Thursday, November 15, 2012

Back In The Saddle




Hey there, peoples. Long time no see. Thought I'd swing by to yap a bit about current Shenmue/Sega related whatnots and maybe just rant in general for a bit. Ya know, standard internet protocol and all.





First things first. Shenmue DLC in Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit. Now you can roll around development hell via dragon mirror, whilst sporting Ryo Hazuki's haircut. Never saw that coming. There's a plethora of other Sega franchise related stuff, too, such as Skies of Arcadia, Streets of Rage, and even Kid Chameleon! Pretty cool.








Bayonetta 2 was announced, and it's Nintendo published. What a shocker!  This, of course, has given Shenmue fans hope that Nintendo would do the same with Shenmue 3. There was this tech demo at last year's E3, after all.






Seems quite Shenmue like, doesn't it? Not just for the trees, but also the overriding sense of Japanese culture throughout, and maybe even adherence to one's roots. It is kinda like Nintendo saying "WE ARE NINTENDO JAPAN. FUCK YOU AMERICAS. FUCK OFF EUROPE. SUCK A FATTY, AUSTRALIA. JAPAN MATTER ONLY!" Same ol' Nintendo, eh? Then again, Japan is getting the Wii U LAST this time around. Color me surprised.

So Shenmue 3 on Wii U, what a great idea, even with a gimmicky gamepad, hell, Shenmue utilized the DC VMU after all. Here's to hoping this comes to be, for then I'd have a reason to buy a Wii U  other than just wanting to waste money. Bayonetta 2 is cool and all, but not quite enough for me to take the "4 Gamecubes taped together" plunge. Barring that, I'll likely buy one 15 years from now when this next coming gen is coming to a close, and you can pick one up on the cheap. Lame ass ports of PS3/360 games aren't enough enticement. ZombiiU? Norp. Haha, it's just like the big N to jump on the bandwagon too late, i.e, disc based media and HD. Even "normal" people are sick of the zombie trend at this point. Nintendoland won't cut it. It looks fun enough and all, but all the games are more or less the same thing, 4 people with Wiimotes VS the dude with the gamepad. This kind of novel thing was fun on Gamecube with titles like Pacman VS, and Zelda Four Swords, even with having to buy 4 GBA's, but you can't build an entire console around this concept. Staleness factor x 12, and it'll set in much quicker than Wiimote sickness. Mario games certainly aren't enough incentive anymore, they've really reached the bottom of the barrel there, unfortunately. A Sega VS Ninty Smash Bros MIGHT bring me back to the fold, MAYBE, but a Nintendren exclusive Shenmue 3 definitely would. I GOTTA SHUT UP ABOUT NINTENDO, SHEEIT. I could rant all the live long day about them, but know this, I am a long time Ninty fan who has just grown grizzled and disillusioned with their practices. I am the type of gamer that Reggie Fils Amie gripes about all the time. Speaking of which, perhaps Ninty should fire him and send him back to Pizza Hut to make Donkey Konga Pizza, or some shit. Make Iwata worldwide president, or at least, a more gamer friendly marketing genius as the new NOA pres. If you wanna bring back gamers, having a hardcore hater on board won't bring this about, ya know? Seriously, now, I'm shutting the fojuckfuck up, hahaa. I'm such a whiner. Waaaaa, Shenmue 3, waaaaaa, Nintendo sucks monkeyballs, etc. Then again, this is a blog, what else do you do on blogs other than whine? A SHENMUE blog, no less, so whining is just what the fuck we do. YAP.

Speaking of whining and back on topic, many fans bitched loud and hard about Bayonetta 2 for something other than 360/psn, and yes, I have seen a couple folks decrying the idea of Shenmue 3 for Wii U, but I assure you, they are the MINORITY.  I waited in line all night freezing my balls off for the Wii, when the WeYou comes out in three days, I will not be doing the same. Bring that shit to your new console and I will be yours once again, Nonty.





