Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Come Home Sonic...Come Home

As you may or may not know, Sonic the blue blur hedgehog is finally returning to his 2D roots after years of 3D fiascos in Sonic the Hedgehog 4. You might be asking why Sega decided to go back to 2D. Perhaps it was the wild success of Street Fighter 4 and Mega Man 9. Both games stuck to their 2D roots which might have caused Sega to shout, “EUREKA!!!! people do like playing 2D games.” Thanks Sega for not listening to your grumbling fans and waiting to see what other companies do before you make a game. Geez, stop being such a money grubbing corporation. Following in the footsteps of other companies, it looks like Sega wants to prove they can make stylish 3D graphics too and have rendered the zippy hedgehog in 3D. Thankfully they’ve kept everything else fairly straightforward and have put sonic back on his linear track.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The History of Fighting

Do you hear that? Yep, those are the sounds of ribs cracking, teeth shattering, and fireballs crackling. This is the complete history of the fighting game genre. OK so I can't squeeze the entire history into 1000 words so really, it's a snapshot of the the major events. If you’re wondering about my credentials let me just say I’ve been playing fighters since I was six. Some of my earliest memories are of me sliding my allowance into arcade machines and kicking the butt of every bad guy that showed their ugly mug on the screen. It was like a dream come true where I became a superhero vigilante like Batman, but without going through those pesky years of training and brooding over dead parents. Now that you know a little about me, let me tell you about the gaming genre that round house kicked its way into my heart. It’s time to enter the ring....are you up for the challenge?