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SEGA adds new playlists to Spotify for those working from/hanging out at home during the pandemic

Tune in, zone out

Are you working from home due to self quarantine, or just hanging around the house to flatten the curve? SEGA wants to give you something to enjoy while you're hunkering down. That's why they've added a number of their soundtracks to Spotify for your listening pleasure. They say the playlists are for 'telework' and 'relaxation,' but obviously you can enjoy them no matter what you're doing! Check out the playlists here and here.

Sonic the Hedgehog "Easter Eggs" trailer

How many of these did you spot?

Powered with incredible speed, Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Now it’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the planet in this action-packed hit that’s fun for the whole family.

James Marsden says Sonic the Hedgehog's movie success "feels great," is "very proud" the team listened to fan feedback

It turned out alright, didn't it

James Marsden plays the lead (human) role in Sonic the Hedgehog, and he does a fine job with it. Seems like Marsden had plenty of fun with the project, and he's more than happy it found success. He talks about the film's reception in an interview with Comicbook.com.

It feels great. It feels good, because this is what you'd always hoped for when you step foot into the project, and I thought we had a good script and a great cast and an excellent director and a good team. It was a rocky road getting through it. I think we liked the movie we were making, but it got to the point where we needed to pay attention to what the fans wanted. I'm very proud and happy that we did it, and it paid off. I think we came out right at the right time before the world changed, and we were a nice dose of like, "Oh, I remember how movies can be fun and family movies can be just as entertaining as anything." We got lucky, and also, on top of that, I feel like we just made a good product and I'm super proud of it.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix 4th DLC pack trailer released

A better look at each track

As was announced earlier today, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix is getting two more waves of DLC on April 13th, 2020. You can now check out a trailer for the 4th pack above. If you missed out on the info for that pack earlier today, you can check out a recap below.

Additional Music Pack 4th (990 yen)

Songs

“World’s End Umbrella” (music and lyrics by Hachi)
“Koisuru VOC@LOID” (music and lyrics by Oster Project”
“Kami Kyoku” (music and lyrics by Onyuu-P)
“Yellow” (music and lyrics by kz (livetune))
“Negaposi*Continues” (music and lyrics by Sasakure.UK)
“Sing & Smile” (music and lyrics by Re:nG)

Modules

Hatsune Miku: Memoria, Holy Goddess, Yellow, Hello, Good Night., Cheerful Miku, Cheerful Miku AS
Kagamine Rin – Cheerful Rin
Kagamine Ren – Cheerful Ren
Megurine Luka – Cheerful Luka
Kaito – Cheerful Kaito, Cheerful Kaito AS
Meiki – Cheerful Meiko

SEGA shares Puyo Puyo background artwork

SEGA has your back

SEGA knows millions of people are using apps like Zoom to make calls to friends, family, and co-workers. That's why they're offering up a bit of free content to spice up those calls.

The official Puyo Puyo Twitter account has shared 4 different backgrounds tied to the franchise, all of which you can use on apps like Zoom for a bit of green screen fun. It certainly looks better than a bland office background!

Ben Schwartz says having Jim Carrey in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie legitimizes the whole film, and they were lucky to have him

Definitely a big get for the project

When Jim Carrey was announced as the role of Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, many people were taken aback. It was definitely a bit of clout for the film to land such a notable and successful actor. Ben Schwartz, the voice of Sonic in the film, feels the exact same way. In an interview with Cinemablend, Schwartz opens up about how lucky the project was to have Carrey involved.

I think we just got lucky that Jim Carrey happened to decide he just wanted to do this movie. Because Jim Carrey being [in] just legitimizes the whole thing. And then also he’s just like, ‘I’m gonna do comedy, the type of comedy that you’ve seen me do back in the day, I’m gonna do that again.’ He can do everything and he’s like, ‘I’m gonna choose this.’

I mean when I watched it for the first time I literally went to – we were in a small theater with just like three or four people – and I was like, ‘Oh my god,’ because I wasn’t on set. So, the first time that I saw Jim Carrey stuff was when I was getting screened and I was like, ‘Oh my god, we are so lucky. He just decided this is the movie he’s gonna do this again in.’

4th and 5th DLC packs announced for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix

More music to pack in

SEGA just released the 2nd and 3rd DLC packs for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix, and now they're following things up with two more packs. The 4th and 5th packs are on the way, and they'll be out on April 13th, 2020. The packs will be priced at 990 yen each, or you can pay for 4,950 yen for the Music Pack Season Pass, which includes all 6 music packs. Check out details on the 4th and 5th packs below.

