Happy 15th birthday, Sega Dreamcast!

Few dreamcaststars have burned as brightly — and burned out as quickly — as Sega’s Dreamcast console.

Adored by players from the moment it was announced in 1998, the system was truly ahead of its time. Even today, on the 15th anniversary of its debut, the Dreamcast has a fan base more loyal than many modern systems.

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Alien: Isolation lures back original Alien cast members

Ripley’s Alien castheaded back to the Nostromo – and she’s bringing some friends with her.

Sigourney Weaver – and several other cast members from the 1979 horror/sci-fi classic Alien – have signed on to be part of Sega’s upcoming Alien: Isolation, but you’ll need to pre-order the game to see and hear them.

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Sonic the Hedgehog gets facelift, TV series, new games for 2014

Sonic sonic-boom-artthe Hedgehog has been running at a frenetic pace for 23 years, but over the past few, he’s lost some steam. Gamers have grown weary of the same old, same old style of play and familiar characters, not to mention the inconsistent quality. You just never know what the blue blur will bring to the table anymore.

Actually, now we do. In 2014, Sega’s hoping to re-energize its most iconic franchise by taking Sonic in a new direction.

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Gearbox, Sega sued over Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: aliensColonial Marines might have rankled critics, but that’s nothing compared to how it upset fans. And one fan in particular.

Plaintiff Damion Perrine filed a false advertising lawsuit against publisher Sega and developer Gearbox Software Tuesday in the Northern District of California, saying demos of the game shown at industry trade shows and public events were not accurate representations of the game that hit shelves.

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App Review: Cordy

Cordy is one of the better platformers we’ve seen, which makes the game’s sneaky way of getting you to pay so maddening. Certainly, we have no problem with the price — $4.99 is fair for the quality the developers have put into the game — but it’s much too easy to download the game and not realize you’re merely getting a trial, as that’s not made glaringly clear in the app store. And the customization options (ranging from 99 cents to $2.99) are a greedy swipe at people’s wallet.

As for the game itself, it’s simply terrific: A good throwback to the glory days of Sonic with wonderful graphics, terrific pacing, and a difficulty level that’s top notch. (Beating a level is easy — but getting all the extras on each one isn’t.) It’s not revolutionary, but it’s a lot of fun.

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App Review: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

A good arcade kart-racer is a rare thing, and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a bright light in the iDevice world. The game is universal, letting you play on iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch and has all the necessary elements of a fun kart racer — colorful characters, winding courses, mystery boxes that contain power-ups to either help you speed up your kart or slow down an opponents, and even a good online mode. The game has four single-player modes with plenty to unlock, giving it a longevity that’s rare in apps, and a good brief tutorial that never wears out its welcome. It’s a wonderful addition to the App Store, but we would have preferred it kept its initial $1.99 promotional price instead of the $4.99 charged at the time of this review.

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Add Sega to the hacker list – and make another check mark next to Sony

Hackers continue to run amok in the entertainment world.

Sega is the latest game company to be hit, following in the steps of Nintendo, Bethesda, Sony and more. Meanwhile, another group claims to have breached Sony Pictures – this time in France.

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E3 through the years

Even if you’re just a casual fan of video games, the E3 video game extravaganza is a truly exciting time of the year. It’s Christmas in July! Or, more often, May! Or, recently, June! Ok, so the moving dates ruin the analogy, but it’s a festive time nonetheless that always brings a flood of gaming news. And every year, there’s one story that tops all the others.

Here’s a look back at the show stealing moments of the past 16 years.

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