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Articles written by: Ken Horowitz

Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention

Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention

It remains one of the true classics of the 16-bit era, and Genesis fans owe it to themselves to play it through at least once. We are, of course, talking about Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention, and it is one heck of an adventure. Our full report inside!

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Interview: Tony Barnes (EA Designer & Producer)

Interview: Tony Barnes (EA Designer & Producer)

Tony Barnes has been involved with some of the most recognizable game franchises out there. From his work on EA’s legendary Strike and Madden series to rebooting classics like Capcom’s Strider, there isn’t much in console gaming that he hasn’t worked on over the past 30 years.

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Dragon Wang

Dragon Wang

Sega’s SG-1000 tried to take on Irem’s Kung Fu with a side-scrolling brawler that added some innovative mechanics to the gameplay. Unfortunately, a choppy framerate and sloppy execution hampered what could have been a stand-out title.

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Classic Interview: Acclaim Europe

Classic Interview: Acclaim Europe

Vol. 3, issue 23 of the Spanish magazine Mega Force interviewed two of Acclaim’s European executives, President Rod Cousens and Director of Marketing Larry Sparks. The duo discussed launching Acclaim’s Spanish division and shared insight about the plans for a company that was riding high on the success of Mortal Kombat 2 and NBA Jam.

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Almost Lost in Space: Zaxxon’s Rocky Journey to Home Computers

Almost Lost in Space: Zaxxon’s Rocky Journey to Home Computers

In this excerpt from the book “The Sega Arcade Revolution: a History in 62 Games,” Ken Horowitz looks at the troubled journey of Sega’s arcade hit Zaxxon to the C64 computer. A web of lies and deception caused Sega a major headache, as well as a financial loss to its parent company, Paramount.

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