Posts Tagged ‘sonic the hedgehog’

SEGA launches free gaming site – microtransactions coming

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

SEGA of America (SoA) has launched a new gaming and community-based site full of free-to-play pixel goodness just in time for the holidays.

Both Mac and PC users have full access to the new free service at PlaySEGA, self described as “a mini web game portal” giving SEGA fans a wide range of titles to choose from.  Right now these games spread across almost every genre including arcade, word, card, puzzle, quiz and sports games.

A highlight of the PlaySEGA portal includes ‘Brain Assist’, a title initially developed for the Nintendo DS, along with ‘Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games’, originally a mobile phone game, which features SEGA’s long standing mascot of mayhem: Sonic The Hedgehog.

Not wanting to be pidgeon-holed as a portal with only classic games, they’ve also tossed a few new titles in the mix including Ice Shuffle, Hollywood Adventure Quiz and Aquatic Word Burst.  And along the ‘not just another’ lines, SEGA says that they’ve included a “unique integrated system to calculate players’ highest scores,”  which then places them on an achievement leaderboard on the site.

Keeping the door open for future microtransactions, PlaySEGA players also collect PlaySEGA rings (the site’s currency) throughout the portal wide games.  Through playing various games across the site, and playing longer, users will amass Rings.  These Rings can then be used as currency for avatar customization, along with creating personal profile pages or ‘Escape Areas’ that include designs ranging from a Caribbean Villa, Haunted House, an NYC Loft, or Swiss Chalet (it’s actually an Austrian Chalet).

“SEGA fans and new gamers alike can now come together in one place and enjoy some of our most exciting vintage and new titles,” notes Nick Pili, Network Business Director at SEGA.

“There was a story out there recently that we have a locked vault full of retro SEGA classics in Japan,” added Pili. “Well it’s true – and we’ve been given full access to a lot of the properties in it.”

SEGA also plans on opening up a VIP (Very Important Player) section on PlaySEGA that will charge a small fee (what was that about microtransactions?) in order to play Mega Drive (Genesis) classics including Columns, Puyo Pop, Chu Chu Rocket, Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball Tip ‘n’ Tilt and more.

Find out more and get your retro gaming flava on at PlaySEGA.com.

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New Sonic Unleashed High Europe trailer released

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Whoa…Sonic who? Sonic the what? You’ve probably asked yourself the same question after reading the headline. But yes, Sonic is back. Sonic and Sega are back in a big way.

After the Dreamcast factory doors closed, it was pretty much the last nail in the coffin for what once was one of Sega’s most successful games: Sonic the Hedgehog. Or at least the one we all played before we got any other games, as Sonic was included.

Well it seems as though Sega is bringin’ back the old skool with some new skool skillz. Check out the trailer:

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OMFG! Did you catch that? Daaaang! THIS my friends, is what a good Sonic game should be! Super fast, almost to the point of “RUFKM? I can’t see what’s going on!” levels, brilliantly worked 3d graphics and environments (I can’t wait to see Sonic blaze through the colleseum) and the music! Yay for Sega for getting the soundtrack right (Think “I want to fly high”). Oh, and did you catch the context sensitive buttons popping up during that alley run? W00t!

Hopefully this isn’t just another Intelliscope/Microsoft, “hey let’s leak it to the public and see if they’re interested, and then deny the whole thing” ploy. Although it doesn’t look like it as the trailer teases with “Holiday 2008” at the very end.

Note to self….clear at least 3 days after Christmas to dedicate to a fury blue erinaceomorpha with his incredible speed!

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