The myriad of cyber attacks of recent months in the wake of the PlayStation Network breach continue with the latest victim being Sega. The gaming network called Sega Pass, which includes its gaming forums and press resources websites got hacked yesterday, with the company sending out emails this morning to its Sega Pass users to confirm the network breach.
Sega will be entering the US social games business this month with an American version of Sega Play! Baseball, according to Total Telecom. Sega has done social games in Japan up to this point, and now is going to try its hand in the US, competing with Zynga, among others. They will be releasing a line of Facebook and Hi5 games in the next few months. The baseball game is pictured below (still mostly in Japanese).
SEGA is bringing the game console and arcade classic to your pocket by giving you Virtua Fighter 2 on your iPhone or iPod Touch. The game looks to be exactly how it was when you played it long ago with no new levels or characters added. You will be stuck with the original eight characters and eight stage levels.
Also coming to your PC, but noone cares about PCs. Never fear, Don Reisinger, your lost love of video games will be revenged (unless I read that article wrong.) On the 22nd of February, 2011, a Dreamcast Collection package will be being released for Xbox 360. Joy unto the mountains, the greatest console gaming system is back in the form of a pack.
Take a trip on the root train with Nexus S, emulate your way back into the greatest system ever SEGA Dreamcast - on Android, see Google aspire for a musical future, and translate foreign text in real time with Word Lens for iPhoto! Then just incase you missed it last night, take a peek at this first look at the L1v2 Laser Pico Handheld Projector with none other than your humble narrator, and get your first taste of TRON: LEGACY with a full review by Philip! All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!
Over the years, there's been all sorts of additions to men's urinals to "help" those using it stay in the urinal, and not make a mess of the floor (or themselves). While there are still some urinals out there that feature cute little designs near the bottom, like that of a bee, it seems that Japan is still having some major issues, and now they're doing what they should have done right from the start: made it a game.
This is one of those issues I imagine will be hashed and re-hashed forevermore. Here's one of those bigger times, when the Supreme Court of the US government has a little talk about it. The specific law at hand is one that was both brought up and struck down in 2005: a Californian law that bans those under 18 from buying or renting videogames that appeal to "a deviant or morbid interest in minors." Deputy state attorney general Zackery Morazzini seeks to reinstate that law.
For the gaming community, it's easy to fall in love with one particular title, and get attached to not only the characters, but also the story. For fans of the series Shenmue, which debuted for the Sega Dreamcast years ago, it was easy to become immediately enthralled with the life of Ryo Hazuki, and the search for his father's killer. The original title was a hit on the Dreamcast, but its sequel, Shenmue II, didn't see as much success on Microsoft's original Xbox, so Sega pulled development on the title. But, it looks like the third installment could be a real possibility.
I often look back fondly at the “old days” of gaming. It was a time that was marked by innovation, simple gameplay, and companies that were able to strike a chord with consumers through sometimes-corny mascots. One of those companies was Sega. The company’s hedgehog, Sonic, was its answer to Nintendo’s plumber, Mario. And it quickly became a legendary figure that lives on today through several different titles on a number of game consoles. But over the years, Sega made several missteps as a company. It failed to deliver a viable follow-up to the wildly popular Genesis. And its Sega Saturn was arguably one of the worst mistakes in the history of the gaming industry.