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09 February 2016 - 06:07 PMAt the risk of this piece blowing up like the Jackson one, I'll make a topic for this one. Polygon has posted a series retrospective with some interviews of people who've worked on Sonic at some level. Including our very own Taxman.
Here's a good quote from Al Nilson:
QuoteNilsen left Sega during the development of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. He kept up with the franchise, though, often seeing upcoming games at industry events. He likens the character now to an actor appearing in a B, C or D grade film.
"When [former employees of Sega of America] would go to E3 and see what was happening ... a lot of times we would just go and we would shake our heads," he says. "And we were very, very sad. Because, you know, what we had established and what we had built was something that was very, very special."
The article also has some ...interesting artwork.
19 October 2014 - 11:18 AMA GameCube controller of mine is not in good shape mechanically, and I'd like to replace the board. The problem is the replacement board's cord housing (purple) is not the same color as the original (orange). Is it possible to remove the housing around the controller plugs to maintain the same color on the controller and plug? I couldn't find an obvious way to do it.
14 March 2014 - 10:13 AM
QuoteCity Rush will be released in Canada and Australia this month as part of a "soft launch" to better prepare for a worldwide audience. Both territories were chosen because of their similarities to U.S. audiences, the producer said, but smaller communities.
Congrats, you're guinea pigs!
24 February 2014 - 10:16 AMSeth Rogen is making a movie about Sega vs. Nintendo, and it's being optioned by Sony.
QuoteIt's based on this upcoming book, which he foreworded.Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin (Moneyball, The Social Network) are developing Console Wars as a feature film to be directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Knocked Up, Superbad). Rogen and Goldberg are also writing the screenplay. Harris is serving as Executive Producer, and is also co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg producing as well.
QuoteI am so confused.Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.
In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about videogames and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo.
The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan.
Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars is the underdog tale of how Kalinske miraculously turned an industry punchline into a market leader. It's the story of how a humble family man, with an extraordinary imagination and a gift for turning problems into competitive advantages, inspired a team of underdogs to slay a giant and, as a result, birth a $60 billion dollar industry.
02 February 2014 - 11:16 AMPart 1 of what many of us consider the pinnacle of Sonic came out 20 years ago today. Anyone going to play it today in lieu of the Commercial Bowl?