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Shenmue and the success of ‘playing life’

As human beings with busy lives, errands, obligations, and chores, there is something enthralling about sitting down and playing a game that features errands, obligations, and chores. That was Shenmue. For those too young to remember SEGA’s hit open-world action-adventure video game for Dreamcast in 1999, Shenmue featured a young hero (you) by the name of Ryo Hazuki, who traversed …

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The best old-school web-based games

Whilst 2017 has seen plenty of next-gen console disappointments like Mass Effect: Andromeda, most of us will know how it’s those retro games that offer failsafe gaming entertainment. And in particular, it’s old web-based games that feature clunky pixelated graphics and pretty basic gameplay that never fails to amuse. So here’s a look back over some of those great web-based …

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Will Switch users be rewarded with an Ecco the Dolphin reboot?

The Nintendo Switch has been an instant hit, with over 2.4 million units sold already since the release date of early March this year. These staggering sales are, of course, in part down to the fact that this product is a total innovation in the gaming world. But it is also due to the fact that the developers are preying …

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Was SEGA’s foray into real-money gaming ahead of its time?

While some gamers may be surprised to learn that Sega once played host to a real-money online casino, it’s not that much of a stretch when you consider that the gaming giant has a rich history of creating titles associated, one way or another, with iGaming. From the mechanical gambling pachinko machines of Japanese arcades the company produced in the …

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Castlevania: Bloodlines – The greatest overlooked Genesis platformer?

With Sega’s iconic blue mascot celebrating his 25th anniversary last year, the company’s upcoming release of Sonic Mania – a project entrenched deep in fan service – has once again brought 2D sidescrollers to the fore. Not since the release of Shovel Knight back in June 2014 has the collective appetite of players been so hungry for their fix of nostalgia-soaked …

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Taking a look at some of the best Genesis games

Getting hold of a game is a simple process today. Just hop on to a platform like Steam and you can purchase and download the game to your PC or console instantly, using any number of payment gateways available. Rewind 30 years, and it wasn’t as straightforward as it is now. You would have to queue outside your local game store …

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SEGA’s forgotten casino gaming attempts

Whilst every avid SEGA gamer knows about iconic titles like Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe and Altered Beast, there are plenty lesser known corners of the SEGA universe. Alongside much-missed icons like Earthworm Jim and Toejam and Earl, the company have also given us the pleasure of hitting up some pretty decent casino simulations. Although it’s pretty easy nowadays for …

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RPGs we’re dying to play in 2017

Last year was a great year for RPGs, and it’s looking as though 2017 could be even better. SEGA is boasting an incredible line-up of role-playing games while another impressive looking title is coming from a more unexpected source. It’s going to be a busy time for fans of the genre, and here are a few RPGs we can’t wait to …

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Preview: A Conversation with Greg Johnson by Blake J. Harris

[Editor’s note: This interview was first published inMega Visions Issue #1, which was published on Nov. 15, 2016. To read the full interview, you can purchase the issue by navigating to www.megavisionsmag.com or by clicking one of the app store links at the bottom of this article.] By Blake J. Harris ToeJam & Earl, SEGA’s beloved 1991 Genesis game, garnered a cult …

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