This 1996 SEGA Game Tester Training Video is Nineties as ALLLLL HECK…

What you see before you (other than this awesome website, ThePractitioNERD.com) is this training video created by SEGA from the year-of-our-Lord 1996.  This 28-minute “trainumentary” with run-of-the-mill “butt rock” and MTV editing that reeks of the 90’s was created for rookie video game testers at Sega of America’s office in Redwood City, California.  The video was recently released to the internet at large by the production company behind it, Green Mill Filmworks. Continue reading “This 1996 SEGA Game Tester Training Video is Nineties as ALLLLL HECK…”

New Japan Pro Wrestling Invades The Upcoming ‘Yakuza 6’ Game

Since Sega debuted this game series back in 2005 on the PlayStation 2, the Yakuza games have brought a unique flavor of open-world brawling to consoles worldwide. Think of it as modern Grand Theft Auto meets old-school River City Ransom set in Japan.  I recall Area5 (you know, the former “1Up Show” people) referring to the series as “Shenmue done right.” Anyway, the PlayStation 4-exclusive Yakuza 6 is coming out soon in Japan, and it’s been reported by a Japanese gaming publication that New Japan Pro Wrestling stars will be appearing in the game as a rival gang. I love this; I want this; ALL of this; IN MY FACE! Continue reading “New Japan Pro Wrestling Invades The Upcoming ‘Yakuza 6’ Game”

‘Sonic Mania’ and ‘Project Sonic 2017’ to come out next year?! C’mon 2017; I’mmm Waaaitinnnng…

At the Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Celebration — which I’m required to write to further perpetuate the notion that The PractitioNERD secretly operates as a Sonic Fan Site — that happened at San Diego ComicCon 2016 this past week (which not only included celebrating the character’s 25th anniversary, sing-a-longs, a God-awful livestream — contrary to the better live experience on-location —  and a merchandising crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sanrio characters, like Hello Kitty), two new Sonic video games were officially announced. The first game that will celebrate the 25-year-old franchise will be Sonic Mania, in which the above trailer starts with an awesome remix of the end theme to the Genesis version of Sonic 3D Blast, and is slated for release in Spring 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Continue reading “‘Sonic Mania’ and ‘Project Sonic 2017’ to come out next year?! C’mon 2017; I’mmm Waaaitinnnng…”

Sega Game Gear – Doc’D #47

In this video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, features, and lasting legacy of Sega’s Game Gear portable video game system.
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Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble – Doc’D #35

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In this month’s video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, gameplay, and legacy of Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble on the Sega Game Gear. Continue reading “Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble – Doc’D #35”

Watch The New Day, Ric Flair, And More Get The Sega Genesis Treatment In This WWE 2K16 Parody Video

I love that I can still pop WWF No Mercy in my Nintendo 64 and enjoy that little bit of nostalgic wrestling video games that make me feel like a kid again. Truthfully, there’s’ probably NO other feeling like it! However, something new and original could probably help re-create that feeling of childhood nostalgia, especially if it’s executed properly; kind of like this… Continue reading “Watch The New Day, Ric Flair, And More Get The Sega Genesis Treatment In This WWE 2K16 Parody Video”

My First (& Favorite) Game Expansion: ‘Sonic & Knuckles’

Expansion packs and downloadable content for already-released video games has been a standard practice in the games industry for decades. The best expansions don’t stop at just adding a few extra hours to the game; they enhance and expand the ideas, concepts and systems of the existing game. The best expansions bring further insight into the game’s world, add new story ideas and brand, new mechanics on top of the existing ones. That’s exactly what my favorite game expansion of ALL TIME did, and that game was Sonic & Knuckles on the Sega Genesis. Continue reading “My First (& Favorite) Game Expansion: ‘Sonic & Knuckles’”

MERRY Day-After-CHRISTMAS! – WIRed #131

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It’s time for Episode #131 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses affordable housing that merges the city and the forest, my favorite tech devices that died early deaths, the return of the mighty ZX Spectrum, and HO-HO-HO, it’s Santa Mick Foley! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “MERRY Day-After-CHRISTMAS! – WIRed #131”

Ahead of Their Time: My 4 Favorite Gadgets That Died Too Soon

Perhaps the greatest tragedy in tech are the heaps of gadgets tossed on the metaphorical funeral pyre too early. Maybe it was poor marketing, an unfounded lack of support, or simply bad timing that did them in, but whatever the case, they died much too soon.  These four pieces of forward-thinking hardware were more a refinement on an already existing platform, and while in some cases bits and pieces of these machines have trickled into other products and services, but all of these gadgets share the fate of extinction. Poor, poor devices….

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