Sonic’s Dad Has Been Sentenced
Yuji Naka, former Sega and Square Enix developer, and co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has now been sentenced after being convicted for insider trading. The punishment? Two and a half years prison time, a probation period of four years, and fines totalling 173 million yen.
However, he has been given a four year suspended sentence due to showing ‘remorse’, meaning that he will not be imprisoned, but will still need to comply with a number of rules presented by the court, and pay the fines.
87% Of Classic Video Games Are Missing
The Video Game History Foundation has revealed a study claiming that the very large majority of older video games are missing or totally unavailable to the public. And the problem may be due to outdated copyright laws.
The Entertainment Software Association claims however that ‘there’s no such thing as an obsolete game’, given that video games are largely digital.
The Video Game History Foundation has argued that ‘in cases where software has become abandoned or when companies are not willing to undertake their own preservation, libraries and other archives should be allowed to preserve and digitally release games’.
VGHF hope that with some changes, future gamers will never have to fondly think back on a childhood game that is just impossible to replay for various reasons, as well as create a more cohesive archive of video games. For historical purposes of course.
EA Sports used to be FIFA’s largest commercial partner before the two parted ways. But what is EA Sports to do instead of yet another FIFA game? A new football game, just without all that FIFA branding.
The new game, FC 24, has been revealed with its official announcement trailer, marking the end of an almost 30 year era. It’s rather motivational, although some of the comments seems to expect more of the same. Which isn’t surprising considering that football hasn’t had a major update in around 100 years.
Sega Says Blockchains Aren’t Fun
While ‘what makes a video game a video game’ and ‘what are video games’ and other such questions are often topics for debate among gamers, Sega seems to have figured out that a game should be fun. Shuji Utsumi, Sega’s co-chief operating officer, has reported that although the company were initial supporters of blockchain gaming, have now decided against pursuing it, feeling that it would cheapen their more iconic IPs.
“The action in play-to-earn games is boring. What’s the point if games are no fun?” says Utsumi.
Sega do still plan to allow third parties to use characters from their less popular IPs as NFTs, but it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing Sonic the Hedgehog NFTs from Sega.
And now for some upcoming games!
- Manic Mechanics (Switch)
- Testament: The Order of High Human (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO)
- Exoprimal (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO)
- Jagged Alliance 3 (PC)
- Sticky Business (PC)
- Murder Is Game Over – Streaming Death (PC)
- Unidentified Falling Objects (PC, Switch)
- Viewfinder (PC, PS5)
- Blackout Protocol (PC)
- The Repair House (PC)
- Homeseek (PC)
- Killsquad (PS5, PS4)
- Punch Club 2: Fast Forward (PC)
- Unholy (PC)