New badniks for Sonic 4 Episode 2

Every Friday, SEGA releases more concept art on Eggman's robots, which are known as badniks in the West.

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Being Friday, Sega continues what they promised last week, issuing out yet another round of concept art to hype up Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. Doing what they did last time, we get the deluxe version of concept art for one with both the black and white and color sketches, while the Facebook exclusive image only comes in the final colored form.

The first featured is the multicolored Fullboar, who will certainly fulfill your pig-badnik needs. The other is the Facebook exclusive “Steelion,” whose name is all sorts of pun. Normally I’d go into super commentary mode, but there isn’t much to say except, hey, they are new enemies. See you next week!

[Source: SEGA Blog]

Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS) demo now on E-Shop

Just released on the Nintendo E-Shop in North America comes a demo of the upcoming release of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The demo features five events. 25MM Rapid Fire Pistol, European Football (AKA American Soccer), Trampoline, 100m Backstroke, and BMX. Your character in each event is chosen at random and will be different with every playthrough. The European demo should be out very soon, but if the other M&S games didn’t thrill you, I doubt this one will either. I will say the controls in each event are very unique to each other and help give the game variety. Also, the last event is like a fully realized 3-D Excitebike.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be available in North America on Valentines day, February 14th and in Europe on February 10th.

Source: http://www.sonicstadium.org/2012/01/mario-sonic-at-the-london-2012-olymp…

Sega plays dangerous games in the US. Could SOPA and PIPA return in the US?

The US Government has recently made an attempt to enact rules to regulate protection of intellectual properties and to take down piracy. Thanks to the millions of people that shared anger for overbearing protection and angry high school kids cheating on their homework, both (according to Sonic Retro) the SOPA and PIPA have been banned for reconsideration. What great timing for this and the re-release of Sonic CD via Stream in the West, as it lets us recall an incident as early as 1993 during the US Senate hearings for violent video games.

If you call the lengthy retrospective of the Sega Mega CD/Sega CD, as well as another one of its landmark titles, Night Trap, the developers put out a short documentary named “Dangerous Games” regarding their perspective during and after the hearings from producers, actors as well as avid ‘gamers.’

Here you can watch a video about it: