Tuesday Feb 17, 2009
Anyone who’s been around the internet a few times knows at least a few unarguable truths: Pics or it never happened, Caps lock is cruise control for cool, and – of course – that Ninjas and Pirates are sworn enemies, have been so since the beginning of time, and will immediately fight to the death should they ever cross paths. This March, the epic battle between Ninjas and Pirates rages on – in MadWorld.
It’s rare to see a game developer take note of one of these internet culture novelties and run with it – so it’s about time you all got even more excited for MadWorld, as PlatinumGames has done just that.
When you’re running around the Asian Town area, keep an eye out for a Black Pirate Hat with a skull emblazoned on the front – Jack may have a chainsaw and look pretty menacing, but if you throw a pirate hat at a group of Ninjas, they’ll forget about you in a heartbeat, chase down the hat, and proceed to slice and dice until there is no more. (Meanwhile, you can rev up the Chainsaw and go in for a group kill.)
If you haven’t been keeping up on MadWorld lately, IGN is doing a full month of coverage leading up to the game’s launch! In their latest video, you can actually see the grand old Pirate Hat in action – check it all out here!
And now for the age old question – do you side with the swashbuckling, loud, and often-drunk Pirates, or with the rarely seen, silent killing machines known as Ninja? Choose wisely…
Friday Feb 13, 2009
We had lots of great announcements and coverage this week. From New York Comic Con wrap-up to the new titles we announced this week, there’s lots of SEGA links to go around! If you see a SEGA-related link you think we should know about, you can leave it in the comments, post it to our forums, or send it to us via Twitter.
Before we delve into the game-specific roundups, I wanted to point out a cool video and article from Nerve. They visited our NYCC booth and got some video of The Conduit, Sonic and the Black Knight, and The House of the Dead: Overkill.
Madworld had some of the longest lines at our NYCC booth, and it’s easy to see why. The game is fantastic, and I can barely wait to play it when it ships on March 10th. To satiate you before it’s on the market, here are some hands-on previews and interviews.
BuzzFocus calls it an “instant eye catcher” and “bloody buckets of fun“. There are also some photos of people playing the game at our booth at New York Comic Con.
TrueGameHeadz did a hands-on preview at New York Comic Con, and called it “a work of art”, “so creative, so imaginitive”, and “bloody, offensive, disturbing, and at the same time beautiful, creative, and fascinating”.
GamingAngels published their interview with Inaba-san and Nishikawa-san from Platinum Games, developers of Madworld.
The House of the Dead: Overkill
The House of the Dead: Overkill shipped this week, with a new trailer to boot. I’ve been working my way through this game over the past week, and I’m having great fun shooting everything that moves. Finishing the game is on my list of things to do this weekend.
Tech Gaming calls it “quite enjoyable”, “one of the best light gun games in recent memory”, and having a “marvelous presentation”.
The Conduit had a great showing at NYCC and was very well received among the fans at the booth. We really love showing this game off and being able to have hands-on sweetens it even more. Big thanks to the Conduit community for coming out and supporting us, be sure to check out what people have been saying!TrueGameHeadz did a hands-on preview at New York Comic Con, calling it “a solid, more traditional gaming experience on the Wii”, and that it’s “shaping up to be one of the Wii’s must-play experiences of 2009″. They also did a video interview with Eric Nofsinger from High Voltage Software, developers of The Conduit.
GamingAngels also interviewed Eric at our New York Comic Con booth.
Sonic and the Black Knight
One of my favorite memories from NYCC is from Sunday (aka Kids Day), and watching the young Sonic fans line up to play this game. Their smiling and giggling as they zoom through the field of targets still makes me smile. I remember one young boy in particular, who sighed heavily before explaining to his father that this game was *totally different* than Sonic Unleashed, because this time Sonic had a sword.
We released a new trailer for the game this week, with more to come! The game is shipping on March 3rd.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
We also shipped out Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection this week, and it’s been getting some great reviews.
As I mentioned in an earlier entry, GameDaily gave Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection an 8/10. More review scores are starting to come in, including a 9.0 from IGN for the X360 version as well as the PS3 version. Tech Gaming gave it an A-, and 360 Junkies said “you can’t go wrong”.
Aliens vs. Predator
On Thursday, we announced the new Aliens vs. Predator game, set to be released in early 2010. In case you missed it, here’s some coverage from around the web.
