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Sega to become more arcade focused

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by KevinRB, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. KevinRB

    KevinRB Stunt Coordinator

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    Here's the story. Not good news in my opinion. How many of still care about new arcade games? Now, how many of us care about Sega's innovative console games?

    They are not completely dropping out of consoles, but this statement is troublesome:

    "While work on licenses such as Virtua Fighter, Sega Rally, Sonic and Shinobi is unlikely to run into difficulties, the loss-making Sega Sports projects are likely to be high on Satomi-san's hitlist."
     
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    All I know is I better get another f'ing Super Monkey Ball [​IMG] Those games can frustrate me so bad, but they're so damn good and addicting.
     
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    Monkey Ball was originally an arcade game.
     
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    Arcades are practically dead in the US, this is bad news. I wonder why Microsoft didn't jump in and snag a piece of Sega.
     
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    Did you even read my post?

     
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    Yes, James said the USA, and Romier spoke of elsewhere...whoops. Lets not turn this thread into an argument.

    Didn't the original SMB arcade game have a bananna for a controller?
     
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    Oh please oh please don't kill the ESPN lineup of sports games! EA finally has taken a back seat to someone in the sports gaming market, even if sales don't totally reflect that. Bring on ESPN NFL, NHL, and NBA 2k5! Oh and while you're at it Sega, why not put together a Live based version of Daytona USA for Xbox [​IMG]
     
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    Having been at a University for 12 years (five as a student, the last seven as an employee) I can attest that the on-campus arcade, which was packed regularly back in the early 90's (owing greatly to Street Fighter II madness) is nowadays frequently vacant. And if anything, our student population has grown in that span of time.
     
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    Brian,

    The last numbers I saw on sales indicated that ESPN Football did indeed outsell Madden on Xbox this year. Of course this could all change after the holiday season. However, sales on the PS2 Madden far outweigh those of the PS2 ESPN. ESPN is gaining ground every year, but unfortuantely it isn't gaining enough and seems to be hampering Sega financially.

    If Sega decides to cut Visual Concepts loose, I can only hope that Microsoft sweeps in and picks them up. They develop great sports titles and MS could merge their XSN with the great gameplay VC has been known for over the past 4 years.
     
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    I read a bit of this on spong.com...this really comes across as almost a hostile takeover. And the emphasis on no risk-taking will will result in more crummy, generic, predictable games - just like the movie industry. Like the Bad Boys II of the games industry. Yay.

    Although, maybe a shakeup will result in some good changes, like a Shining Force 3 port/remake, or a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake, or any of the other Saturn greats that I can't afford to get.
    But I doubt it. And investing in the arcade market will get nowhere in the US - arcades are unfortunately doing terrible here, as far as I understand. Ours closed to make room for a Barnes and Noble in our mall. And the one about 30 minutes away seems like it is only kept alive by DDR.
     

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