Wednesday, 24 October 2007

The Sega Logo Project

This video has been posted all over the place now, but I just can't not post this here. The Sega logo at the start of every Mega Drive game was possibly one of the main reasons the Sega brand became so well known. You ask any casual gamer who was raised in the 16-bit era, and they'll likely tell you they used to have "a Sega" rather than "a Mega Drive". Well this video has 143 different game intros of the Sega logo, even some from the Mega CD, 32X and Game Gear.

Almost all of them do something unique with it, ranging from tech demo like special effects to the game's main star interacting with it (with the best example being Vectorman, which actually let you control the character, jumping and shooting at it for as long as you please) and even some unique screams of the brand name (such as the Jurassic Park one with a T-Rex growling 'SEGUUUAHH!"). Some games even had more than one that would play at random each time you switch on the system (For example: Eternal Champions and Bonkers). These didn't just come from Sega's own games either, as all the third parties joined in on the trend too, giving the Mega Drive versions of multi format games something unique over the Super Nintendo or Amiga versions. This was in the days before consoles would have their own specific logo which would play every time you turn on the system. It's a real shame this individuality was lost to slapping a flat logo that sits on the screen for a few seconds with all the copyright details. Enjoy this wonderful display of what made Sega special in the early 90's.

Oh, and just in case there's a game within the video that you can't quite name, InfiniteContinues, the creator of the video has posted a entire list of the games featured.

P.S: There is also a website called Whip Ass Gaming who did a whole collection of animated GIFs of the Sega logos(many with the sounds too) which can be viewed HERE. Funnily enough both are called "The Sega Logo Project". How great (Sega Fanboy) minds think alike =)

Monday, 22 October 2007

Sega Fanart showcase: Ristar

Considering Ristar only had the one game on the Mega Drive, there sure is a lot of nice fan art of the character floating around on DeviantArt (a majority of them are coming from one artist, mind you). The game itself was one of the true gems from Sega's 16-bit days, and one of the best platformers from that era.

Ristar by ~Izaart

More after the jump.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

'Sega Gals' Capsule Figures

As many who know me may well know, I'm one of those sad gits that has a room littered with not only games, but toys of said games. I posted an article at the Dreamcast Junkyard a while back about a few of the Sega related ones I have, but just today I got four new ones sent through the post, as much as I have been trying to A) sell any figures I don't want anymore and B) stop buying the darn things because I'm running out of space. I couldn't resist these one though.

These are four of the 'Sega gals' series of little Capsule Toy figure type things. There is about 12 of them in total to collect, and this guy on Ebay had the lot of them, but to be honest I didn't recognize some of them because I don't play many RPG's (or any RPG's, for that matter), so I just bidded on the ones I know well. There was also one of Sarah from Virtua Fighter that I was gonna have but I got outbid on it, and the Golden Axe one was kind of tempting but it wasn't anything special. These were my four favorites.

More after the jump!

Friday, 5 October 2007

Sega Fanart showcase: Alex Kidd

This week I'm gonna look into fan art of Alex Kidd, the Ex-Sega mascot and Master System favorite. Give us a new Alex Kidd game Sega! You know, if you're not too busy.

Alex In The Sun by ~igrec

Alex Kidd: Petit Copter by ~UpaUpa

Alex Kidd by *illeoh

Alex Kidd 2005 by *Sarumaru

Alex Kidd by ~lordwong

Antonis and Alex by ~devilove