I bought Jet Set Radio HD the day it came out, and swiftly remembered that I never really cared for the controls. The controls aren't bad, per se, more like they're just not where I want them. I've always really dug the game, though, it has a lot of zip to it.

Some game reviewers are ragging on Sega for not updating the controls, but think about if they had changed them. Everyone would be whining about it like we did with Sonic 4. In a perfect world, they'd have old and new controls, but that would have likely cost way too much money, involving changing too much code. This isn't a re-imagining, it's a glorified re-release, and I think they made the right decision, even though I myself would have preferred new controls. Here's to hoping we get a Jet Set 3 with old controls for those that prefer it, and new and improved controls for everyone else. Variety FTW.






Nights HD. Bought it to support the idea of Sega making more HD re-releases, also, I never really played much of Nights before. Shocking, I know. I'VE NEVER SEEN E.T. EITHER. Anyhow, the one review I have read for it, via Ian Bonds for D-Toid, had a problem with having to read the in game instruction manual to know how to play correctly. Come on, brother, seriously? There's a reason why instruction manuals these days tend to be 3 pages long, such as neo Mortal Kombat. Games haven't always had built in tutorials, ya know? I would think they could have had someone familiar with the series, if not an outright fan of it write a review, but it appears there is none. Perhaps everyone else was too busy sucking off Borderlands 2. It almost seems like they're making a statement of some kind to Sega by letting them know what the average kid these days will think of their game, perhaps because the older fans will buy it anyway? More of a statement than your run of the mill review, anyway, seeing as how all reviews are "statements" of sorts. Maybe even an anti-statement, whatever the frakk that might be. Hey, I'm just pulling stuff out of my ass here.

The reviewer kind of takes a dump on the game, yet gives it a 7, which is still borderline respectable, and in my eyes, at least, means it's a definite rental, but when he talks about how much fun he WASN'T having, a seven seems awfully high. He even opens the review with DREAMS? NIGHTMARES. And yet still ranks the game as good. I haven't read any more of his reviews, yet, but maybe he just doesn't want to bathe in the flames of his supposed dissension like Jim Sterling would do. I suppose review scores are oh so relative, but in this case, i think it poorly reflects the reviewer's own thoughts and words about it. I'm thinking way too much about this shit, haha. What I mean to say is I feel like it deserved just a bit more attention as a classic game. Just a tad more werewithal, I guess, from someone who played, not necessarily loved, the original. I guess us old timey bastards don't matter anymore, eh? Out with the old, in with the new, and all that. Can't really blame anyone too much for that, that's just how the world seems to work. Haha, I'm really not all that old, even! And in a world where people just keep getting older, and older, until eventually we're all 300 year old cyborgians, I don't even know where this ignorance of older stuff will even go from here. Already, I feel like such a cranky old fuck. And ya know what just randomly? I can't stand retro reviews by people that weren't even born when said games came out. You don't have the proper frame of reference. If you weren't around for its debut, than you have not a proper perspective on it, and if your perspective is skewed in such a way, it's worthless, so please, just stop. This kind of thing should only be entertained hundreds of years after the fact, when it's as if being discovered anew or something. I don't wanna hear some snot nosed brat on Youtube yob off about how pointless Metroid is, or why anyone would wish to play text based adventure games. Shut your mouf, child. "But, Mr. Stare! What about Nights HD, that's a retro review?", you might say, yet Nights HD is kind of a director's cut of sorts, and it should be reviewed by someone with a proper frame of reference, if at all. Am I overreacting? Possibly, haha, but we'll see how some of you feel 80 years from now when your great-great-great grandcousin's nephew's teacher's pen pal reviews modern classics like Deadly Premonition and Persona 4, then says "WHAT THE SHIT IS THIS STUPID PILE OF FUCK?!?!?"







There's a rumor that there might be a new Ecco the Dolphin coming at some point. Ed Annunziata has said that he's going to meet with Sega regarding a possible sequel. This would be great, I love Ecco the Dolphin! This whole time I never realized Ed created Mr. Bones, so I hope they also talk about that virtually unknown classic and Chakan, as those need sequels, as well. Those three games are a holy Sega trifecta, right there. Maybe we'll see them in the next Sega and Sonic All Stars Racing Transmogrified?







