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Sweet Virtual On Posters Are Sweet, Perfect for Your iPhone/iPad/Other Mobile Device

Man, what happened to all the sweet mech games, guys?

Sega hasn't done much worth getting excited about with the Virtual On series in a while, but like so many other of Sega's franchises from its arcade heyday, the series continues to inspire legions of fans to pine for the past.

One such fan is Dan Clarke, an artist over at JP74.com--and fellow mech aficionado. He's produced a series of rather awesome Virtual On posters for your perusal. Clarke hasn't yet committed to producing prints of the posters (though he should!), but they're currently the perfect size for mech-ing up your mobile device.

Makes you wonder what happened to the whole mech genre, anyway. Have we just moved on? Sega tried to revitalize Virtual On on Xbox Live Arcade, but that didn't go anywhere. Perhaps our savior is Capcom's Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, which swaps the controller of a thousand sons (and buttons) for a completely controllerless experience, relying on Microsoft's Kinect device.

Gulp.

Check out the rest of Clarke's posters on his website.

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Posted by patrickklepek

Sega hasn't done much worth getting excited about with the Virtual On series in a while, but like so many other of Sega's franchises from its arcade heyday, the series continues to inspire legions of fans to pine for the past.

One such fan is Dan Clarke, an artist over at JP74.com--and fellow mech aficionado. He's produced a series of rather awesome Virtual On posters for your perusal. Clarke hasn't yet committed to producing prints of the posters (though he should!), but they're currently the perfect size for mech-ing up your mobile device.

Makes you wonder what happened to the whole mech genre, anyway. Have we just moved on? Sega tried to revitalize Virtual On on Xbox Live Arcade, but that didn't go anywhere. Perhaps our savior is Capcom's Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, which swaps the controller of a thousand sons (and buttons) for a completely controllerless experience, relying on Microsoft's Kinect device.

Gulp.

Check out the rest of Clarke's posters on his website.

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Edited by HAL9000

Awesome those look great!

Edited by Piranesi

Neat - really like this new wave of retro game posters.

Also check out Olly Moss "A Life Well Wasted" and "Video Game Classics" at  http://www.ollymoss.com/


Posted by StealthRaptor

Bah, why'd you have to remind me about the new Steel Battalion? I really want to bust out my old controller for something. Anything.

Posted by Sin4profit

As far as Mech games i have my eye on Hawken

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Posted by NeilRapalee

Wow, seeing those sweet Saturns on the back of Temjin reminds me of how much I used to love that game.

Posted by Itwastuesday

Hawken will deliver us from our non-mechanized gaming hell

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Posted by Renahzor

Im sad that the trailer for the new Mechwarrior reboot game was the last thing we saw out of that "game" a couple years ago.  We could do with a really well done Mech game based on the Classic Battletech/Mechwarrior canon.  

Posted by Echo
@Sin4profit said:
As far as Mech games i have my eye on Hawken
Yep. This is number one on my anticipated releases. Game looks so rad.
Posted by SuperWristBands
@Echo said:
@Sin4profit said:
As far as Mech games i have my eye on Hawken
Yep. This is number one on my anticipated releases. Game looks so rad.
No doubt, that game looks hawt.
Posted by Mesoian

No Angelen? Boo...

Posted by Underachiever007

Those are some great, great looking posters.

Posted by TigerDX

I really enjoyed Virtual On on the Saturn. For whatever reason, Oratorio Tangram didn't have the same draw on the Dreamcast, so I wasn't into getting it on XBLA. I guess the formula just can't sustain more than one game.


Some sick dome-explosions in that original, though.
Posted by Terrorhawk

Double Fine is also working on Trenched, which is sort of a mech game, right?

Posted by Bengosha

Really looking forward to Armored Core 5. People just write off that series all too often.

Posted by MrKlorox

I want another turn based Front Mission game.

Posted by Xpgamer7

Trenched is what's become of mech games. 

Posted by nickystixx

i liked VOOT XBLA. i also have the original Dreamcast version. great games.

Posted by Bengosha
@MrKlorox: Yes! Don;t know what they where thinking turning it into the shooter that is is now. Hopefully they can turn it around.
Posted by Mayu_Zane
@Sin4profit said:
As far as Mech games i have my eye on Hawken
same here
Posted by Tebbit
@Mayu_Zane said:
@Sin4profit said:
As far as Mech games i have my eye on Hawken
same here
I am so excited for this game. It looks - as they said back when mech games were popular - totally radical.
Posted by EchoEcho

I'm looking forward to Armored Core 5, being a big fan of the series. Hawken also looks great. And whatever happened to that MechWarrior reboot that was supposed to be happening? They released that teaser trailer, and then nothing.

Posted by Turambar

What happened to to the mech genre?  Its called Super Robot Wars.  That is a train that will never run out of steam.

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@TigerDX said:

I really enjoyed Virtual On on the Saturn. For whatever reason, Oratorio Tangram didn't have the same draw on the Dreamcast, so I wasn't into getting it on XBLA. I guess the formula just can't sustain more than one game.
Some sick dome-explosions in that original, though.

I know what you mean, I felt the exact same way at the time, but I eventually came around and began to see the merits of the DC game.

I play the original Saturn game with this baby :)