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Xband: Online Gaming’s First Big Try

Xband: Online Gaming’s First Big Try

Long before Xbox Live and even the Sega Channel, another company attempted to bring gamers together over the phone. Catapult’s Xband was a moderately successful method of doing so, and the story behind it is an interesting one. Read the full article for all the details.

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History of: Shinobi

History of: Shinobi

Shinobi was recently given a new lease on life with releases on the Playstation 2 and Game Boy Advance. Hopefully, this signifies the resurgence of everyone’s favorite ninja and many more games in the future. Read our complete retrospective on the series, and watch out for the shurikens!

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History of: OutRun

History of: OutRun

We’re seeing a resurgence of the OutRun franchise with the release of OutRun Online Arcade on Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network. With a history spanning almost twenty years, it’s very hard to have been a gamer for long and not have played even one entry in the series.

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Forgotten Franchises: VectorMan

Forgotten Franchises: VectorMan

I was very excited when I heard that Sega was bringing back a few of its Genesis franchises for PS2. Along with a new incarnation of Altered Beast, they also decided to give Vectorman a new lease on life. Unfortunately, our hero forgot to read the “Proprietor has the right to cancel at any time” clause in said lease. The game was canned early in development and Vectorman was sent back to the end of the huge line of Sega properties awaiting another chance to shine.

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History of: Shining Games

History of: Shining Games

Very few RPG series stand the test of time. Sure, a few sequels might spring up here and there over the course of a few years, but how many of them last for over a decade? I can think of a couple, like Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Zelda, and perhaps a few others. These all have their charm and place in gaming history, to be sure. There is one franchise, however, that while not exactly a series per se, it has endured in one incarnation or another for almost fifteen years… the Shining series.

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