AB | CD | EF
| GH | IJ | KL |
| OP | QR | ST |
Definitions for Shin/Sega
Force and video game related terms/phrases
A~B | Index
bias - slant; one
sided inclination; leaning; swaying impulse; influence. We openly admit
that Shin/Sega Force is biased (positively) towards Sega and it's products.
However, the media loses a lot of credibility when they claim to be unbiased
(especially towards Sega) as we know this is not true. In other words,
they lose credibility when claiming to be unbiased when in fact,
they are quite biased. Just read the DFP
Quotes and you'll see a small example of the constant negative bias
the media has for Sega. If you notice a distinct difference between
an article written by a DFP and Shin/Sega Force with regards to the same
subject, then you know their negative bias and our positive bias exists.
C~D | Index
capable - able;
gifted; having the power to accomplish. The single best description of
Sega software, hardware and program teams. DFP's spend a lot of time trying
to tell you what Sega systems are not able to do. Unfortunately
for them, they lose credibility when Sega continually proves them wrong.
For example: 1) Genesis doesn't have a hardware scaling function but it
was easily achieved through the software prowess of Sega programmers;
2) Saturn doesn't have a hardware light source shading function but it
was also easily accomplished, etc., and the list goes on...)
E~F | Index
choice - alternative; power
to select; a conscious decision. This is one power that Sega Fans
hold high. The ability to choose if, when and where one buys software and
hardware. This power has been granted by Sega and Nintendo (and others)
for years in the video game business. A conscious decision that all game
players should endeavor to keep.
comp - short for compensate;
to make up for; counterbalance. What you need to do when you read DFP articles.
That is, you need to "comp(ensate) for the source". For instance,
you read an article that rates
any Sega game a "6". You would "comp(ensate)
for the source" (a DFP) and therefore, depending on which DFP it is, you
may have to add "2" points to the score in order to get the real score;
"8". Another example, a DFP rates a PSX game and comes up with "9".
You would "comp(ensate) for the source" (a DFP) and therefore, depending
on which DFP it is, you may have to subtract "3" points from the score
in order to get the real score; "6". Many gameplayers have been doing this
for years, only now you know just what it's called.
consistent - constant; almost
always the same; faithful, expected or regular. There are a lot of
constants in this world. The video game world has no shortage of
them either. For instance, Sega faithfully makes superior
software and hardware. DFPs never miss an opportunity to diss
Sega. Even though Sega is hailed for excellent software, they almost
always seem to get a bad wrap when it comes to hardware. Sega has
earned fan loyalty due to their consistent ability to provide gameplayers
with unsurpassed fun.
credibility - worthy of belief;
trusted opinions; power based on the trust of others. This is what the
mainstream media is supposed to develop with its constituents. However,
when you realize that they have a double standard and are full of hypocrisy,
it becomes difficult to take their statements at face value. As a result,
many gameplayers (even those who aren't Sega Fans) must comp for the media
in order to get the story reasonably close to reality.
cynical - seeing the more
unworthy motive in others; admittedly skeptical of others. What a Sega
Fan becomes quite often after reading a Dark Force Publication's (DFP's)
articles regarding Sega or encountering someone who is under the influence
of the Dark Force. Many people insist that it's impossible to enjoy
Sega hardware and software -- this drives (among other things) many gamefans
to a cynical attitude.
dead - no longer alive; extinguished.
A truly dead console fits one or more of these criteria:
As far as some people are concerned, a console is
"dead" as soon as it isn't #1, or isn't popular, or doesn't have 5 new
games a week, or they don't like it (anymore), or advertising is scarce,
or renting is hard, etc... We believe this is a narrow minded
attitude which doesn't account for millions of gameplayers who continue
to enjoy a given console way after its retail popularity is extinguished.
Therefore, what's "dead" to you, may not be dead to someone else
and vise versa. The media has described the Saturn as a "dead" console
since at least August of 1997. What I don't understand is why they
have to keep reminding us that they think it's dead? Our memory
not that short...
You don't own or want the console in
You don't play the console in question.
You don't buy any more games for the
console in question.
You don't attempt to inform yourself about
the console in question.
DFP - Dark Force Publication.
A media source which is under the influence of the Dark Force. Therefore,
a DFP takes every opportunity to concentrate on and publish negative
articles about Sega while minimizing and/or ignoring anything
which could forward Sega's position in the market. This is not a
blanket statement for every article they write or all media sources. Now,
this does not mean you can not gain knowledge from DFPs --
quite the contrary. All you have to do is comp for the source.
However, you run the risk of being misled or misinformed
if you don't know how to (or that you should) comp for the source.
The DFPs have called
off the dogs while the Dreamcast is the only next generation console
available. For obvious reasons, this action (by them) is practically
mandatory. However, it is our belief that the attitudes will go
back to normal once the PSX2 finally comes to market.
