Sega's Hajime Satomi Talks Consoles and Trust

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Sega's Hajime Satomi Talks Consoles and Trust

If someone were to say that Sega as a company had seen better days, it would be hard to dispute that. After all, it seems like a lot of Sega's most innovative console titles are relegated to the distant past, replaced by a trickle of low-rent Sonic the Hedgehog properties. But recently, Sega's CEO Hajime Satomi offered up a bit of a rallying cry for Sega's faithful, with some new plans and a bit of "mea culpa" thrown in.

Satomi was spotted speaking to Famitsu, and Siliconera threw in the translation where Satomi noted that the company had "broken trust" with long-time fans. "Sonic Boom" had proven less than welcome, and when Sega shut down the San Francisco office and had not so much as a booth at E3 in the midst of an incredible season, it didn't bode well to the Sega faithful at all.

But Satomi did seem to throw a bone or two to those who thought that Sega was getting out of the console field altogether, drawing comparisons to that and Konami, whose plans prompted some to wonder if the company was set to leave the field.

Certainly, Sega was once a great developer. I fondly remember those Dreamcast days, and the days of interesting arcade cabinets. I remember "Crazy Taxi" fondly, and "Jambo! Safari" as well. Surely "Toejam and Earl" is a welcome memory to users, not to mention "Skies of Arcadia," and there's plenty more out there like it. Sega has plenty of wells to visit, and plenty of possibilities it could drag up. So how come every time I look at Sega all I see is that blue hedgehog smirking at me from his box art?

Sega, this is your cue. There are two big consoles out there right now, plus Nintendo. Now there's a great opportunity to get your wild and crazy stance on gaming back into play, and bring back some of that fun that we could only get from Sega.This is an opportunity for Sega to recover its old reputation, but it's going to have to make some new games to do that, and those games are going to have to be impressive. Right now, it's a lot of talk and not much action to back it up. But action has to start with talk in order to get going, so I'm willing to give Sega the benefit of the doubt for a while.

It won't always work, but when it does, it should be pretty well amazing. Give us something to watch, Sega, and you'll be back in the thick of it soon enough. But you're going to need to put out the games for this to go anywhere.


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