Category Archives: Reflections

Review: “The Adventures of Batman and Robin” (SEGA CD, Batman Day special)

Today is apparently Batman Day, though the date of 21 September isn’t particularly significant in Batman history. DC Comics has arbitrarily selected dates for “Batman Day” for the past few years, but it’s not tied to any release, anniversary, or milestone. But we don’t need an excuse to celebrate the Dark Knight, right? So in an effort to boost website

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Review: “Rambo III” (SEGA Genesis)

In the 80s, tough, badass action heroes were all the rage, and no other onscreen action hero was bigger and badder than Rambo. With the release of Rambo: Last Blood in cinemas this weekend, the character has appeared in five separate movies, several of which spawned video game adaptations. Rambo III was released for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive shortly after

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Review: “Rambo – First Blood Part II” (SEGA Master System)

In 1986, the 8-bit era was in its infancy. Nintendo had a few months to show the world that video games were not dead (Thanks, Atari!), and SEGA had just entered into the North American market hoping to capitalize on some of Nintendo’s success. One of the earliest games for the Master System was a license of one of the

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Review: “Playing at the Next Level” (SEGA Dreamcast Anniversary Special)

Welcome back to SEGA Dreamcast 20th Anniversary Week at The Splintering! Today we’re reviewing Playing at the Next Level in which author Ken Horowitz details the history of SEGA of America with an emphasis on SEGA’s U.S. development teams and some of their more notable games.* Starting with the ill-fated Master System and continuing all the way until SEGA’s swan

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How I tried (and failed) to play every Dreamcast launch game for the console’s 20th anniversary (SEGA Dreamcast Anniversary Week special)

Well, my plans of playing through every single Dreamcast launch title for the 20th birthday of the “little white system that should have” didn’t exactly pan out as I had hoped, but I got the good majority of games booted up and played on 9/9/19! Since I didn’t actually play EVERYTHING this time around, I thought I’d just give a

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Review: “Sonic Adventure” (SEGA Dreamcast Anniversary Week Special)

Welcome to SEGA Dreamcast 20th Anniversary Week at The Splintering! I’m now going to attempt a fair review of Sonic Adventure, one of the most divisive games in SEGA’s back-catalogue. While it was received very well upon its original release in 1999, its many flaws have been exhaustively laid out since. How to proceed? Should I once again lay out

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“Graveyard Shift” creator Jon Malin defends fellow comic artist Rob Liefeld from detractors

Rob Liefeld is responsible for creating some of Marvel’s most enduring comic book characters from the 1990s. Deadpool, Cable, the X-Force- all of these were born of Liefeld’s brain, after which he went on to become one of the founding fathers of Image Comics. However, that hasn’t stopped Liefeld’s detractors from criticizing his work (including the often-parroted “Rob Liefeld can’t

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