Tales from The Game Grid Issue #34

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Dreamcast 20th Anniversary

Throughout video game history the final console for a company is barely ever mentioned or hardly given any kind of mainstream attention (like the semi-final Atari 7800 and later the Jaguar; or even the CD-i, although to be fair that latter console was the only one Philips ever did), but in the case of Sega their last hurrah as a console maker was one for the history books, and just as important was a console that helped add new innovations that are commonplace in the industry today.

That’s right Arcaders, I’m talking about none other than…

The Dreamcast!

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And despite the behind-the-scenes drama that had been occurring in Sega of America at the time, they still managed to put out a system that was truly “ahead of its time”.

Although it was Sega’s last hurrah as a hardware maker, a great deal of positive things came out of the fallout, namely the end of the antagonistic rivalry between Sega and Nintendo.  Once Sega became a third-party developer their mascot Sonic the Hedgehog ended up on Nintendo’s Gamecube as well as on the Game Boy Advance, to say nothing of Sega’s other titles making their way to the Playstation 2 and Xbox.  While it is impressive seeing Sega’s games on Sony and Microsoft’s consoles, there is something about seeing Sega games on Nintendo’s systems – namely Sonic – that feel more natural.  In many ways, it feels as if though while Sonic is third-party, he fits in with Nintendo’s own in-house characters as if though he was always a part of them, which he had been but on the opposite side. Now that isn’t the case anymore, and for those of us who remember, we can now have the best of both worlds, and with the Sonic & Mario Olympic games and of course the recent Super Smash Bros. titles – from Brawl to Ultimate – Sonic definitely has a place with Nintendo fans.

And of course, the online aspects – being able to play against other players across the internet as well as access other things related to the game company – was a novel concept that ended up becoming mainstream with all game systems today.

In all, Dreamcast did indeed leave one indelible mark on the game industry, and it was a mark that had incredible ramifications across the board.

So thank you Sega for giving us a console that, while it was a last hurrah, it did give you all one amazing send-off as a hardware maker and begin a new chapter as a third-party developer.

It’s thinking…!

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season One Quick Review

Age of Resistance season one is a marvelous blend of CGI and master puppet work but more than that it’s a great story and prequel to the original 1982 movie that fills in some information that the film never had time to address. I feel that Jim Henson would have been proud of how this show ended up.

The story starts years before the original movie. We find out that The Skeksis are tasked by Mother Aurgra to protect The Crystal of Truth while she goes on a journey through the stars. The Skeksis trick Aurgra into thinking that they will do so but they only use the crystal to prolong their life. Once the crystal stops giving them this power The Skeksis find a new way to accomplish this goal and start putting a plan into action. Meanwhile, The Gelflings are all split into different clans and serve the Skeksis as Lords of the Crystal. Once the main cast of Gelflings find out about the Skeksis secret they try to rally the clans to fight back.

Though I will admit the beginning of the season is a little slow and some what confusing with several different and seemingly unconnected story lines. However once the storylines connect the series finally gets real interesting. I also certainly can’t wait till season two as the ending of the first season left more questions unanswered as well as more connections to the original movie unexplained. Here’s hoping I won’t have to wait long.

Fingers- Video Games Music Video From 1982!

Hey Arcaders! RayGunn Here, Bringing you another arcade video. It’s funny- when you type in video game music videos on YouTube, you never know what you will get! I don’t remember this one on MTV! The song comes from their 1982 album of the same name.

This song is catchy- I wanna to listen to the rest of this album! anyone who knows anything about this band, let me know in the comments below!

Keep’ playin’ like It’s 1981!