■ Additional Music Pack 4th (990 yen)

Songs

“World’s End Umbrella” (music and lyrics by Hachi)
“Koisuru VOC@LOID” (music and lyrics by Oster Project”
“Kami Kyoku” (music and lyrics by Onyuu-P)
“Yellow” (music and lyrics by kz (livetune))
“Negaposi*Continues” (music and lyrics by Sasakure.UK)
“Sing & Smile” (music and lyrics by Re:nG)

Modules

Hatsune Miku: Memoria, Holy Goddess, Yellow, Hello, Good Night., Cheerful Miku, Cheerful Miku AS
Kagamine Rin – Cheerful Rin
Kagamine Ren – Cheerful Ren
Megurine Luka – Cheerful Luka
Kaito – Cheerful Kaito, Cheerful Kaito AS
Meiki – Cheerful Meiko

■ Additional Music Pack 5th (990 yen)

Songs

“Uta ni Katachi wa Nai Keredo” (music and lyrics by Doriko)
“Dear” (music and lyrics by 19-iku-)
“Dou Iu Koto na no!?” (music and lyrics by Kuchibashi-P)
“Clover Club” (music and lyrics by Yuuyu)
“Rin-chan Nau!” (music by Owata-P, lyrics by Sezu)
“Shinkai City Underground” (music and lyrics by TanakaB)

Modules

Hatsune Miku – Tyrol, Lab Girl, Rin-chan’s #1 Fan
Kagamine Rin – Kagamine Rin Future Style
Megurine Luka – Rin-chan’s #2 Fan

Sonic the Hedgehog cameo revealed, post-credits scene info, and Ben Schwartz comments on Sonic's original design

Secrets and behind-the-scenes insight!

We've got a bounty of Sonic the Hedgehog movie info today, and it starts off with the above image. As confirmed by Sonic the Hedgehog artist Tyson Hesse, the echidna that fires an arrow at Sonic's owl mother early in the film is actually Pachacamac from Sonic Adventure. Pachacamac, the father of Tikal, served as the mystic chief and warlord of the Knuckles Clan 4,000 years ago.

Along with that, Hesse also confirms that the cameo from the post-credits scene in Sonic the Hedgehog was planned from the very start. We'll refrain from spoiling who turns up, but mention that Hesse said he worked on the design for that character, but wasn't the one responsible for the cameo.

Finally, we have comment form Ben Schwartz, the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. In an interview with Cinemablend's ReelBlend podcast, Schwartz talks about the reaction to the original Sonic design, and the subsequent redesign. See what he had to say below.

"The way that I saw it first I think was on the trailer. I had to do ADR for the actual trailer because up until then it was all very temp," Schwartz said. "But I believe the trailer had to be done very quickly or something like that. So the first time I saw it was then. And then when it came out and the reaction it got when it came out. First of all we didn’t know if anyone would care. We care because we like video games and movies it seems. But the biggest thing we learned from that was that when it came out so many people were so vocal and it became a huge thing. It got passed around so much. It may have not been the most positive reason why it was getting passed around, but it got passed around so much and so people had such heartfelt passionate ideas for it. That the biggest thing we learned was ‘Oh, people care a lot. Let’s look at this and figure it out.'

The big thing they were trying to do was how do you bring Sonic into the real world? Because he’s a computer character, you can’t just bring him in. How will he look in a real life situation? So I think that’s what they were tackling. But I will say the new version… when I was doing my voice the whole time I was doing it the way the new version looks. In my head, that’s the way it looked. So when I saw the first one I was like ok, but when I saw the second one I was like ‘This is in my head what the little guy looks like.’"

SEGA releasing fifth demo for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game in Japan

Just incase the 4 other demos didn't convince you

Believe it or not, SEGA has released four demos for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game so far, and another is on the way. The fifth demo for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game is set to release in Japan on April 17th, 2020, giving potential customers yet another chance to check the game out. On that same date, those who own the full version of the game can take part in a new event, the 4x100m relay.

Streets of Rage 4 devs on giving the game's soundtrack the attention it deserves

Continuing the legacy

The Streets of Rage series provides some amazing beat'em-up action, but its become equally as well-known for its extremely catchy soundtracks. We recently saw that Streets of Rage 4 is going to include a star-studded team of composers to bring the new installment to life, and in an interview with Game Designer Jordi Asensio, we learn about the team's reason for going all-out.

Streets of Rage games are like music albums. It’s an adventure; it tells a story through the game. The music of the originals is so good that people, myself included, still listen to the soundtrack. So from the beginning, we wanted to give music the attention it deserves, and thanks to Cyrille Imbert (Dotemu CEO) and Alex Aniel from Bravewave Productions, we managed to find tremendous artists, and not only from the video game industry.

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