2017 is a big year for former rivals Mario and Sonic, as Mario recently saw the release of Mario Odyssey and Sonic has Sonic Forces releasing today. While reviews for Sonic Forces are still in-progress, it is looking like while Mario is seeing a strong consensus that his game is great, Sonic is looking at a very mediocre reception. Why is this and how can Sonic learn from Mario? Let’s find out!
Never mind. No we don’t.
Everybody is writing about this fucking game, so here is our required article. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to buy No Man’s Sky today!
Hey guys! So a new Dreamcast game is out, and we’re here with our Totally Original Review! That’s right, we played the game (a new game for the Dreamcast?? WHAT IS THIS 1999?!?) and now we are here with our real thoughts on the game. Can’t wait to tell you all what we thought of this game we played.
It’s finally here! Hucast’s long-awaited vertical shmup has finally shipped, and represents another chapter in the Dreamcast’s long and distinguished career as a console that just will not die. Here, in 2015 is a brand new game, complete with a manual and a DVD-style case that would not look out of place nestled amongst the other hi-def indie gems in any current gen system’s library. But let’s not jump the gun (ghost?).
With last night’s announcement of Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter came much jubilation from fans across the internet. Today, as Shenmue fans awake to a new reality where Shenmue III is happening thanks to the project already reaching its $2M goal, there is a feeling of both excitement and uncertainty.
While Shenmue III is very much a project spearheaded by Yu Suzuki and his Ys Net company, SEGA retains the rights to the franchise and at the time of this story are only involved in an IP holding capacity. As such, SEGA continues to operate as they have been on social networks, promoting upcoming titles like SEGA 3D Classics, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, Yakuza 5, and upcoming PC and console titles from internal developers Sports Interactive, Relic and The Creative Assembly. “I follow SEGA on Twitter and Facebook,” one Shenmue fan tells us, “whenever I saw a new post from SEGA, I’d do what any sensible fan would and wrote ‘WHERE DA FUCK IS SHENMUE 3 SEGA?!’.” Now, however, with the Kickstarter’s announcement, that fan (who wishes to remain anonymous) is grappling with what exactly to do now. “Yeah, I still like SEGA, Valkyria Chronicles was fun and Alien: Isolation was my favorite game last year. But now, I’m not sure how to respond to SEGA’s posts.”
Anonymous is not alone, as other fans we have spoken to including Jason Senhouse of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania are grappling with the same problem. “I saw the announcement of Tembo, and being a big Game Freak fan I wanted to say something, so I replied ‘jesus christ SEGA why not spend this money on shenmue 3 the fans want it and ur wasting money on this shit’, but now, I’m not sure what I’ll say to future posts about the game.” In our conversations with Anonymous, Jason, and other fans we’ve seen the same story play out of mixed emotions of elation and disorientation. While these fans do not represent the fanbase as a whole, what were a loud, disruptive, and often times incredibly annoying group are now venturing into a new frontier. Jason S. spoke of his hopes for the future: “I’m really excited for the third game, but I did note that Suzuki said ‘continuation’ and not ‘conclusion’, so maybe we need to get the word out on Shenmue IV? I don’t know, I guess I’ll see how people usually reply to Facebook posts, though I’m not exactly sure what you’re supposed to write when there isn’t a Shenmue game to ask for.”
After plenty of rumors, SEGA has officially announced that Sonic Booms — a video game collaboration between Sonic The Hedgehog mastermind Takashi Iizuka and fast food franchise owner Guillermo del Taco — has been cancelled. “SEGA is committed to new Sonic The Hedgehog titles,” the publisher told The Mafia, “however the embryonic Sonic Booms project developed with Guillermo del Taco and featuring the likeness of Del Taco spokesman Gregg Binkley will not be continued.”
The announcement comes soon after it was revealed that B.M., a free interactive teaser for the game, would be pulled from the Ouya store this coming Wednesday. Binkley, meanwhile, who was set to star in the game, tweeted yesterday that he was “super bummed” about the game’s then-rumored cancellation. Sonic Booms was first announced last August.
A Young Boy with No Gaming Experience Played Sonic ’06 and What Happened Next Will Change How You View the Game
Cody Mcclelland grew up in a non-gaming household. His mom, Karen Mcclelland, said on her blog Stories from Mommydom that it wasn’t that the family was restrictive. It was just that Cody “never asked to play games and didn’t seem to have an interest”. However, on his 10th birthday Cody asked for an Xbox 360. “I was shocked that Cody wanted a game machine, but I really didn’t see a problem with it”, said his mom, and so Cody received the console he asked for and a selection of games from GameStop. “The Gamestops store had a buy three get one free sale, so we went for games we thought Cody might like”, his mom wrote, and the games Cody ended up with included Viva Pinata, Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts, Lego Star Wars, and Sonic the Hedgehog. From Karen’s blog post, she said that “Cody was loving the games, but when he got to Sonic the Hedgehog, something shocked me.”
The world of mobile casino gaming is a relatively new one but it’s definitely one that is really popular. According to Juniper Research report last year, the prediction is that by 2017, the global value of wagers placed on mobiles will total more than $100 billion. Whereas you used to have to download casino software onto your pc or laptop to play casino games at home, now all you need is an appropriate gaming app.
So why do so many people like to do their casino gaming while they’re on their smartphone? First, of course, is the convenience factor. You don’t have to be in a certain place, as you would with a pc. You might have five minutes to kill while waiting for an appointment or to meet a friend. Waiting time flies when you’re being entertained. The most popular casino games on the mobile tend to be the simplest ones, like slots, where as a player you don’t need quiet to concentrate. All you have to do is decide how much to bet per spin, so you can make that decision in a crowded commuter train or in a doctor’s waiting room, it makes no difference.
Of course, it’s long been a possibility to game on your phone, but playing for real cash adds an extra level of excitement to the games that you play. You never know, you could go for a night out but come home with more money than you went out with as you got lucky with a few games on the journey home!
For many people who enjoy cash gaming while they’re out and about, the fact that you can use place sports bets on the move as well is a real bonus. Companies like bet365 offer both facilities to their customers, with a mobile gaming app that includes all the casino favourites such as slots, blackjack and roulette and mobile access to their sports book, too. The best thing about mobile sports betting is that you can place live in-play bets wherever you are, which is great news for those times when you’re watching a match in the pub and want to have a quick punt on the final score, or you’re stuck on the way home and haven’t got your bets on yet for the evening’s match.
The apps are all designed to make us play on our mobiles more, of course, as companies try to capture the growing market. You’ll find that there are plenty of mobile-only promos and bonuses to take advantage of when you download a gaming app. The important thing to remember, as with any form of gambling, is that you should never play with money that you can’t afford to manage comfortably without. Set yourself a limit on how often and by how much you’ll top up your gambling account and don’t be tempted to break your own rules.
Anyway, if you have no cash left available to play and it’s not time for you to top up the account yet, you can always switch to some of the free gaming apps instead.