I've been playing a lot of The Pinball Arcade lately, and one of the newest tables available as DLC, is Harley Davidson, by SEGA of all people! I guess somewhere in the back of my head I knew, but I never fully realized that Sega even made pinball, but they actually had two separate "eras" in which they made them. 72-78 and 94-99, at least according to Wikipedia, anyway, which will have to do for now, seeing as how even Sega themselves aren't even exactly sure about their own history, or even if they still have their own source code, but whatever.

I love the idea of Sega pinball! I guess you could say they made the first Goldeneye game, a year before Rare's all time classic.  There's some trivia for ya. Too bad they didn't make very many machines. In '99 they sold all pinball assets and rights to Stern, run by ex Sega employee Gary Stern, the son of a long time Williams Electronics president, Gary Stern. I guess that kinda makes him video game royalty of sorts. He then, in turn, formed Stern Pinball, which, as I just mentioned, allowed Farsight Studios to recreate the Harley Davidson table, and are still making awesome tables as we speak! I'd love to eventually see South Park and Baywatch tables in The Pinball Arcade at some point, or anywhere for that matter. I've never really been all that vested in pinball, namely 'cause as a kid I sucked at it, and couldn't bare to waste precious quarters on just watching the ball drain, so I just watched others play when I could, but lately I've been bitten by the pinball bug. Especially old games, just hearing some of those sounds brings me back to all the time spent as a wee boy being babysat by arcades, aaaaaahhhhhhhhh.  A sentimental old fool, I be. Here's a vid of Sega's (Sonic makes an appearance) Baywatch, Goldeneye, and a pic of one of their older machines entitled "Woman-Lib." Haha, good ol' Sega!



















So no Ryo Hazuki in Transformed? That's alright, there's still tons of other awesome shit in there with plenty of fan service to be had. So instead of a day one buy for me, I was gonna wait and see, but after seeing this vid, I'm definitely getting it. For PS3, if anyone wishes to hit me up on there. Send me an email for a friend invite if you're so inclined. I stopped buying Live a long time ago. What's the point when you can play on PS3 for free?






It looks like Anarchy Reigns is finally getting released outside Japan. Cools. And for 30 bucks! I dug Madworld. I'll definitely be picking this up. Partly because it looks fun enough, but mainly to support the idea of Sega *cough* not abandoning their games.





VF characters in DOA 5. It's cool to see this happen, but since I've never been a big DOA guy, I'll pass and just play the new VF 5 instead. HOWEVER, the director, Yosuke Hayashi, has stated that he would like to put Ryo Hazuki in the game, and if that happens, I'll be all over it like a pooch on a peanut butter poon-pie







iOS Crazy Taxi has original soundtrack? Seriously? Well, at least one version does. Might as well be the version I will never buy............






 I've recently gotten my 360 un-red-ringed (it's been that way for about a year, I just haven't really given much of a pooppinanny to get it fixed, not with a perfectly good and working PS3 by my side), and since I had bought Outrun Online on the last day it was available on the Live website (I obviously couldn't connect the right and proper way), it was there for the playing right away, along with Guardian Heroes HD! I've had Splash Wave stuck in my head ever since. Got it as my alarm clock song, well switching back and forth between that and George Lam's Man of Determination.

So I was checking out a buddy of mine's somewhat recent blog posts over at Phantomfullforce, I noticed he had embedded videos of multiple people doing covers of Splash Wave, and he suggests playing them all simultaneously, which I did. Holy Christ in a cracker, that shit was nuts! To check it out yourself, go here. It's at the bottom of the post.







So any of you still doing the Shenmue tweetathon? I am. It might not seem like much, but every little bit counts. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then just click on the entire month of July here at my blog. Here's an unused take for a video I made during my summer video tyrade. See if you can figure out why I didn't use it, haha. Still, the gentleman gave it his all, and I find this vid quite entertaining. Hopefully you get something out of it, as well. See you on the third!







