Sega Japan opens Online gameing site...


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House of Sonic opens Sega Link, an online arcade that also functions as a social-networking site.

TOKYO--Sega announced today that it has launched its new community based online game site in Japan named Sega Link. While the site's main content is games, it also allows users to create their own blogs and photo albums, chat with other users, and invite other friends to use the site's services, similar to social networking sites. Sega Link also features other services, like online fortune telling and free streaming trailers of Sega's upcoming titles.

Sega Link's main content features a huge library that ranges from board games to the latest online titles. It is split into three categories; Simple Games, Sega Classic, and Link Collection.

As the name implies, Simple Games are board and card games that users can play with each other for free, such as Blackjack, Backgammon, Mahjong, and Baccarat.

The Sega Classic section features Windows ports of classic Genesis titles such as Columns, Phantasy Star III, and Golden Axe. 20 titles are currently available, and the section is expected to grow to over 100 titles in the future. Each title costs 120 yen ($1.12) to play for 24 hours.

The Link Collection lets users enjoy a number of more recent online-enabled games that have been released for Windows. Five titles are currently offered, which are The Typing of the Dead 2004, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtual On, Derby Owner's Club Online, and Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst. The games cost from 210 yen ($1.96) to 240 yen ($2.23) to play, depending on the title.

To enjoy the games and other services available in Sega Link, users will have first have to. Services that require money can by enjoyed by purchasing electronic cash called the "Sega Cash," which is offered in increments of 1,000 yen ($9.32) and 10,000 yen ($932).

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Originally posted by stack99@Sun, 2005-06-12 @ 01:16 PM

To enjoy the games and other services available in Sega Link, users will have first have to.

Will have to what? :unsure:
$1.12 for 24hours of play?? Renting them is nice and all, but I think a buy feature should be made available for these otherwise this service could become unnafordable for some simply because they rent too many games for too many days. Can you imagine if Itunes charged you per listen for each song?