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Why Sega has failed me

Why Sega has failed me

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.

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Intel AppUp store gets SEGA Mega Drive classics, B&N content and more

Intel AppUp store gets SEGA Mega Drive classics, B&N content and more

Intel's AppUp download store has hit "gold" status and gone live, having first started showing up on netbooks back in January.  The silicon manufacturer listed their new partners in AppUp at IDF 2010 today, including the news that SEGA will be porting Mega Drive classics over and that Barnes & Noble will also be adopting the store.

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RetroN3 game system supports old games and controllers

RetroN3 game system supports old games and controllers

I'm not sure why, but growing up when we change to a new game system at my house we usually had to give away our old system or throw it away. This is the reason my Atari and all the cool games of my youth have disappeared. I remember many hours spent with my SNES and Sega Genesis, but I have nothing but memories left to show for my time spent gaming.

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IntoDream DIY handheld SEGA DreamCast [Video]

IntoDream DIY handheld SEGA DreamCast [Video]

It seems we'll never tire of seeing full-sized consoles refettled into handheld casings, and that's handy since gamers don't seem to tire of attempting such miniturization.  Today's - the handiwork of Bacteria - is the IntoDream, and it takes the venerable SEGA DreamCast and packs it into a handheld with a 5-inch PSone LCD, official PAL DreamCast hardware and joystick from the Nintendo N64.

Video demos after the cut

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Geek turns Sega Saturn joystick into Transformer-style bug

Geek turns Sega Saturn joystick into Transformer-style bug

I am a big fan of people with way more time to play than I have who take things and turn them into things you might not expect. A guy named James Ian Killinger has taken a Sega Saturn flight controller and hacked the controller into a transforming bug-like device.

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Sega Toys’ Yume Neko “Dream Cat” Venus: Robo-kitty gets an upgrade

Sega Toys’ Yume Neko “Dream Cat” Venus: Robo-kitty gets an upgrade

Long-time readers may remember Sega Toys' robotic cat that stole my heart, Yume Neko Smile; now the company is back with an upgraded version [pdf link] of the electronic-kitty.  Yume Neko "Dream Cat" Venus is a life-sized Norwegian Forest Cat, with more possible movement than the original Smile version together with the ability to respond to your voice.

 

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Blaze Sega Genesis goes on sale

Blaze Sega Genesis goes on sale

Blaze have announced a third-party Sega Genesis (aka Sega Mega Drive) that not only allows classic games cartridges to be played but comes with fifteen titles preloaded.  Onboard games include Sonic & Knuckles, Altered Beast and Golden Axe; as for the cartridge slot, it'll accept any region's Genesis or Mega Drive games.

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Sega Iron man 2 video game is officially underway

Sega Iron man 2 video game is officially underway

In a brief announcement today, Sega revealed its plan to collaborate with Marvel Entertainment for the second time to develop the Iron Man sequel multi-platform video games with schedule to due in 2010.

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Sonic Unleashed delayed for PS3 and Xbox 360 in Japan until Spring

Sonic Unleashed delayed for PS3 and Xbox 360 in Japan until Spring

If you've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Sonic Unleashed from Sega and you live in Japan, you might just have to wait a little bit longer. The original release date for the Xbox 360 and the PS3 was December 18th, but it has been moved back to sometime in the spring of 2009.

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Hyperkin SG/FC NES & Genesis dual-slot retro console

Hyperkin SG/FC NES & Genesis dual-slot retro console

Why take two classic consoles into the den when you can use just one?  The SG/FC Dual Action Video Game Console offers two cartridge slots, one for Nintendo NES games and the other for SEGA Genesis titles.  A switch flips between emulation modes.

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SEGA Vision no PSP rival, just PMP with Java gaming

SEGA Vision no PSP rival, just PMP with Java gaming

Disappointing news for anyone hoping SEGA would be making a return to portable gaming hardware.  The SEGA Vision device tipped last Friday - which was claimed to be a multi-function PMP and games console - is actually a Chinese-made media player with no development connection to SEGA themselves.  As for the games, they're basic Java titles similar to that found on a cellphone.

Official SEGA statement after the cut

Sega Vision gaming PMP with TV tuner planned for 2009?

Sega Vision gaming PMP with TV tuner planned for 2009?

Sega are apparently planning a return to the hardware market, in the shape of the Sega Vision gaming PMP.  Equipped with a built-in TV tuner, audio and video player, digital camera with video recording functionality and, of course, the ability to play games (of an unspecified format), according to Sega the Vision is set to launch in the UK sometime next year.

Video of the Sega device after the cut

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