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Dreamcast Classics Returning to Consoles! June 11, 2010

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I have a good friend who readily considers the Sega Dreamcast to be the greatest console ever made.  I don’t dismiss him for this opinion, even though I was never fortunate enough to own one of these consoles myself, I’m very briefed on it’s legend.

Sega has recently announced that more Sega Dreamcast games are coming to modern consoles as downloadable games.  These games have been requested for years.  What many seem to forget, or hesitate to point out is while Sega is saying how bold it is that they’re finally releasing these games from their beloved console, they are not by any means the first games ported from the console.

Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi are going to be released on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.  They will be further evidence of the legacy of this console.  Currently Soul Caliber and Marvel vs Capcom 2, both ports from the Dreamcast version (considered by Soul Caliber enthusiasts to be the superior version over the classic arcade version) are already avalible for download and purchase on Xbox Live Arcade.

Many are hoping the cult classic Jet Grind Radio will be among the next set of downloads, however that has not been officially announced.

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Rock Band 3 Will Have Keyboard June 11, 2010

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From the looks of the intial previews, Rock Band 3 is going to revolutionize the music gaming genre in a way not imagined.  A fifth instrument will be added to the game, a 25 key midi-keyboard, as well as two new updated Fender guitar controllers.  The game will also support a “pro” mode, offering the player musical notes instead of prompts, promoting the player to learn the actual way to play the song on an actual instrument.

Here’s a list of some of the songs confirmed for the game.

2000s
Combat Baby — Metric
Dead End Friends — Them Crooked Vultures
Get Free — The Vines
Lasso — Phoenix
Me Enamora — Juanes
Oh My God — Ida Maria
Portions of Foxes — Rilo Kiley
The Hardest Button to Button — The White Stripes

1990s
Been Caught Stealing — Jane’s Addiction
In the Meantime — Spacehog
Plush — Stone Temple Pilots
Walkin’ on the Sun — Smash Mouth

1980s
Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
Here I Go Again — Whitesnake
I Love Rock and Roll — Joan Jett
Just Like Heaven — The Cure
Rainbow in the Dark — Dio
The Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News
Sister Christian — Night Ranger

1960s-1970s
Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen
Break On Through — The Doors
Crosstown Traffic — Jimi Hendrix

I’m ashamed to admit I only know about eight songs on this list, but “The Power of Love” alone sold me on the game the second I saw it on the list.

Team Fortress 2 Free Weekend, Mac Users Get Earbuds June 11, 2010

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To celebrate the release of Team Fortress 2 for the Mac, Valve is offering a free weekend for everyone to play Team Fortress 2 on Steam.

After the weekend is up, users can buy Team Fortress 2 for $10 US.  Mac users get free iPod/iPhone earbuds for the Team Fortress characters if you play on a Mac before the 14th of June.

New Mortal Kombat Game Announced June 11, 2010

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The word has come from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, the owners of Mortal Kombat, that a new Mortal Kombat game is in development for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and will feature a whole new graphics engine.  It will also feature tag team and classic 1 v 1 fighting.

The tagline is, “The Goriest Mortal Kombat Ever!”

Interesting to note that the game is expected to be on a 2D plane, harkening back to the classic perspective of the original MK games.  Since the series has been in 3D, players have fought in that extra dimension, but I have to admit, the game always seemed to work best in a 2D perspective opposed to a 3D perspective.

The previous game, Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe is considered non-canon to the MK and the DC universe, leaving Mortal Kombat Armageddon for the Xbox and PS2 the last Mortal Kombat game released.  That game saw many of the franchise’s fighters killed off after the “armageddon” came, due to the fighters abusing their powers in a world that couldn’t take it.  Who knows what kind of a world these fighters will find themselves in now.