If you didn’t know, most video game consoles from the 80s and 90s are still getting new games added to their library every month — just not “officially.” There’s a thriving indie development community centered around the NES, Game Boy, Genesis, and the 90s’ final gift, the Dreamcast.
Every serious console collector needs a Dreamcast. Sega’s last and greatest console only lived for around two years but had an incredibly sweet and short life, publishing many original and innovative game concepts that would influence generations to come. The Dreamcast was first to make online play possible directly from the console (and keep in mind this was the 56k phone-line era, so games had to be designed to function under those speeds — and did). It also came with a device embedded into the game controller called a VMU, or Visual Memory Unit.
Since its introduction, Minecraft has been made playable on every machine capable of playing a game….but what about machines of the past? Since it uses deliberately simple graphics, couldn’t you get it running on past consoles as well? Mozilla will never release a version of the game for the Sega Dreamcast, but somebody by the handle “gamebabla” made it happen.
A few months ago GameStop announced that it would begin taking in retro consoles and games as trade-ins once more. It’s been assumed by some that these ancient classics would be sold as-is, but as a new article and photo gallery on Mashable proves, they’re going the extra mile to make sure the games work.
Fans have been waiting for this day for more than a decade, but it is now officially confirmed that the final act of Shenmue will be released in the form of Shenmue III. During the Sony media briefing last night, series creator Yu Suzuki revealed that he was attempting to fund the game through Kickstarter. With a modest total of $2 million, the campaign has already blasted through that total with less than 24 hours gone.
How can you establish yourself as the ultimate Shenmue fanboy? By owning the soundtrack on vinyl, that’s how.
For the longest time GameStop was of the opinion that anything older than PS2 was worthless. Now they seem to rapidly be reversing their thinking. First they reinstated trade-ins for PS2 hardware, and now they’ve re-opened the floodgates to accept machines and games they haven’t taken since the days when they weren’t a monopoly (wow, that was a long time ago).
SEGA has released a new teaser video for the upcoming Jet Set Radio remake release. Jet Set Radio is on my list of favorite games of all time. Needless to say, I’m pretty psyched.