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What is Shenmue? – Episode 1: Story July 31, 2018

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Few games are as beloved as the original Shenmue for the Sega Dreamcast, and Sega plans to create an entirely new generation of Shenmue fans by finally re-releasing the classic game (and its sequel) in glorious HD.

Today, Sega has just released the first episode in what is expected to be a multi-part documentary about the Shenmue franchise. The first part is narrated by the game’s lead English voice actor and focuses on the story. Enjoy!

Shenmue I & II HD are coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and the PC (through Steam) August 21st, 2018.

Spider-Man on PS4 Has Gone Gold July 30, 2018

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The guys over at Insomniac Games have confirmed earlier today that the highly anticipated PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game they been working on has Gone Gold. Gone Gold is something we typically report on for games we’re looking forward to playing. Its a long-time game developer term, referring to the gold finish of the disc a finished game is printed on. Essentially, this means Spider-Man is done and we’ll be able to play it for sure in a little over a month from now. This is fantastic news, as Sony will have no problem making the game’s release date.

Spider-Man is coming September 7th, 2018 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Pokemon: The Power of Us Coming to Theaters July 30, 2018

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The Pokémon Company has just released the theatrical trailer for the very next animated Pokémon feature-film, Pokémon : The Power of Us. Like the previous film, Pokémon: I Choose You, this new movie is getting a special theatrical release this November!

The film is going to be distributed by Fathom Events for four nights: November 24, 26th, 28th, and December 1st. You can read all the details about the event here.

Gaming History You Should Know – Sega’s Absolutely Rose Street July 29, 2018

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Its Sunday and that means we’ve got an all-new look into Gaming History You Should Know, where we feature some of the best gaming history documentaries from across the web. Today, we’ll be talking about something so obscure and short-lived, even I hadn’t heard about it until I saw this documentary!

By the mid-90s, Sega was doing everything they could to extend the lifespan of their popular Genesis console until they could release a proper 32-bit game system. While the Genesis was well-received by gamers, it’s expansions, the Sega CD and the Sega 32x, were not as popular. In fact, while many people found several things to like about the Sega CD, there wasn’t much commercial interest in the 32X. Sega needed to do something drastic to change that.

Sega’s marketing department decided to make a 30 minute late-night infomercial to sell the 32x and they called it Absolutely Rose Street. This may sound a bit odd, since modern late-night infomercials typically sell home appliances, but infomercials can be made to sell anything as long as the price is right and this was not the first time Sega made an infomercial to sell something. I mean, who can forget the Sega Channel?

Wrestling with Gaming, who we featured previously on the site, put together another fantastic obscure gaming documentary on this 30-minute Sega produced 32x commercial. Give it a watch!

Tales from IT – Dealing With The Red Ring of Death July 27, 2018

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We’re going to switch positions for today’s Tales from IT, and talk about a major issue I had to walk myself through. The Xbox 360 was a great console with a lot of great games. However, two out of every three Xbox 360 consoles would completely fail for no reason after just a few months. My first Xbox 360 failed after just four months of regular use, and at the time it failed Microsoft would not acknowledge any hardware issues with the console.

I was a broke college student who spent the last of his money on a very expensive console that broke for no reason. How could I get it fixed? This is without a doubt one of the most frustrating personal stories I will ever tell, and over a decade later the time has come to tell it.

Control Developer Diary 2 – Gameplay July 25, 2018

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Remedy has just released the second of many promised developer diaries for the upcoming game Control. This developer diary focuses on the gameplay. A little bit about the game is revealed here, specifically the fact that a player backtracking could notice areas they previously experienced looking or functioning differently.

Control is coming in 2019 to PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Shenmue: Return to Dobuita Street Documentary July 25, 2018

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We are a month away from the highly anticipated re-release of two of the most beloved SEGA games of all time, Shenmue I and II. While originally developed for the Sega Dreamcast, the games broke new ground on open-world interactive environments. However, as this documentary shows, the environments used in the original game were not imagined, they were based on real locations you can visit today.

Sit back and relax while two Shenmue superfans visit the actual real-world locations recreated for the original games in anticipation for the upcoming re-release.

We missed out on the Shenmue series back in the day due to several factors. Over that time we’ve endured constant reminders of the game’s greatness and so we are very happy SEGA is porting them to current consoles.

Shenmue I & II HD is coming August 21st, 2018 to PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Shin Megami Tensei Game Now On SmartPhones July 25, 2018

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No you did not read that wrong. The Shin Megami Tensei Series has been well-known to die-hard RPG players for quite some time and today we are happy to announce SEGA has published an all-new Free-to-Play SMT game for Smartphones and Tablets. Here’s the trailer:

Just a bit of a factoid as to why we didn’t post this information a day earlier. That’s because we have been playing this game nearly non-stop over the past twelve hours.

Shin Megami Tensai D x 2 is out now for Android and iOS Smartphones and tablets.

How to Connect an Older Console to a New SmartTV July 24, 2018

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Got a new How To video today, produced by popular demand. Several viewers have been leaving me comments over the past year with questions that revolve around an inability to find component or composite inputs on their newer 4K Smart Televisions. Earlier game consoles like the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 1 used composite-out cables to connect to a television. Later consoles like the Wii or original model Xbox 360 supported high definition and progressive scan video using component cables. The number one question I’ve been getting asked is, “Where are these inputs on my new TV?”

Watch the video below and find out:

Reminder: Legendary Pokémon Distribution at Target Stores Until July 28 July 24, 2018

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We’re a little late posting this story up but we have a very good reason for that. The Pokémon Company has once again decided to distribute this month’s Legendary Pokémon, Tornadus and Thunderous at Target retail stores across the US. Take a look.

Unlike the previous time Target held this promotion, this month’s distribution has been a big headache. At least one store in my area did not have codes and didn’t have a clue what I was talking about when I asked about them. In that case you’ll simply have to leave and try a different store. I’ve also noticed that the employees at the Target stores in my area are not leaving their codes with their technical people, they’re now being left in the open on the store shelves near the Pokémon video game collectibles. Ask an employee near the electronics section where your code might be.

The codes will work in copies of Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon. Those games are out now exclusively for Nintendo 3DS systems.