Train2Game News Share Your SEGA Mega Drive Story


What was your first encounter with the SEGA Genesis?

Did your parents buy you one after you discovered it in a local toy store
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Perhaps you saved up all that hard-earned money, working the paper route and mowing lawns, in order to afford one?

Or maybe your next-door neighbor was lucky enough to own one and you always found time to visit.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the SEGA Genesis and this fall’s
release of the Genesis Mini, we invite you to send us a video clip
sharing your personal story with the legendary console.

The process is easy, as you can record and submit straight from your phone!

Revisit that long summer vacation playing Phantasy Star IV, perform a cover of your favorite in-game song, share your amazing cosplay, do your best “SEGA!!” scream with your friends – we want you to show off your creativity and love for the Genesis!

Send your clip by August 13 for a chance to be included in our compilation video! But before you do, we have some tips for recording your video:
  • Camera Setup: Talk directly to the camera, just like you’re doing a video chat.
  • Video length: Please keep your video submissions no longer than 1 minute in length.
  • Using your phone: Please hold your phone on its side and record your video horizontally (landscape mode).
  • Lighting: Ideally record during the day, with indirect lighting – avoid drastic face shadows.
  • Sound: Please record in a quiet location and avoid background noise.
  • Clothing: Please avoid logos or complex patterns on your clothing.
Once you are done recording, please visit our submission page at https://www.sega.com/mystory to submit your video.
No need to be perfect – we want our fans to speak directly from the heart.
Non-English speakers are welcome. Don’t miss this chance to share your
story with the world!

Train2Game Alexa wants you to tell a story

A team of Texas gaming developers have launched a groundbreaking Alexa-based multi-player game that is taking gaming creativity to a new level. The ‘Story Builder’ Alexa Skill unleashes storytellers around the world to collaborate on new works – one line at a time – using just their imaginations and voices.

“Story Builder is unique to Alexa Skills because it’s all about tapping the immense creative potential of Alexa users,” said Lazy Samurais’ Dayan Yar. “Story Builder inspires hive-mind storytelling – multiple people are creating sagas that are not only completely new, but undreamt of by any single storyteller.”

The Austin-based game studio Lazy Samurais says Story Builder is available exclusively as an Alexa Skill, the DIY gaming platform offered by the popular Amazon cloud-based voice-service.

Alexa users simply active Story Builder from the Alexa Store, and start creating.

“You can say, ‘Alexa, create a story,’ and recite the first line of an entirely new tale,” Dayan explains. “Story Builder will read the story to other players around the world, asking them to add a line on a first-come, first served basis.” Each player contributes one line and the story grows and changes as it is shared. “The outcome is completely unpredictable and the possibilities are endless,” Dayan said.

“Creative writers don’t have to be nailed to their keyboards, working alone, anymore,” Dayan added. “Collaborating and tapping the amazing creativity of others is now incredibly simple. Story Builder is a real game-changer.”
Dayan said the launch version of Story Builder will have a 20-line maximum per story. “With a line limit, story tellers focus on a beginning, middle and end. The fun will be in the twists and turns the story takes as different creatives add a line at a time.”

Lazy Samurai is exploring variable story lengths for future versions. “The initiating story teller may select short, medium or long, with preset line limits for each one,” Dayan says. “There is unlimited creative potential in the concept, and we definitely want to integrate feedback from players about how improve the experience.”

Also, players can also create private stories with their Facebook friends. “It’s a fantastic new way to use Facebook,” he Dayan adds. “You get to launch a Story Builder session with the creative people you already know.”

Story Builder has other built-in features that add to the experience. “You can participate in multiple stories at the same time and get updates as stories develop,” Dayan said. Story Builder also allows gamers to rate stories, hear completed stories, and listen to Story Builder’s ‘Top Rated’ list anytime.