Dark Force - A mysterious
power which controls many mainstream media sources and others; it commands
those in its grip to do everything in their power to put Sega down.
Basically, an unknown energy which seeks to destroy Sega and its Fans.
Check out the DFP
Quotes and DFP
Comix for more info.
Dark Force Publication -
deter - convince to abstain
from; discourage; frighten. This is the mode of operation of the
DFPs regarding Sega and its products. When reading DFP articles about Sega,
one often feels discouraged from purchasing Sega products unless
one has thoroughly researched the products in question. One would
think the mainstream media is a good source of true information
(as in 99% of the time), but they spend too much time convincing people
that Sega is not worthy. Hence, we have the need to comp (see above
definition) for the source.
Dreamcast - see Uberconsole.
DWSC - Disenchanted With
Sega Club. A group of people who own Sega merchandise and feel like they've
made the wrong decision in its purchase and/or are not satisfied with its
support in general. Of course, this can and does occur naturally.
However, this state of mind (obviously not all) can sometimes be
to the DFPs consistent attitude towards Sega merchandise. After
all, if you don't know that Saturn has over 300 American
games, can do transparency, and does gouraud shading, etc...,
then your main source of factual information (DFP's) has to be at least
responsible for your lack of knowledge.
fact - thing known
to be true or to have occurred. It's a fact that the Saturn has more RAM
than the PSX. It's a fact the Saturn's hardware can not do arbitrary
polygon transparencies, but it can do flat background transparencies
of nearly infinite sizes and software transparencies. If
the media would be more forthright about Sega and its products, then there
wouldn't be so many people that get the facts wrong. For
instance, when the media gets the facts wrong or misrepresents opinion
as fact, some uninformed readers can form incorrect opinions based
on those bogus "facts". Which takes us back the one of our main
slogans: "Information is KEY".
G~H | Index
force - strength; power;
measurable influence to action. Nobody forces you to like
or accept any console, company, publisher, programmer, game or opinion
as being the best. It's up to you to inform yourself and
then (hopefully) make informed decisions based on your knowledge. I know
it can be difficult to inform yourself about Sega and its products, especially
if you don't want to hear the "it's dead" and "it's no good" party line
the mass media seems to cling to. They may be able to convince the ignorant
to stay away from Sega by omitting (the positive) and magnifying
(the negative), but the informed decision resides with you alone...
Gamefan - hardcore
gamer; hardcore gameplayer; a hardcore player of all games; especially
Sega games. Gamefans always buy what they want based on their
ability to enjoy it, not necessarily its popularity or lack
thereof. Gamefans can appreciate all software and hardware
based on merit alone.
I~J | Index
Gamer - someone that plays
video games. The following detailed description was authored by the
ever intelligent, most hardcore, Metal Gear X -- or MGX for short.
There are many terms
to label someone on his or her level of gaming skills/knowledge/appreciation
for the hobby. The following is not meant to be “the way it is”, just the
way I look at it. Neither is the following info “set in stone”. I’ll be
the first to admit that I am speaking in general and maybe even “stereotyping”.
And of course for every rule, there is an exception. = ) I have also left
out a few sub-levels that I believe exist like “technical gamers” and “old
school gamers”. I look at it like this:
happy - glad, content; joyful,
lucky; fortunate, prosperous. What a Sega Fan becomes when he/she realizes
that those who are under the spell of the Dark Force will probably
never be able to enjoy games like Phantasy Star, Sonic, Shining Force,
Fighters Megamix or Shining the Holy Ark -- unless they join the Sega Force.
Level 1 – The Weekend Gamer – Someone who
plays games once in a while, maybe Tetris at work and You Don’t Know Jack
with friends on the weekend. And there’s nothing wrong with being a Level
Level 2 – The Mainstream or “Casual” Gamer –
Someone who shows a lot of interest in the hobby and enjoys playing video
games. This could be anyone from the Pokemon loving grade schooler to the
guy at the arcade that “really likes playing House of the Dad 2”… maybe
a little too much. And there’s nothing wrong with being a level 2 gamer,
in fact there is something “pure” about it. The mainstream isn’t at the
point where they care about Nintendo’s/Sega’s/Sony’s financial situation
in Japan. They don’t know what tri-linear filtering is or what it does
for a game. They don’t know codenames for development kits. Sometimes I
wish I could just not know a lot of the stuff that I know and be a “casual
gamer” again. :-)
Level 3 – Fanboys™ – I’m almost tempted to
list Fanboys at Level 0, but I have to admit that Fanboys™ are Fanboys™
because at heart, they like to play games (most of them anyway). They like
to think that they're "hardcore", but for lack of maybe experience or intelligence,
they just don’t have what it takes. Fanboys™ are usually gung-ho for one
company and refuse to see the good in any of that company’s competition.
