total War. The re-orginization has also lead to widespread layoffs according to Topless Robot by way of Kotaku, and the suspension of development on several future titles.
You damn well better recall that once upon a time Sega tussled with Nintendo for console supremacy thanks to the 16 bit Genesis, sadly later consoles like Sega CD, Saturn, and Dreamcast turned into commercial busts despite their technical advances and superiority. After the company prematurely pulled the plug on the Dreamcast due to increasing competition in the hardware market the company switched gears and focused only on software, a market that now seems cool to them as well.
If you think about it, Sega killed the Dreamcast, which came with a built in modem, killer graphics, and some ground breaking peripherals and titles around the same time that Microsoft entered the fray and Sony pushed out the PS2. Those were both dominant systems that served as precursors to today’s baddest bitches on the block, but both of those systems didn’t come close to matching Sega’s unique creativity and their parent companies have never shown Sega’s hunger for technical advancement and risk taking. One wonders what Sega would have done if they would have shown some faith in the Dreamcast and future systems. Sadly we’ll never know, and while news of a deep downsize and product cull is sad, it might not have been necessary had the company continued pushing the boundaries instead of just churning out shitty Sonic games year after year. Sega isn’t dead yet, but it’s soul has been for a long, long time.
So, do you agree about Sega being truly dead since they gave up on consoles, and which Sega game do you love the most? My vote goes to that double sized, yellow tabbed EA beauty, NHL 95 — two dozen wrap-around goals with Tony Amonte in one game when I was a little lad, the force was strong with me on that day.
Pixelated Mark Messier is about to show Kirk McLean what the what what is.
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I don’t know if you’ve seen the Tik-Tok/Star Trek music video, I suggest you look it up. It makes Ke$ha’s song almost bearable. This Doctor Who video though, comes in a close second. Warning, full of spoilers for “The Wedding of River Song.” (Bleeding Cool)
SEGA has put out this teaser video of Aliens: Colonial Marines and I have to say that it actually looks like it might AT LAST break the streak of crappy Aliens franchise video games.
The scene with the hauler looks great, This NerdBastard will squeal like a school girl if he gets the chance to climb into one of those yellow haulers and fight an Alien Queen. What are you looking for in an Aliens video game?