News From July 1997:
PowerVR or 3Dfx? - 7/17/97 - 7:44:04 PM
Konami May Directly Market In US - 7/13/97 - 2:45:00 PM
Duke 3d and Quake Looking Good - 7/7/97 - 8:00:54 AM
No NetLink In Europe - 7/7/97 - 7:57:17 AM
The title is self explanatory. As earlier reported, Sega has ended their contract with 3Dfx. They made no official comment on what technology will be used in their next console system instead, however use of a PowerVR variant is expected.
This is a clip from a Microprocessor Report summary (Vol. 11, Issue 9): Sega 64 dumps 3Dfx for PowerVR. While this news is perhaps referring to Sega's PC games, I think that it may reflect on Sega's new system. If they choose the PowerVR for the PC, it would make sense to use the same chipset in their next console system thus speeding conversion from either platform. I also find it strange that they use the words 'Sega 64,' is this referring to a new system? All is speculation, but I still think its an interesting tidbit.
Recently, reps from Konami USA have posted a message to various Usenet newsgroups (such as r.g.v.sega) asking if gamers would be interested in buying certain games direct from Konami. Here's the message:
Konami is asking gamers to e-mail them and let them know how they feel about having Salamander CD and Gradius Cd packs released here in the U.S. If you really like shooters, here is your chance to express your feelings to a company that cares how you feel about certain games. Don't hestitate to e-mail your thought to Konami. Unlike other games companies (Square - Tobol #2, Final Fantasy pack,) Konami is actaully listening to their fans. It's about time someone does. E-mail Konami at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be happy to see these games in the US. However, I am curious about the statement "Konami is actually listening to their fans." This seems strange coming from a company that won't bring over any of their Saturn games to the US despite high demand from gamers. Perhaps Konami is ready to listen now. Please take a moment to send a little message to Konami stating your concerns. It would be a good time also to request bringing over Policenauts (sequel to Snatcher).
Source CVG (British):
This news is a little old, but I forgot to mention it in yesterdays newsletter. At this time there are no plans to release the NetLink in Europe because of disappointing sales in the US. Perhaps when the networkable games come out, sales will pick up.
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