Fanboys™ are uninformed and easily influenced by the media. Their source
for “media information” is usually questionable and they will lose a fact
based argument with a level 4 gamer every time. I despise confident Fanboys,
but I know where they’re coming from as I was once at this immature level.
Anyway, on many occasion, one must pass through level 3 to get to level
4. : )
Level 4 – The Gamer – I don’t consider someone
a gamer just because they have mad skillz or because they are mega-informed
on the hobby or spend a lot of money on it. It takes a combination of what
I listed at the beginning of this post – skills, knowledge and an appreciation
for the hobby. You may not have the skills to beat every game on the planet,
that’s OK. You may not have the money to import every game from Japan,
that’s OK. You may not know everything about the industry and that’s OK
too. I’m sure that with practice, I could beat 99% of the games that I
play; I just don’t have the time to do so anymore. I don’t have the money
to import every single game from Japan that I would like to. Heck, I can’t
afford to buy all of the English games that I would want to. And I certainly
don’t know everything about the industry (who does?), but I try to keep
myself informed with the facts. I consider my self and people like me to
be “true gamers”. We enjoy playing games because they entertain us, not
because they’re #1 on Videogames.com top 10 lists. We buy consoles because
they have games we want to play, not because they render 7 quadrillion
micro polygons a second. We all have our own opinions on what’s good and
bad for the industry, but we all agree on one thing – VIDEO GAMES RULE!
I reserve the term “hardcore” as a compliment or way of paying respect
to someone I view (for one reason or another) as an especially cool “gamer”.
And yes, gamers are allowed to have favorites. My favorite game company,
I’m proud to say, is SEGA.
hardcore - solid; vigorous;
robust; bold; shrewd; innermost belief; central way of existing.
If you enjoy Sega products, then chances are you would characterize
yourself as a hardcore gamer. After all, pick your favorite
reason (or any, for that matter) not to be an owner of Sega products
and you (being a hardcore gamer) probably think it's ridiculous.
Of course, hardcore gamers most likely enjoy all games and consoles
based on individual merit -- nothing else.
hardware - consisting mainly
of CPU(s), circuit board(s), wires, power source(s), RAM, ROM, disk drive(s)
and control devices. This is what utilizes executable program code (software).
Usually having many built in functions such as scaling, color palettes,
gouraud shading, etc... If you want to play Sega software,
you need Sega hardware first. In the hands of capable programmers,
hardware and software can overcome many obstacles (e.g.:
Sega CD, Saturn, 3D Pad, RAM cart, etc.). Remember this: "The hardware
be at least as good as the software it plays"...
hypocrisy - assuming of a
false appearance of virtue; insincerity. This is what you'll get if you
about Sega in many of the mainstream media's (a.k.a. Dark Force Publications
or DFP) articles. An ongoing attitude regarding Sega going back
at least as far as 1988. For example, every DFP made absolutely
sure you knew that Sega CD games could, on occasion, take a while to load.
However, it's rarely noted (and hidden well when it is) that some
PSX games can take an eternity to load!!! This double standard must
information - what
is told; knowledge. One of our prime slogans is "Information is KEY". For
instance, there are too many people out there that own a Saturn
and don't even know how many games are out for it in America.
Ostensibly, the mass media is supposed to inform you of such things
as well as many others. Unfortunately, all too often Sega Fans only
see one side of the story -- the magnification of negative aspects
and the omission and/or minimization of positive aspects
regarding Sega and its products. That is why it is more important than
ever that you inform yourself about Sega. It takes a lot of effort
to find reliable, newsworthy, worthwhile information
about Sega -- and Shin/Sega Force endeavors to be your #1 source for just
K~L | Index
knowledge - what
one knows; information one remembers. Unfortunately, it's too easy
to be misinformed about Sega and its products these days. One's knowledge
is only as good as the source from which it came. Hence, Sega Fans
spend a lot of time comping (see: comp) for the source in order
to get the facts
straight. It's a tragedy how many gameplayers
don't (or refuse to) realize it when they're being misinformed.
The DFPs (see: DFP) garner a lot of respect simply because of their position
in the arena of videogame reporting. With the rising popularity of Fan
sites it will (thankfully) become more and more difficult for the DFPs
to get away with this format of deterring (see: deter) people from
Sega -- or whatever else they deem no good.
M~N | Index
merit - excellence;
worth; quality of deserving; value; virtue; effectiveness. Hardcore
Gamefans buy and enjoy games and consoles based on individual merit.
The beauty of this fact is that what's good for one gamer may not
be good for another -- but a hardcore Gamefan can appreciate merit
in things he doesn't prefer as well as those which he does.
O~P | Index
notion - idea; opinion; belief.
This is almost identical to opinion, but I believe there is a bit more
behind this term. Many of the notions put forth by the DFPs are contradictory,
which leads to our cynicism and the loss of their credibility.
