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Sega describes the iPod as “flawless” for gaming

Sega describes the iPod as “flawless” for gaming

Many people have an almost unnatural obsession with their iPod. I've got one and it's great, I just don't see what all of the fuss is about. Then again some people would make similar remarks about my DS, so I understand. Lately the tiny music player has grown beyond simply playing music and videos, venturing into the realm of gaming. Recently Sega described the iPod as “flawless” when it comes to gaming.

DIY Portable Sega Dreamcast mod

DIY Portable Sega Dreamcast mod

Once again I'm ashamed of my lack of Dremel skills.  The product of a feverish desire to take the Sega Dreamcast out on the move, this mod is a custom vacuum casing containing not only the guts of the console but a set of two 7.2V 3Ah R/C car batteries.  Rather intimidatingly, the game CD simply clips onto the spindle at the back with no door or cover to protect your soft, delicate fingers.

 

Sonic and Sega are back, portable and familiar

Sonic and Sega are back, portable and familiar

Yet another blast from the past is making its way into the new generation wrapped in a shiny new package (which looks like this one but cheaper). Nothing gets a kids attention quite like a portable game system. I doubt the AtGames Mega Drive Portable will be much of a contender to the DS and PSP but it’s sure to make some old schoolers happy.

Tec Toy offers up portable Sega Genesis again

Tec Toy offers up portable Sega Genesis again

Personally, I think Sega did a good job of this a good number of years ago with the GameGear, but if you weren’t lucky enough to latch onto one of those (I have 2, they’re great) then you can pick up one of Tec Toy’s offerings. Their system appears to offer a slightly improved button layout over the GameGear.

But, their system comes with 20 games pre-loaded, and that’s it, there’s no way to add more. So there’s that, however the Tec Toy version is by far more power efficient, using 3 AAA batteries compared to my GameGear’s 6 AA batteries that last, at best, a couple of hours.

Mint Tin RPG

Mint Tin RPG

Do you know how hard it is to come up with a headline explaining a device that is a mint tin with one game only installed in it? Don’t forget to mention the fact that said self-contained RPG has only three things protruding from the tin, a DB9 connector, a switch, and a video jack?

Sega arcade slaps virtual zombie guts in your motion-sick face

Sega arcade slaps virtual zombie guts in your motion-sick face

Holy crap, what happened to pinball and Pac-Man?  It may have been some time since I last stepped into an arcade, and to be frank it's going to be a whole lot longer still if they insist on putting vomit-rockets like this Sega House of the Dead 4 Special machine into them!  Strap yourself into the full-motion, vibrating chair and prepare for two 100-inch XGA projector screens to throw you bodily into the action.

 

SegaToys develop Robot Chick for Yume Neko to eat

SegaToys develop Robot Chick for Yume Neko to eat

Jenn over at Pocketables obviously knows me pretty damn well - she spotted this lovely little Robot Chick by SegaToys and thought it would make a good companion for my beloved Yume Neko Smile.  And I think she's right, although the potential for entertainment from something that looks like a couple of balls of yellow cotton wool isn't perhaps as great as a meowing, yowling cat.

Apparently the little fella chirps and cheeps until you pick him up and, if the photos are anything to go by, imprison him in a Perspex Egg of Death.

The SegaToys chick robot [Akihabara News]

SlashGear Review: Yume Neko Smile, Sega Toys’ robot cat

SlashGear Review: Yume Neko Smile, Sega Toys’ robot cat

Last October I pledged to make it my life's work to acquire Sega Toys' adorable Yume Neko Smile, a robot cat that momentarily seized the blogosphere with its lifelike movements and blinking eyes. True to my post, I emailed Sega and begged/cajoled/threatened them, sadly never to receive a reply. Then, early in December, a kindly commenter left word that CScout Japan were selling Yume Neko - I instantly fired off an email hoping to get a PR contact; instead, they were generous enough to send me one themselves.

And that brings us up to now, and the story of how a white, furry automaton stole my heart.

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