Senior Localization Producer Patrick Riley called into The 404 this week to talk with us about MadWorld, the new M-rated Wii game from Sega that has raised the eyebrows of media watchdog agencies such as the NIMF. Together we discuss the responsibilities that parents must endure when it comes to M-rated gaming, and how education about the ESRB's rating system needs to have a more public presence.
This week brings us a classic platforming game from 1988 along with a space-aged side-scrolling shooter.WiiWare "Gradius ReBirth" (Konami, 1,000 Wii points): Enjoy this revamped classic side-scrolling shooter through various levels of alien-blasting fun. Choose your weapons wisely, this kind of action isn't for the faint of heart. Virtual Console "Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars" (1988, Sega Master System, 500 Wii points): Take a trip back to 1988 in this classic platforming title. Help Alex Kidd collect the 12 missing zodiac signs in various environments and levels.
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It's been quite some time since the glory days of the arcade light-gun shooter. One of the franchises that rested comfortably atop the seemingly endless list of such games was House of the Dead by Sega.
Surely anyone who has spent any time at an arcade is familiar with the name, including the various sequels that followed after the 1996 original. Since then, House of the Dead has found its way onto the home console, debuting in 1998 on the Sega Saturn.
Thanks to the unique control style of the Nintendo Wii, Sega has found a new home for … Read more
Jeff, Justin and Wilson start the show off right today with a SNL Christopher Walken reference. Always a great way to start the day. Getting into actual stories, we chat about ways to actually sleep. Tip #1: Sleep when you are tired. iTunes launches an indie music store. Gore Verbinski decides to make a video game based on Clue. And yes, people stalk their exes online.EPISODE 287 Download today's podcast… Read more
Jeff, Justin, and Wilson start the show off right today with a SNL Christopher Walken reference. Always a great way to start the day. Getting into actual stories, we chat about ways to actually sleep. Tip No. 1: Sleep when you are tired. iTunes launches an indie music store. Gore Verbinski decides to make a video game based on "Clue." And yes, people stalk their exes online.EPISODE 287 Download today's podcast… Read more
In Friday's podcast, MySQL founder says goodbye to Sun, Google recruits a whole army of white-space soldiers, and Lenovo says it will focus more heavily on selling PCs in China. Also, what's Sega up to with its patent filings? And the Senate might cut funding for broadband while trying to slim down the stimulus package.
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If you've read the Digital Home for the past two years, you probably know that I hold a special place in my heart for Sega. I was always a heavy Genesis user and subsequent to that, I owned every console Sega released. That's precisely why a report from Siliconera has me excited.
According to the publication, Sega has trademarked two names, "Ringwide" and "Ringedge," as well as a logo containing rings. The trademark clearly says that the names will be used for "arcade game boards...stand alone video game machines, [or] arcade game machines with built-in screens."
So what can this mean? Obviously it's too early to tell, but some are saying that it could be Sega's return to the arcade business. I'm sure they would get excited about that, but the arcade business is a shadow of its former self. Since console gaming became a mainstay, it has lost much of its importance. I just don't see Sega investing in the arcade business.
But what if this filing is for a top-secret console the company is developing to compete with the next-generation of hardware? Will Ringwide or Ringedge take on the Wii 2, PlayStation 4, and Xbox 720?
I certainly hope so.… Read more