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September 2010

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IGN: Minecart in iPhone Sonic 4 better than others

Easy, put down the flamethrowers and the “IGN = IGNorant” signs for a moment.

IGN recently put up its preview of the iPhone version of Sonic 4, often forgotten about in comparison to its console-based counterpart. The iPhone version is notable in that it has two exclusive acts, those being the controversial among fans minecart stage in Lost Labyrinth Zone Act 2 and pinball score attack stage in Casino Street Zone Act 2.

Well, according to the writer Levi Buchanan, the stage fans trashed into oblivion to the point Sega was forced to change it is much more fun than the new console iteration.
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Sega Retro, Circa 1995: The Origins of Sega’s Online Presence

The year is 1995, and the Internet is pretty barren in terms of Sega-related content. Before there was, before there were Sega webrings, before there were people who had no idea what the Gopher protocol was online, there were only two real places to be a Sega fan: alt.sega.genesis and Enter, naturally,—the original official website of Sega of America. By the first time got around to crawling the site, it was already gone, replaced by a domain purchase parking page.

Thankfully, the site is still preserved in one place: the May 1995 issue of Sega Visions magazine. Although the two-page spread is basically an advertorial for Compuserve (you may be as surprised as I was to find out that the service is still around to this day), it does capture screenshots and give a writeup of what the site featured, including “online conferences” with Roger Hector, Tom Kalinske, and Joe Miller (then-senior VP of product development), video clips and graphics, and cheesy graffiti–a feature sorely missing from today. 🙁

Check these scans out to see (or, on Compuserve, GO SEGA) for yourself:

Sega of America, I know you probably have a copy of this site sitting somewhere on a disk (or several floppy disks, or even a ZIP disk.) Give us a copy of the site and I’d be happy to host it–heck, I’ll even try to buy back 😉