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By Dave Gilmore | April 2, 2012
News Roundup • SEGA's game division will be trimmed and restructured after an underperforming year. Specifically, SEGA of America will focus on its blue chip titles as underperforming and developing titles have been cancelled. [ Joystiq ] •Households are now spending more time using Xbox Live to listen to music and watch video than they are playing online games. One might expect that the next version of the console is going to be presented as much as a “life device” as it is a “gaming device.” [ Los Angeles Times ]
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By Dave Gilmore | April 2, 2012
News Roundup • SEGA's game division will be trimmed and restructured after an underperforming year. Specifically, SEGA of America will focus on its blue chip titles as underperforming and developing titles have been cancelled. [ Joystiq ] •Households are now spending more time using Xbox Live to listen to music and watch video than they are playing online games. One might expect that the next version of the console is going to be presented as much as a “life device” as it is a “gaming device.” [ Los Angeles Times ]
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BUSINESS
By Dow Jones News Service | July 13, 1993
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Martin Marietta Corp. and Sega Enterprises Ltd. have reached an agreement for the use of Martin Marietta's simulation technology in the development of a Sega multiplayer electronic game.In a news release, Martin Marietta said the new contract provides for specific application of its real-time phototexture simulation technology to Sega's electronic games and potentially other entertainment products. The technology provides the ability to produce continuous, lifelike imagery drawn from real-world photographic sources.
NEWS
By MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE | April 7, 2009
$29.99 for Xbox 360, also for PlayStation 3. Rated 10-plus **** (4 STARS) "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" is similar to the "Sega Genesis Collection" from a few years back, but it includes many more games and replaces a couple of the older set's duds with, well, new duds. But this collection of nearly 50 games from Sega's glory days is mostly good stuff. It offers all the classic Streets of Rage brawlers, the original Sega Master System's Phantasy Star, as an unlockable bonus to go along with the three Genesis entries, and many more.
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | July 9, 1995
As Major League Baseball tries to find ploys to attract more fans, Sega Sports has discovered a way to regain the interest of baseball fans.World Series Baseball 1995 is an updated version of Sega's best-selling sports game with a focus on increasing action."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alex Pham and Alex Pham,THE BOSTON GLOBE | July 31, 2000
Music and movies aren't the only things being pirated and distributed over the Internet these days. Video games also are big targets. Sega of America said last week that it has shut down 60 Web sites and 125 auctions trafficking in pirated video games played on Sega's Dreamcast console. Software pirating has existed for as long as software has been around. What's new is the unprecedented ease brought by the Internet for pirating and distributing software, leading to a crop of new applications such as DivX, which can be used to copy movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Julia Angwin and Julia Angwin,SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE | June 1, 1998
ATLANTA - It's a make-or-break year for Nintendo, Sony and Sega.Nintendo of America is hoping its Nintendo 64 gaming device will finally beat the Sony PlayStation. Even though Nintendo 64 was the Tickle Me Elmo of Christmas '96, it has remained stuck in second place. And No. 3 Sega is trying to leapfrog both of them with a new video game player due out next year.As the big three fought it out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Atlanta last week, personal computer and online games were being left in the dust by their video game cousins.
BUSINESS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 14, 1998
TOKYO -- In a stunning retreat, Sega Enterprises Ltd., the company that gave wings to the high-flying video-game business with the success of its Sega Genesis console, announced yesterday that it was pulling its Sega Saturn console from the U.S. market in the face of stiff competition from Sony and Nintendo.The company said it would write off $450 million to cover losses at its U.S. subsidiary, Sega of America Inc., and on investment securities and a software venture, as well as for the disposal of inventory.
NEWS
By Bloomberg Business News | May 25, 1993
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- An inner-city gang, rampaging through the streets, comes upon some unsuspecting bystanders and proceeds to crush some heads.The scene isn't from urban America. It's from "Streets of Rage," a video game made by Sega of America, the Japanese company's U.S. unit.Amid concern about this type of video-game violence, Sega said yesterday it would initiate a rating system for its video games similar to the one used by Hollywood."We are particularly concerned that parents buy games appropriate for their children's age," said Tom Kalinske, Sega of America's chief executive.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Staff Writer | July 26, 1995
For six hours a day, 10-year-old Adam Swinder stares at his television screen, doing battle with zombies, saving the planet, rescuing cheerleaders, being transformed into a flying dragon."
ENTERTAINMENT
By SAM SESSA | February 23, 2006
Picture the crowd at a crazy college house party: Kids slamming back red plastic cups, cussing, shouting and laughing. There's almost always a game of beer pong going, with two teams trying to toss pingpong balls in cups of beer across a table. Most kids couldn't imagine playing a drinking game like this anywhere else. But taking beer pong out of a house party and into a bar is just as entertaining -- as long as you have the right bar. A college drinking game like beer pong needs a college drinking atmosphere.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Victor Godinez and Victor Godinez,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 6, 2003
The Xbox has its first bona fide hit of the year in Panzer Dragoon Orta. Sega's new shooter is an update of the classic but little-played game for the defunct Sega Saturn. Few played it because hardly anyone owned a Saturn. Panzer Dragoon Orta ($49; rated for ages 13 and up) plops you on a dragon in a world dominated by an evil empire. Pursued by the empire's sinister agents (yes, there are Star Wars influences), you do battle from the back of your dragon. Orta has a laser pistol, and your steed has a lock-on missile attack that you use by holding down the fire button and dragging the targeting reticle over your flying enemies.