Gamezine says their “ears pricked” at hearing the game was being developed by Rebellion.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Yesterday, we announced the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, including a new teaser video. I know that I’m looking forward to using my Wii Balance Board on many of the sports. What sports are you looking forward to?
Wednesday Feb 11, 2009
Launching today is our Sonic and the Black Knight microsite! Wielding Sonic’s sword, hack your way across the site and learn about the Story, Characters, and key features. As a unique twist; you can break objects throughout the site and earn rings, which are used to unlock special wallpapers.
Saturday Feb 07, 2009
Today was quite possibly one of the most awesome days in the last week – if not few months – of my life. Check out the picture below for reason #1:
A whole team of SEGA-themed Cosplayers!
When I realized during a SEGA Scarf giveaway that a guy in a NiGHTS costume won it, I suddenly noticed there were more SEGA Cosplayers near him – Shadow, Sonic the Werehog (complete with fangs!), Nack the Weasel, Agent G., Blaze the Cat, Gerald Robotnik, and even Tikal! NiGHTS had a rockin’ costume too, though you can’t see the red gem on the chest in this pic. On top of it all, those are Chaos Emeralds they’re holding. Seriously, to all of you above – fantastic job!
Do you know your Phantasy Star history? The girl on the right showed up as Rika from Phantasy Star IV, and also did a superb job on her costume!
We also had Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica, CSI, and he was even the villain on an episode of the X-files) around in the morning too, who is doing some of the voice acting for The Conduit! I got to meet him, and thought he was a really nice guy, and totally polite to boot – not always common for people who make it big in hollywood. Special thanks to him for the autographs in the morning!
Early in the morning, Perfect Spiral from our PSU Community arrived at the convention almost an hour before it started just to get a good spot in line. He raced to our booth and won himself a free PSU T-shirt, among other merch – great job!
Since it was Saturday, we got to see a ton of actual gamers show up to play the games and let us know what they thought. The responses were amazing, and just watching people play games like MadWorld and The House of the Dead: Overkill was again entertaining in its own right – more gasps, crowd cheering, and wide-eyed, open-mouthed grins as gamers saw what SEGA has in store for the mature crowd on the Wii.
Special SEGA Takeout Boxes – shown here – had some collector’s SEGA Scarfs inside!
It was a long day with lots of hardcore gaming, and our very own community member Iceman – a fellow SEGA fan who started the PSU Podcast with me in August of ’07, showed up too! It was the first time the two podcast hosts had met in person, and he gave us a great hand watching over the booth and guiding gamers as they played the games. A very special thank you again to him, we really appreciated it!
SEGA Nerds was also on-site, and I had a blast meeting their rep and getting to talk hardcore SEGA with him. Little shout out to all you SEGA Nerds that may be reading out there!
The day flew by and just before things closed down, Iceman and I took a quick stroll around the show floor. We met up with Archie Comics, who create the Sonic the Hedgehog comic books, and it was an awesome moment, for me at least, since I grew up reading that series. I gave them my sincere thanks for all the work they do, and we snapped this picture of the Archie comics team!
The awesome team behind the Sonic comic book series!
The day now over and with only one more day to go, it’s hard to believe just how much fun this entire event has been (especially considering you’re watching a booth all day!), and how many awesome people we’ve been privileged to meet in the community. Check out the full posting of pictures here on the SEGA Flickr feed!
Check back Sunday night for our third and final Blog entry here from NYCC!
Friday Feb 06, 2009
Wednesday, 6:00 PM EST: I noticed one thing above all others as I stepped off the plane at New York’s JFK Airport – It was cold. Really, really cold. Memories of Missouri winters flashed back into my head as I spotted snow and ice on the ground – and so, in twelve degrees of icy-goodness, began the epic adventure that would be my first ever trip to New York – and likewise, to the New York Comic-con!
As the first day of NYCC comes to a close, our community team has the scoop on all things SEGA! Kellie will be writing in with more news tomorrow, and you can check out all of our Friday coverage below!
9:00 AM – The calm before the storm…
The morning started off fairly slow, with press and gaming sites showing up first. We had four MadWorld Booths, four The Conduit booths, and two House of the Dead: Overkill and Sonic and the Black Knight booths – so twelve people could be playing a game at any given time. With the crowds we were about to see, and the amazing positive response we’d get from them, we were all really glad to have so many booths, even if it meant keeping an eye on them all. Then, early in the afternoon, the doors opened to the public – and in they came!
Gallia, we cosplay for thee.
