So thought this new interview with Sega's CEO was super interesting and worthy of discussion. On the Sammy merger - which everyone has believed up to this point was a hostile take-over (according to this - it wasn't): The mentor: Isao Okawa. The guy as you may remember who gave hundreds of millions of cash and CSK stock to save Sega in the Dreamcast days. He was also the reason why the Dreamcast even happened in the first place (he wanted Sega to go out on a high-note after the failure of the Saturn). So according to this, Haruki Satomi's Father swooped in to save Sega with the blessing of and as a kind gesture to Isao Okawa - who previously wanted Sammy and their then-CEO involved. Then we have some interesting comments on Sonic - or more specifically Sonic Mania and Sonic Boom: At first, because he said "several years ago" I thought he meant Sonic 2006. But he mentions "30" on Metacritic with Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric standing at 32 and thus the only Sonic game scoring that low so he must mean Sonic Boom. So it was Sonic that spearheaded the quality-first initiative with Sonic Mania being a prime product of that - and he notes that Mania was ultra-successful, something important that he recognises, and given this is being said at the top of the company it points to a potentially bright future for Mania and similar Sonic-led initiatives. It's a really interesting interview. These are only two particular sections but it ultimately paints a picture of a bright future for Sega. The right guy is absolutely in charge here. He clearly cares, passionately so, and coming off the recent Sega arcade event with all those cool announcements like Shenmue HD it appears he's righting the ship so to speak. So thought I'd give you guys a heads up. Sega seems to be in a strong position with big ambitions for Japan and elsewhere. Hope it leads them to immense recovery and success.