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3:00 PM on 02.16.2014

Sega's next Shining game is a 2D fighter

Along time ago, in an arcade far far away, Sega was king of the scene. Some of the industries best fighters (Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, Virtual On...) were developed and powered by the once dominant developer. But al...

Wesley Ruscher


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Sega forcing removal of Shining Force videos on YouTube
by Tony Ponce

Over the past few days, Sega has been forcing YouTube users to remove uploaded videos of the Sega Saturn RPG Shining Force III lest their entire channels get shut down. While this is not an altogether uncommon practice for a company trying to protect its IP, the fact that Sega is targeting just specific content is rather curious. In any case, it's pretty damn heartless.

The likely reason for this action is that a new PSP installment in the Shining series, Shining Ark, will launch in Japan in February, thus Sega is afraid that consumers searching YouTube for trailers will find old gameplay footage instead and confuse the two. By extension, even videos of Shining the Holy Ark, another Saturn-era title, are being targeted because of the similar name.

Many YouTube channels have already been hit, including that of popular game critic TotalBiscuit, who has since removed all Sega content from his page out of disgust. No type of content was spared -- Let's Plays, walkthroughs, and random gameplay clips all got flagged. Hell, even videos of fans just talking about the Shining series with no accompanying game footage whatsoever are apparently copyright violations!

Remember earlier this year when the Internet took a stand against SOPA / PIPA? This was the kind of nonsense we were fighting against. This is unbelievably bad form. It makes no sense either, because why are just the Saturn Shining games catching most of the heat? Why isn't Sega going after the whole pie? If you are going to be a dick, don't stop in mid-f*ck.

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8:00 AM on 04.12.2009

Shining Force teaser site is up and teasing

Have any of you youngins out there played the original Shining Force? It's that RPG on all those Sega collections that you keep thinking you really should play, but Altered Beast keeps distracting you because you think it rea...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 02.19.2009

Shining Force Feather teaser video speaks to your inner otaku

 Even if you don't spend your time watching all the latest anime and hanging out on websites that cater to that crowd, some people are just drawn to the anime style when it comes to games. If you are one of these, you've...

Colette Bennett

10:20 AM on 02.05.2009

Shining Force Feather trailer shows off lots of new faces

I've been keeping an eye on Shining Force Feather ever since Jim got a gander at it during the Tokyo Game Show,and my diligence was rewarded with a new trailer this morning which shows off many of the characters in the game. ...

Colette Bennett

10:42 AM on 10.14.2008

Look, it's the Shining Force Feather trailer premiered at Tokyo Game Show

Well, it takes more than half of the damn video to get there, but there is actually footage of gameplay and fighting in this trailer from the upcoming Shining Force Feather DS, which our own Jim Sterling seemed to rather enjo...

Colette Bennett

1:11 AM on 10.11.2007

First Fire Emblem DS screens: who do I have to screw to get a new Shining Force?

Courtesy of Jeux France, we bring you a gallery containing the first 7 screens from the upcoming DS title Fire Emblem DS, a remake of the original Japanese Famicom classic SRPG. The screens demonstrate a gorgeous art style wh...

Earnest Cavalli