And lastly, I'll leave you with this amazing rendition of Let's Go Away by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi. I can't believe I've never seen this 'til now. Thanks for posting it on your blog, Cm0use!





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#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The End Of An Era



3 years, 3 months, and 3 days. That's how many days straight I've been doing this, and today is the last. The last in that run, that is, because I still plan on keeping this blog going, just on more of an intermittent level. Such as when I make videos for Team Yu/Shenmue500k, and whenever I fucking feel like it, really, haha. Just not every day. Too much of a pain in the ass. Ya know, I haven't even eaten, defecated, showered, or slept every day for the last 3 years, but you know what I have done each day? THIS. Why? I wanted to lead by example, but I might as well have just bungee jumped into a live volcano in my birthday suit for all the good it's done, hahaha.

So what will the future bring? Probably no more Haiku/Senryu, as it got old a long time ago. For me, anyway. My first month or so of Shenmue Staring, I wrote short little articles of sorts. I then realized that I'd run out of shit to rant about real quick, so I started filling in with Haiku, or "Pseudo Haiku" for all the snobfappers out there. Easy enough and all that. I even utilized punctuation in them, which apparently is frowned upon amongst hardcore Haiku enthusiasts. AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHY I DID IT. Over time that spread out to different genres of Haiku, such as the Hajime Satomi and Unforgettable sub genres.







Speaking of Hajime Satomi, here's a video of him at a banquet. He seems a bit out of place, being one of the only suits not grinning like a tool. You get a slight impression of what he must be like, and how he's attained the success he's got. He kinda sounds like a bad motherfucker, if you ask me. Like the Japanese godfather. Samurai godfather. I'd like to think that if he saw my poorly made photoshops of his noggin, he'd laugh his ass off, but not just any old laugh, more like this is the only way he is able to kind of laugh. It's not easy being Satomi san.

Haiku? Senryu? Pseudo Haiku? Syllables? Moras? Whatever you wanna call 'em, I never really gave much of a shit. I went by 575 formula. Straight and simple. I even tried a format of my own where I would do 17 lines instead of syllables, each line having syllables to match its number. Starting at 1, I'd go to 9, then back down to 1. The 9th line, being the heart of it, stated its purpose. These were actually a lot of fun to write! Try it out! I've also done what I call hat-trick Haiku, which is just three Haiku together. These were pretty fun, too. I was gonna make a 17 Haiku long piece about Shenmue, I just remembered it now, actually, haha. I'll probably finish it at some point. For the most part, though, poetry just goes right over my head. I just needed some structure to help things along.

Will I make more videos? For sure. Except now I won't have any time constraints, so I can concentrate more on quality than quantity. I have some crazy stuff planned, so in time, I guess we'll just see how it goes. Videos are always fun to make, there's just something about altering space and time that's so uplifting!

So it's been fun, this blog has kept me...sharper? Considering I was drunk half the time, I did alright. I adhered to my own standard, and really worked my ass off on this blog. Sometimes I would sit there for hours trying to force something I liked, and then last minute, boom. How much can one say about one game, ya know? A few days there I had to keep running to the bathroom to pee out of my butthole, while it took me hours to do a simple photoshop. So all in all, a nice creative exercise, haha! I kinda feel like I'm getting released from incarceration. And yes, I do know what that feels like, unfortunately. 3 years gone. Time fuckin' flies.

I was planning on telling an unrelated story about me, kinda seemed like the right thing to do at this point, but I'm all out of time. Maybe tomorrow. HaHaha.


Here's a Shenmue slot machine game, suddenly at the end. YAP.






Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tribute



Dear SEGA,

Just look at this vid!!!
How can you still deny us
a Shenmue HD?

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Clothes Make The Message



Dear SEGA,

Lots of time has lapsed
since Shenmue 2 was released.
And we wait for more...

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Special thanks to Antored and her communicative skills!

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hip De Hot Dog



Dear SEGA,

Bring back Tom's Hot Dogs!
Give him his own game if you
can't make Shenmue 3!!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Special thanks to Haleyjujah and her moveset!

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Monday, July 30, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Eagerly You Will Succumb



 Dear SEGA,

Make Shenmue 3, or
#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense!
You sons o' bitches!!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Special thanks to Mr. Marcus's crazy ass!

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Notes



Dear SEGA,

Need a reminder?
Ha! Probably not, but hey,
here's one anyway.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Thanks to Sammylicious for the photo!

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ecklot's Endorsement



Dear SEGA,

Banners of the world!
The signs all point to
you giving him the license!!

Sincerely Yours, 
Just Another Shenmue Fan. 


Thanks to Ecklot for the video!

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hypermedia




Dear SEGA,

A third Shenmue is
not an impossible dream.
No dream ever is.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Seaside Soakage



Dear SEGA,

You're gonna have to
knock us out to shut us up.
Elbow Assault style!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Heartache



Dear SEGA,

Just look at that face!
Alleviate suffering
and listen to us!!


Sincerely Yours, 
Just Another Shenmue Fan. 


#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Lip-Synch



Dear SEGA,

Lip synching's hard, man!
Especially when you can't
make out any words!!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Thanks to DJ Emotion for the vid!

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Friday, July 6, 2012

Undertook



Dear SEGA,

We'll keep making em
if you keep ignoring us.
Shall we flood Youtube?

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Yearning At The Colosseum



Dear SEGA,

The Colosseum!
Of all the things to do there,
but hey...when in Rome...

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Special thanks to giuliusceasar for the photo.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Eastern Promo



Dear SEGA,

Does the location
look familiar to you?
How 'bout the sign, then?

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Special thanks to Fertilitycoach for the photo.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vowed



Dear SEGA,

Everybody and
their horses are into it.
You can't ignore us.

Special thanks to Kajal the dancing horse!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Monday, July 2, 2012

Implicit Haiku



Dear SEGA,

Do you feel compelled
to give Yu the license yet?
Oh, but you soon will.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Goading Month Of Desiderata



Dear SEGA,

Beginning today.
#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense
for a whole month straight!!!

Special thanks to Sammylicious for the picture.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Damn, That Cake Looks Good



Dear SEGA,

'Tis my birthday, but
I will not take a day off.
SHENMUE FOREVER!!!

Cake made by Florentine Pastry Shop Friday Oct. 7, 2011 on Bleecker Street in Utica... to be exact. Randomly found on the internet, as I'm not cool enough for a cake like this, haha.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shing!



Dear SEGA,

Listen to the man!
It's not every day you get
such solid advice.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

#GiveYuTheShenmueLicense

Video by Esalaah

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sega Vision







Dear SEGA,

Sega sunglasses?
I don't know why these exist,
but thanks anyway.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Different Ryo



Dear SEGA,

Let me take a guess.
The J region Transformed will
have him in it, too...

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Junior



Dear SEGA,

I need some good times!.
Make Shenmue 3 and we would
all be DYN-O-MITE!!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Age Of Majority



Dear SEGA,

Sonic's all grown up!
It's about time you kicked him
out of the house, eh?

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Shaolin Kickers



Dear SEGA,

Sports Interactive
should make Shaolin Soccer games.
It would be awesome!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stooge



Dear SEGA,

I'll squeeze the cider
out of your adam's apple!
Just make the damn game!!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Shenmue Splurging Spree



Dear SEGA,

Are you sure you don't
want to splurge on Shenmue 3?
'Cause you can, ya know...

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Nagoshi San




What better way to celebrate the man's birthday, but to kick back with a couple beers and watch some of his interviews buggily transcribed by youtube's audio transcribe beta? None! That's what.

