SEGA Progress Update
Work continues to massively upgrade the SEGA section of the site. Since getting some 50% of the way through I thought I'd give a few hints into what's coming. Included in the new make up is much more in-depth information, games galleries, tips for collecting rarities, cross-platform comparisons of games and of course more articles. Hopefully all this will be online towards the end of the year.
Sonic The Hedgehog is rapidly approaching his 20th Anniversary which is on June 23rd. There seems to be allot less buzz compared to the last two anniversaries so what's occurring? There is the annual Summer of Sonic event in London and SEGA USA are hosting an event called Sonic Boom.
As always there is plenty more Sonic content in the pipeline for this website but I will be spending the time playing to the games in all honesty but I really like a new hat that SEGA have released as official merchandise.
You can grab them easily off Ebay at the moment.
In the meantime we all await Sonic Generations and with justifiable scepticism considering the quality of the last few releases. Checkout much more detail here. I still havn't finished Unleashed yet.
Duke Nukem Forever
A day many of us thought would never happen, Duke Nukem Forever was released last week. It is the sequel to Duke Nukem 3D that rocked PC gamers some 14 years ago. I am a Duke fan and very much enjoyed Duke Nukem 3D back in the day and will be playing this game through.
Reviews are mixed and rightly so. It is certainly not without its problems (loading times being a big one) but I think people are expecting too much out of this game therefore leading to their disappointment. Regardless of the development time (due to one reason or another) it was conceived in the late 90's so it is not going to be on par with the shooters of today. The fact it never got released timely (around 98, 99) speaks volumes. Perhaps it should never have been released after so long.
So if you are thinking of buying this keep in mind it is Duke Nukem not the likes of CoD or Bioshock.
Very recently, this humble website received its 1 millionth visitor! I still cannot quite believe it either. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank people who visit and hopefully there are some regular ones amongst you and especially those who contact me with questions and information. I know this site isn't the greatest or the most flash but it feels great when people visit.
It seems to have been so long since I have posted any news lately but at the same time doesn't feel like it at all. So what is new? Well actually quite a few fixes and minor updates have happened here and there.
The Ban This Filth page has been updated. I really wanted to put some new clips on but I'm stuck with a 2MB filesize from the ISP for uploads which is shit for videos.
The new Sonic Adventure Feature (Dreamcast) was added ages ago (oops) to coincide with the XBLA release. You can find it in the Sonic Section of the site.
Things in the pipeline include a feature to one of my first PC games; Doom II.
There is an enormous amount of info to come in the SEGA section, so much so that a good chunk of it has gone out to be proof read to speed things up. There are plenty more game features in there too such as Rez, The house of the Dead and Keio Flying Squadron.
Sonic 4 Episode 2 is apparently still coming and in early development. This is on the back of news that many features were removed out of the first episode to save time.
Beavis and Butthead are set to return to MTV this year with new episodes! These are already in production but the airdates are yet unknown. Sources suggest this is a way for MTV to actually show music videos again. Very much looking forward to see how this goes.
At the moment there is an effort to round off the many things in the pipeline and get to the overall 'vision' I have for the site. Not only is it a very busy time (there have been some good game releases lately) but my server had died taking many of my documents offline thus slowing down progress.
I'm rather chuffed to say that I'm about to have 1 million visitors! To that end I'm heavily considering looking for a new hosting service with PHP and the ability to upload files larger than 2MB. Any recommendations welcome.
So whats new...
I have finally got round to finishing the silly series I started back in my uni days. It ended up being a tad longer than I envisioned but hopefully you will find it semi-entertaining at least.
On the back of the news that Sonic The Hedgehog 4 is going to be upon us - check out the official website at http://www.sonicthehedgehog4.co.uk/en - it's been quickly followed by another compilation title for the Nintendo DS and we also have Sonic Adventure hitting XBLA!. Watch out for the in-depth feature coming soon..
Other Developments/Progress Update
Progress is slow on the new Sega Section revamp. The project has amassed to huge degree (some 47,000 words at the moment!) without the stuff about the games themselves. It's going to be deployed in segments rather than totally - before it goes out of date! Any suggestions always welcome.
So coming soon will be Sonic Adventure, Sonic 06 and (Saturn), Wonder Boy In Monsterland.
Big thanks to all those people who visit the site. Since improving the navigation and creating new some newer content the visitor stats have had a marked improvement. Thanks for your feedback and comments!
New Sonic The Hedgehog Feature Added
Finally got around to replacing the feature for Sonic on the Mega Drive/Genesis. It has been updated with much more information and now has improved layout etc. Various updates were made to the other games (Sonic 2, Sonic 3, S+K) to fix some of the shocking mistakes I originally made.
New Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Feature Added
Added a feature for this puzzler.
New Section and Stargunner Feature
A new section has been opened to cover some of my favourite games outside of the Sega realm such as PC, Neo Geo and Nintendo. Kicking off is features for Stargunner (PCDOS) and Sin and Punishment (N64). Hope you enjoy these.
Other tweaks and stuff
Other upcoming features in the pipeline include the revamp of the Sonic Adventure feature which I admit is long overdue. Uploaded the new episodes of my (somewhat rubbish) mini-series Posh But Not (climatic finale will be available soon) and plenty of little additions here and there.
Work on the overhaul of all things Sega is still ongoing. This is a pretty massive undertaking but some content should be uploaded soon.
Problems Displaying Pages
It seems there was a slight problem with the PHP server over the last few days that meant some pages were not being displayed but would eventually with a few refreshes. This hs now hopefully been fixed and pages show load normally.
It has been a while since there has been any major updates owing to the fact that the site has undergone some essential re-design work. Hopefully it should (eventually, as the work is still ongoing) offer a much improved navigation system. This work is still ongoing. Check out the About/FAQ page for more info.
By now Sonic Unleashed has been out a few months. By most accounts the Wii and PS2 versions are pretty poor but do not let that put you off!. I have been playing the Xbox 360 version and believe the PS3 version to be pretty much the same and it is a good game! I'm enjoying playing and don't find it a chore to play unlike Sonic '06.
The Sonic sections are a blast and the Warehog sections can be a tad frustrating and their length are out of the Sonic norm, but they are fun to play even if the whole system is a blatant rip-off of Devil May Cry.
It looks and plays very well with some nice tunes to go with the action. Checkout some movies on Youtube or the demo on Xbox Live.
Overall it is a good game and can now be brought for around half price in the UK so I advise you to check out what is hopefully Sonic's first step back to righteousness! It is clear there is potential in Sega's new Hedgehog Engine and hope to see it in use elsewhere.
Items Currently Under Construction
These are the sections are are currently in the pipeline and should appear on the website in the near future.
- Sega Area revamp (massive updates to all consoles)
- Game features including James Pond II (Mega Drive), Psycho Fox (SMS), Soul Star (Mega CD), The House of The Dead (Saturn), Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast)