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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 3RD – 9TH FEBRUARY

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Sega have announced a new spin-off universe for the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise called Sonic Boom; which will incorporate Wii U and 3DS games (the final game in an exclusive deal with Nintendo which has also produced Sonic: Lost World), a new range of toys and a 52-episode CGI TV series to debut on Cartoon Network. While Sonic Boom will not replace ‘Modern Sonic’, it has led to a redesign of the cast of Sonic characters – with everyone getting taller and Knuckles the Echidna developing an addiction to steroids.

You can hear the gears of the infamous ‘Sonic Cycle’ begin to turn even now…
You can hear the gears of the infamous ‘Sonic Cycle’ begin to turn even now…

The game is being handled by Big Red Button Entertainment rather than Sonic Team, and will serve as a prequel to the TV series focusing on ‘collaborative gameplay’. The show is collaboration between Sega and (the obviously French) OuiDO! Productions, and TOMY will be handling the new line of toys. Speaking at the reveal event, chief content officer Hiroyuki Miyazaki had this to say on the project:

“SEGA is constantly looking to feed the appetite of Sonic fans, new and existing alike…the various pieces of the Sonic Boom project, such as its unique look, mix of comedy, and action and its focus on the whole ensemble with Sonic as the star, offer another exciting part of that universe for people to explore and enjoy. It will be at once familiar but also new.”

In other words, it’s still not the Sonic game that you want. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 3RD – 9TH FEBRUARY

WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 23RD – 29TH DECEMBER

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A report from the Associated Press claims that a new world record has been set for the largest gaming collection in the world. Michael Thomasson from Buffalo, New York has amassed an incredible personal collection of 10,607 games, eclipsing the previous record set in 2010 by Richard Lecce of 8,616.

Thomasson poses in his basement with the record certificate and huge collection of games (AP Photo/Brianna Blank)
Thomasson poses in his basement with the record certificate and huge collection of games. Kudos too for wearing the Sega sponsored 1998 Arsenal shirt (AP Photo/Brianna Blank)

Featured in a two page spread in the newly released ‘Guinness World Records 2014 Gamers Edition’, Thomasson revealed that he has amassed his collection over a period of 31 years on a $3000 a year budget, from the Collecovision right up to the present day, and that remarkably he has already sold his collection twice to finance the purchase of a Sega Genesis in 1989 and to fund his wedding in 1998. He has estimated that his current collection is worth anywhere between seven and eight hundred thousand dollars.

Speaking on his playing habits however, Thomasson confirmed that he hasn’t played every game in the collection due to time constraints – working as a college teacher in Boston teaching 2D animation and the history of video games means that in his own words, “I probably get three hours of playing in a week…If I’m lucky.” Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 23RD – 29TH DECEMBER