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Sega Releases Dreamcast-era Trailer for Sonic Generations

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Sega Releases Dreamcast-era Trailer for Sonic Generations

With only about a month to go until the release of the much anticipated Sonic Generations, Sega continues to build the hype with the release of a new trailer.  The trailer depicts three stages from Sonic’s Dreamcast era (technically two, since Seaside Hill is from the post-Dreamcast Sonic Heroes), and it’s hard not to get one’s hopes up.

This finally may be the next-gen Sonic game the fans have been awaiting since Sonic Adventure 2.

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Sonic Generations Gets An Awesome Collector’s Edition…Overseas

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Sonic Generations Gets An Awesome Collector’s Edition…Overseas

All of the Sonic fans out there will be pleased to know that Sega has announced a collector’s edition for the upcoming Sonic Generations.

Just not in America.

This collection includes an individually numbered “Gold Ring”, an art book, a collectible figurine depicting both incarnations of Sonic featured in the game, a soundtrack and a documentary about Sonic through the ages.  If you’re a huge Sonic fan, or a fan of video game collectibles, this collections seems like one worth picking up.

As for whether or not something similar will make it stateside, only Sega knows.

[Source: Sega Blog]

The Pixelated Geek Staff Remembers our Favorite Blue Hedgehog!

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The Pixelated Geek Staff Remembers our Favorite Blue Hedgehog!

We’re so excited, we could curl up into a little ball and spin like a razor through the green hills and bucolic countryside.  Or maybe we’ll take a speedy trip through a carnivalesque Vegas.  Or maybe we’ll get so frenzied we’ll attack an evil, ginger scientist bent on destroying the world with his egg ship.  We have issues.  However, in honor of Sonic’s 20th birthday, a few of us staff members at Pixelated Geek took a few moments to recall our fondest and favorite memories regarding SEGA’s tent-pole mascot.  He fought valiantly in the early console wars and, though he succumbed to the might of two Italian plumbers, Sonic has never given up the fight for our adoration.  Now that he’s no longer a teenager (and can almost drink legally), we’ll sneak him a drop or two of our alcoholic and nectarine praise.  We heart you big, buddy.  Here’s our scrapbook!

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We Get Presents For Sonic’s 20th Birthday!

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We Get Presents For Sonic’s 20th Birthday!

That’s right geeks, SEGA has decided to grant us access to the Sonic Generations demo!  Act quickly as the demo is only going to be available for twenty days.  The demo will feature the newly redesigned Green Hill Zone that we all know and love.  Let’s hope this is a sign of good things to come from everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog.

In related SEGA news, Sonic is celebrating his 20th birthday!  To recognize one of gaming’s most iconic mascots, a special parade float will be part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.  Congrats to SEGA on remaining a successful company after all of these years, despite it’s ups and downs.

For full texts of both press releases, read below.

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Japan really knows how to sell a game

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Japan really knows how to sell a game

Oh Japan.  Is there no end to your cuteness, awesomeness, randomness, and, of course, weirdness? In this Japanese commercial, you’ll see young Japanese teenagers playing Sonic Free Riders for the Kinect. The commercial shows how COOOOOOOOL and AMAZING this game is! It also shows how big and clear a room needs to be to play the game.

Enjoy the stereotypical ad past the break.

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Top 5 Characters to Road Trip With

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Top 5 Characters to Road Trip With

The open road is as American as baseball, apple pie, and not caring about soccer unless it’s the Olympics or that ‘globe glass thing”  as my Grandpa called it.  We are a driving nation and few things resonate with us quite like the simple phrase “road trip”.  Now some video game characters you would never in a million years want to be in a car with.

Imagine the road rage...

Others however, would be a blast to roll with.  So here are my top five characters to road trip with.

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[E3 2010] Adventures at the Sega Booth

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[E3 2010] Adventures at the Sega Booth

James and I managed to squeeze in a little time at the Sega booth and tell you what we thought about two of their new title, Sonic Colors and Shogun 2: Total War.
Sonic Colors Thoughts
Rett’s Thoughts
I actually got to do the hands on for this Sonic, which will be releasing for the Wii/DS. The game goes in and out between 3d and 2d. I have to say I did really enjoy my time with the game. It moves really fast, whether you are playing the 3d segments or the 2d segments. The game was colorful and vibrant, and included some waggle moves to enter other segments, such as a drilling mechanic that let you fly through the dirt collecting rings.

James’ Thoughts

Its nice to see Sonic return to form, especially if its in multiple forms on multiple consoles. While Sonic 4 has gotten a brilliant amount of press, Sega’s Sonic Colors is another move in the right direction for the team. Its a solid 2d/3d Sonic platformer, switching quickly on-the-fly between the perspectives, and if you’re a Sonic fan, what you really want to know at this point is, is it fast. And yes, sweet gamer public, it is fast. It is crazy fast. And it is technically Sonic in every way, fast motion check, platforming check, fast blue Hedgehog check. The only thing I need for a complete childhood reversion is a 16-bit Sega audio byte, and a pack of Dunkaroo’s.  Thanks, Sega, its good to be back.

Shogun 2: Total War
Rett’s Thoughts
For this title we were only able to watch some footage. The game looks really good though, even in the pre-alpha stage we saw. I especially liked how they had different faces for the soldiers. Adds a little character.

James’s Thoughts

One thing that Creative Assembly does that is absolutely unparalleled in their genre-of-choice is detail. The Total War series simply wins in scope, gravity, length, and sheer authenticity, and Shogun is no different. This half-sequel, half-remake of the the previous title is a stunningly beautiful and brilliantly authentic massive RTS, and it does its forebears in the series proud. And while every aspect of the title is impressive, what struck us the most was the individual battle animations – there are currently retailing MMO’s where individual battles between 2 sprites sport less detailed animations than those between the individual units in this title (and the max unit count in this game peaks in the range of 56,000). The only thing that’s between me and this game is the fact that it won’t release until 2011. Check out more info on it at Total War’s Official Site!

Excited about the game? Not excited? Wondering if Knuckles or Tails will be playable (us too….we forgot to ask)? Let us know in the comments!

Love and Fond Thoughts and Prayers and fond memories of the splendor/battery destroyanator that was the GameGear From Rett and James @ Pixelated Geek!

Top 5 Villians in Gaming

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Top 5 Villians in Gaming
Villains. Can’t live with them, can’t live when they conquer the world and murder you. But still, we need that special someone who can light a fire in our hero, as well as get his face punched in. So here are my top five villains in gaming. (Special shout out to Bobby Kotick from Activision. So evil but alas, not digitized)

5)The Joker

I just don't understand why some people hate clowns

When Batman Arkham Asylum was first announced people were weary. Batman games haven’t exactly been great in the past. In fact many of the games make Batman and Robin look like Citizen Kane.

No lie, I loved this when I was eight.

So when the good people at Rocksteady dropped a bomb of awesomesauce all over us with the release of Batman Arkham Asylum we were, needless to say, surprised. The game was amazing from head to toe but the feature that stood out the most was Mark Hamil’s performance as The Joker. At once hilarious and terrifying his voice acting had viewers glued to the television set. Everyone knew Joker was a great villain (some may say the greatest of all time) but we hadn’t seen him fully realized in video game form. With Arkham Asylum, and the upcoming sequel, he earned a place on this list.

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