Click on CC, then click on transcribe audio, and then translate captions. It can be a royal pain in the ass to click on the right thing, but just mess around with it and you'll get it. Some of these already have English voice translations, so just turn the volume all the way down or something.

I love fucking my brain up with this kind of shit, and Nagoshi just makes it even better. Enjoy.







This last vid only translates about half the speech. Damned betas.

Well appointed old man. Hahaha!


Edit: Tokyo Jungle is currently the number one game in the world.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

WWYAHDS?!



Dear SEGA,

When will you announce
High-definition Shenmue?
TOMORROW, FUCKERS.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Gloppening



Dear SEGA,

I, too, made this face
the day the Dreamcast perished.
I'm sure many did.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda



Dear SEGA,

Would you make it, please?
The cliffhanger's burned into
all our memories.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Art by: Sega-Club-Tikal

Friday, June 8, 2012

Happiness Upgrade



Dear SEGA,

Make Shenmue 3 and
receive happiness upgrade.
HAPPINESS UPGRADE.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Art by: Chris

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Special Favor



Dear SEGA,

Bless us yet again.
Shenmue was a blessing for
gamers everywhere.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Art by: Alex Owens

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

E3 2012 In Full Effect



Dear SEGA,

Just when exactly
does your E3 event start?
Or don't you have one?

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan

Monday, June 4, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

93%



Dear SEGA,

Only 2 songs short.
Quite nice! Though, you should have left
out Dragula, too.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Mojang Dude



Dear SEGA,

You should contact Notch
about collaborating.
Make a puzzle game!

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reunion



Dear SEGA,

Xiuying and Ziming
have to be reunited!
It has to happen.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Cave




SEGA teaming up with Double Fine is very good news indeed. Rather surprising news, at that! I hope they both make the best of it. Though, when I think of caves and SEGA, I can't help but think of this.

Cliffhanging in a cave. (Not the talking, funny kind, either.)


During the recent Kickstarter campaign for Double Fine Adventure, I made a donation of 100 dollars just so I could get my name in the credits, (not just that, the game, and the rewards were enticing, too) so of course I made my name "Make Shenmue 3, SEGA!" I hope they leave it in, as I'll get a chuckle every time I play it, I'm sure. Not that it'll do any good for the Shenmue campaign, it being crammed in the end credits with 9000 other names, but it'll be good for a laugh in the years to come at least, that's for sure. It must also be said, that by the time I donated, they were already at 3 million bucks, which was above and beyond the goal of 300k. They most certainly did not need my greenbacks, so there was no altruistic intention on my part. I simply wanted to see Shenmue in another game's credits. Oh, and the chuckles.


Back to the topic at hand. The Cave is about an assortment of individuals that come to a talking cave (the game's narrator) to get a wish granted, all the while exploring their inner demons. In my mind, It sounds like it'll be a dementedly funny Fantasy Island. The gameplay is an amalgamation of Maniac Mansion, Metroid, and The Lost Vikings. Sign me the fuck up! You pick three of seven eclectic, playable characters, all of which you can switch out at any time, and go exploring each of the characters' respective areas that unlock according to who you have in your party. There are also multiple ways to accomplish tasks dependent on said chosen characters. It supports 3 player local play, as well. The magic number.

Not only does it HAVE local multiplayer, it lacks online play. I like your style, Ron Gilbert! In the Eurogamer preview I compiled all my info about this game from, he jokingly states, "Our servers will work on day one." A nice, timely, little jab at Diablo III makers, Blizzard, and the tyrannical, money munching bastards, Kotickvision.

It's always great to see SEGA support indie devs, even more awesome that they're publishing Double Fine games, and, like all Double Fine games, it's nice to see something that doesn't pander to the modern day teenage/retards in general demographic. Quite the opposite, as it seems like this is gonna be quite an amazing, little throwback, yet a leap forward at the same time, and I can't wait to play it.

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Let's Hope You Feel Better Now



Dear SEGA,

It's too bad he's dead.
He could have put you out of
your long misery...

Sincerely Yours,
Just Another Shenmue Fan.