This awesome Welkin cosplayer was our first Valkyria fan to arrive in costume, and he scored himself a free Collector’s Valkyria Artbook! Props to you, and to the other Welkin cosplayer who arrived a little bit later. Will we see more Valkyria cosplayers tomorrow? (I certainly hope so!)
See? I have the knack.
Talking with fellow Phantasy Star fans just makes me happy. I posted around that if any Phantasy Star players could find me at Comic-con and knew the answers to a trivia question or two, I’d hook them up with free collector’s merch – these two guys above did just that, and were the first to arrive. Rock on, guys! Mad props to you both for being the first – special shout outs to all the guys in the Shin team, to Pac Man, and to Cell from the PSU forums and fansite PSO-World! It was awesome meeting you all!
MadWorld developers Platinum Games were also on-hand for some exclusive autograph action, and will be back tomorrow!
Talking with people as they played the games was also great fun – seeing someone’s jaw drop and eyes widen as they chainsawed some poor chump in half and impaled them with a CAUTION sign in MadWorld, or listened to some of the language in The House of the Dead: Overkill – everywhere, I think gamers could feel that the things that made many SEGA games great in the early 90’s – games that are edgy, cool to see, and most of all: fun to play, were at long last returning.
The air around our booths was filled with Ooohs, Aaahs, My God, that is awesome, and the occasional crowd cheering – both for special SEGA merch and, for one group, at how sweet they thought the finishing moves in MadWorld were! It was enough to keep me smiling the whole day through. To top it all off, we gave anyone that played all of our games a free MadWorld Caution sign T-shirt!
Check out our SEGA Flickr feed for all the pictures from today, and keep your eyes to the blogs on Saturday and Sunday as we continue our coverage of all things Comic-con!
Friday Feb 06, 2009
Thanks to NY Comic-Con for helping clear this fact up and our friends at Buzzfocus for grabbing the good shots.
Monday Jan 12, 2009
If you’re a SEGA fan in or near New York City, this February is going to be off to a very nice start. Both Kellie and myself are going to be at the NY Comic-Con this Feb 6-8, and SEGA will be bringing four of our upcoming titles for everyone to play! The line-up includes:
Ah, MadWorld. One of the most anticipated Wii games of the year will be playable at the SEGA booth, present in all of its groundbreaking and most-definitely-M-rated glory.
#3: The House of the Dead: Overkill
Zombies are pretty much awesome any time of the year, and now you can get in on the B-movie fun – we’ll let you blast away in the upcoming House of the Dead: Overkill, just as long as you don’t shoot any real-life zombies that will also be on the scene. (I mean, we realize you want to, but the paperwork would be a total mess.)
#2: The Conduit
By far one of the most promising looking FPS games for the Wii, The Conduit will be on the floor and guests will get to check it out in full force!
#1: Sonic and the Black Knight
Surprise! Previously unmentioned in our last community blasts, we’d like to announce that Sonic and the Black Knight is also going to be making a showing at next month’s event! This will be one of the first times the public has actually seen the game, so if you’re a Sonic fan or want to see how the game is looking, you can swing by the SEGA booth to see it firsthand!
Finally, I’m going to be bringing along some Phantasy Star goodies to celebrate the upcoming release of Phantasy Star Portable and newly-announced Phantasy Star Zero! If you can find me at the event and know the answer to either of these trivia questions, I’ll hook you up with some exclusive Phantasy Star swag!
February is going to be an exciting month, and we’re looking forward to meeting up with everyone at the event! Hope to see you there!
Tuesday Dec 09, 2008
(The game itself is pretty graphic, so you will need to verify your age to check out the site.)
Take a look around Jack’s world and explore – one of the coolest things about this site, in my opinion, are the hidden extras just waiting to be clicked… think you can find them all?
We’ll have more news on the Wii exclusive Mad World very soon, so keep your eyes on the SEGA blogs!
Friday Oct 10, 2008
Sonic, swords, and speed – In a word: Sweet.
Sonic fans – based on the video, what do you guys think? What are you looking forward to most with this game? (And congrats again to those lucky winners who will see their own art there!)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday Oct 08, 2008
I’m very happy to announce the winners of the Sonic and the Black Knight Fan Art contest for North America. What do they win? Well, all winners will have their art featured in the Sonic and the Black Knight game! In addition, each winner will be given a copy of the game when it ships in Spring 2009.
On to the winners, please join me in congratulating the following artists! Look for their artwork in the upcoming Sonic and the Black Knight game!
Craig T. North Reading MA USA
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