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By Kevin Washington and Kevin Washington,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2002
Another NBA season has sports fans wondering how long Michael Jordan will play, who Rick Fox will take a swing at next and what off-the-court shenanigans Allen Iverson will pull. But if you're more interested in action than drama, look no further than your video game console, where Sega, EA Sports and Microsoft entertain admirably with their latest pro basketball titles. In this league, the only loser is Sony's 989 Sports franchise, which seems to be stuck in the minors. The games, which sell for about $50 and run on the Sony PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo GameCube, have become more complex over the years with the increased horsepower of the latest-generation consoles.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Washington and Kevin Washington,SUN STAFF | October 3, 2002
No one to play with? Tired of whipping the tar out of the artificial "intelligence" in your video console game? Or having it beat the tar out of you? Can't stand playing with the trash-talking munchkin across the street who drops by to wolf down your potato chips as he runs up the score in the latest football sim? Well, now you have a whole world to play with as Sony and Microsoft unveil online gaming services for their video consoles. Sony, maker of the PlayStation 2, has hit the ground running and gunning with a Navy SEAL third-person shooter and the famous Madden NFL Football franchise among its online offerings.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Washington and Kevin Washington,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2002
Dunking with authority and shooting the lights out from three-point territory usually require serious height and ball-handling skills. But you don't have to be 6-foot-11 to keep your shots from being blocked with the latest crop of NBA-inspired video games: EA Sports' NBA Live 2002, Sega Sports' NBA 2K2 and Microsoft's NBA Inside Drive 2002. These $50, NBA-sanctioned titles allow you to pass, post up and take it to the hoop no matter what your real height, speed and physical shape because you'll probably be playing crouched in front of your television set. At their best, they're as exhilarating as a Michael Jordan comeback.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Imran Rehmani and Imran Rehmani,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 3, 2001
Anti-terrorist special agents, high-tech weapons, fast action and online play: With all those features, you'd think Sega's new multi-player blastfest would be better. To be sure, Outtrigger ($40) for Sega Dreamcast does some things nicely. Graphics are on par with other Dreamcast shooting games. Characters are well-modeled, environments though small are solid, and everything runs at a steady, smooth frame rate. Once they master complicated controls, gamers are immersed in a world of rapid shooting.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | September 9, 1997
TOKYO -- Sega Enterprises Ltd. shares rose 5 percent yesterday after a Japanese newspaper said the game-maker will develop a next-generation home video-game player with Microsoft Corp.A Sega spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny the report. She said her company has been in talks with Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker, "to explore the possibility of tie-ups." She declined to elaborate.Officials at Microsoft weren't immediately available to comment.The Nihon Keizai newspaper said Sega and Microsoft will likely sign an agreement in October to jointly manufacture and sell 128-bit game players that will be 10 times more powerful than Saturn, Sega's current top-of-the line machine.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,Sun Staff | September 13, 1999
Is it live or is it Dreamcast?That's the question video gamers will be asking themselves when they see the eye-popping, 3-D animations on Sega's new Dreamcast console. Launched Thursday, it's the most hotly anticipated and elaborately hyped home game machine in years.If you haven't heard of Dreamcast, chances are you soon will. Sega, the No. 3 video game maker in the United States, has kicked off an aggressive $100 million advertising blitz in an in-your-face bid to win back gamers from rivals Sony and Nintendo -- pumping more than 900 commercials onto cable music channel MTV alone.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Himowitz | February 5, 2001
If you own a Dreamcast game console, you now know what it feels like to be an orphan. Although the machine is a superb piece of technology with a healthy supply of entertaining games, Sega found that it couldn't compete in the hardware business with Sony, with Nintendo and - by the end of this year - with Microsoft. So Sega pulled the plug on Dreamcast last week, declaring that henceforth, it would concentrate on developing games for its former competitors and newcomers to the market. Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog - Sega's most popular game character - don't have to worry.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd and Michael Stroh and Kevin Cowherd and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2000
PlayStation 2 is no longer just a toy. It's meat, water, shelter. And there's not enough for everybody. With only 500,000 PlayStation 2s coming to the United States - half of what Sony had planned for yesterday's launch - it isn't about video games anymore. Primal instincts have kicked in. Nowhere is that clearer than at the Best Buy on U.S. 1 in Laurel. It's just minutes past midnight on launch day and the store won't open for another 10 hours. Already more than 120 people are stacked up down the sidewalk.
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