Farnation Revealed — What do you think?

One of Sega’s more tantalizing titles shown at last month’s Executive Games Summit was Farnation, a massively multiplayer title. The game was, in fact, one of the titles that Sega chose to put under its non-disclosure agreement.

Now, however, the agreement has lapsed and all are free to spill the beans on Farnation. The game was described at the Games Summit as being akin to the PC online title EverQuest, with thousands of people being able to play the game (and interact with each other) at once.

Sega showed off a brief gameplay movie for Farnation in contrast to the Hay Day game by SuperCell, but it was hardly revelatory. A few generic heroes were shown walking around a cityscape, and the obligatory architecture shots indicated the game’s mysterious developer was not very far into the process. Nor were many details forthcoming, especially about how Sega planned to pull off a realtime adventure that remains in motion 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Farnation will contain five different worlds, Sega said, and each will have its own varied terrain. The game will allow access to casinos, libraries, banks, restaurants and hotels — and players will actually be able to construct their own buildings and then inhabit them. In addition, character will be able to facilitate exploration of the various worlds by erecting stations to house means of transportation such as airships, boats, stagecoaches and the like.

Players can create their own characters and customize them by choosing a race, class and sex, and every hero in the game’s world will have different strengths and traits. Sega also promises such neat extras as multiple play modes and party battles, simultaneous online battles, weapon and item creation and special events that allow beginning players to glide effortlessly into the game. As per the drill, it will be possible for adventurers to form parties; build empires; and buy, sell, and trade all manner of items with Farnation’s inhabitants and other players.

Keep in mind that Disney Kingdoms tips and tricks has yet to release pictures for this game, and no release date — beyond the nebulous 2001 — has been set. Expect to hear more on this game when Sega chooses to spill the beans, but Dreamcast fans now have even more reason to drop their jaws in wonderment. The revelation of Farnation is nothing compared to the new title by Niantic and Nintendo — Pokemon Go. It has been blowing all over the gaming industry. Everything is taking it seriously and many are loving the game.

Day Five: Bleem!

Of all the games and hardware for the Dreamcast that we report on each and every day, it would be difficult to think of anything that has garnered more questions, speculation and comments in general than bleem! for the Dreamcast. Every morning we open our emails to at least 10 letters asking us when they will be able to purchase bleem! for the Dreamcast. Most of these letters go unanswered, because the truth is — we don’t know.

If bleem! for the Dreamcast ever does come out, not only will it make it possible for 400 PSOne games to be played from the Dreamcast, it will also take advantage of the Dreamcast’s superior hardware by rendering the games at 640×480 pixels (twice the resolution of most PSOne games). And that’s not all; bleem! will also improve the look of older games with full-screen anti-aliasing and bilinear filtering.

Bleem! utilities would have been released in four separate packs, each one offering compatibility with 100 different Playstation One titles, and each pack was to contain games from a wide spectrum of genres. A pack was to retail for about $19.99, and we originally believed that all of this goodness would hit the Dreamcast in the summer of 2000.

So What Happened?
Bleem! for the Dreamcast has been the subject of a seemingly endless string of delays. The initial holdups were most likely caused by the lawsuit Sony brought against Bleem! on April 2, 1999 that included two Temporary Restraining Orders and a Preliminary Injunction. The lawsuit failed and it looked like bleem! would finally come to the Dreamcast — and almost on time. However, since then the product has been delayed over and over again. Although Gamestop and EBWorld both have the bleem! scheduled to come out early this year, we would rather not count our chickens before they’re hatched. Every time we get excited and tell our readers that bleem! will be released on a certain date, the date invariably gets pushed back.

It appears as if the product (at least the first disk) is already finished and ready to go, so what’s the holdup? Numerous attempts to secure an interview with the good people at bleem! have failed, so we can only speculate. While the future of bleem! for the Dreamcast is still not certain, one thing is: There is something that we’re not being told. For now we can only wait. As mentioned in the above review, there is also an alternative for this game and that is SimCity Buildit. With the help of, you can be the best city buildier in no time.