For instance, how many times have you heard the media say that Sega should
just concentrate on software because they're really good
at that. Simultaneously, the notion that Sega's hardware is always
seems to have been accepted as fact by many. Well, gameplayers would like
to know who's inferior hardware these supposed "great games" are
omit - leave out;
neglect, purposely forget, exclude, eliminate, ignore, overlook, or disregard.
This is what the DFPs specialize in when it comes to positive information
about Sega. Unfortunately, this causes a hideous side effect
for some people known as "misinformed about Sega" -- which, in turn, may
lead to DWSC (see: DWSC). That's OK though as we gladly
tell people the whole truth here at Shin/Sega Force.
Q~R | Index
opinion - what one thinks
about something; judgment. An opinion is true to those who agree with it.
An opinion is not necessarily based entirely on fact(s). Opinions
can be based on any one or more of the following criteria: bias,
facts, emotion, ignorance and knowledge. Everyone has an opinion about
video games. It's important to remember that opinions can change
and they can be skewed as well. That's why an informed opinion
will reap the highest amount of satisfaction you can get.
ostensible - professed, assumed,
show, or display. At one time gameplayers assumed the media
was providing most or all the facts about Sega. After all, isn't
their main job to inform gamefans about games -- even
Sega games? Over time though, Sega Fans realized that this was not
the case. Therefore, many media sources have professed their intent
to misinform people about Sega via omission, bias, and hypocrisy -- for
which gameplayers have learned to comp for the source.
proficient - capable of doing
something very well; skilled; practiced. Most Sega Fans are proficient
at "comping (see: comp) for the source" while most DFPs are proficient
at "deterring (see: deter) people from Sega". For instance, reading
reviews that search for ways to diss Shining Force III while consistently
reminding you that "Saturn is dead" requires a bit of proficient comping
to make up for the proficient deterrent. It's simply a matter of converting
their opinions to your own scale of opinion...
PSX - short for Patiently
This is what many gameplayers must do in order to avoid the temptation
to have fun with the Uberconsole. They must patiently sap the xenon
gas from their Sony consoles in order to release their anxiety and gain
the temperance needed to wait for the forthcoming emotion engine.
By the way, we find nothing wrong with this behavior -- I'm merely
shedding light on its existence.
recant - withdraw
a statement or opinion. This is what the media occasionally must
do since they are too quick to report negative stories regarding Sega.
In some very rare instances, statements regarding other companies
are recanted as well. Since this is a problem, the media's credibility
comes into question and makes it necessary for Gamefans to comp
for their statements too.
S~T | Index
receptive - able, willing
and quick to receive; a philosophy held high by all Sega Fans. One's state
of mind upon encountering someone under the Dark Force's grip in
an effort to help him join the Shin/Sega Force. The willingness
of Sega Fans to teach others the way of the Shin/Sega Force.
Sega - Service
Games. Software and hardware creator; innovator;
The foundation of Sega Fans and the Shin/Sega Force. A company which creates
software and hardware both in the home and arcade. A company which has
the largest creative and original program teams assembled on earth.
Creator of the largest choice of console systems worldwide. Simply
the best label to look for when searching for consistent video game
U~V~W | Index
Sega Fan - One who knowingly
joins the ranks of the Shin/Sega Force. Anyone who plays Sega games because
it's what he/she wants to do, not what others (like the mainstream
media) tell them to do. This person doesn't give a hoot about fads,
which system sold the most, which system has the most games, which system
is technically the most powerful, which system has the most ads, which
system yields the best high from inhaling its smoke or anything else which
has little to do with the enjoyment of game playing. A Sega Fan
is not a fair weather fan, but a deep rooted ideological
supporter. One who has likely enjoyed decades of Sega's superior
software and hardware. Finally, someone who appreciates originality,
creativity and innovative game ideas...
Sega Force - A powerful entity
which binds all who enjoy Sega; the realization of a dream that
began eight years ago. A place where Sega Fans can go to enjoy reading
about their favorite hobby. Where anyone can go to learn about Sega
-- going all the way back to the Master System days. A haven for the serious
gamer, one who is likely sick of the constant negative slant Sega
has gotten since the Master System in many publications. A place where
we look for ways to enhance your enjoyment of Sega, not deter
it. In summary, this is where one goes to learn about and appreciate the
Shin Force -
A synonym for Sega Force, Shinobi Force, and Shining
Force. The ultimate way to inform yourself about Sega and its products.
For those who seek the whole truth and nothing but the truth
-- plus the occasional irreverent knock on competing consoles,
hardcore sarcasm, and just what the doctor ordered in the cynicism
software - executable code;
a game; an operating system; a programmers creation. This is what Sega
is all about. The single best reason to purchase Sega products,
especially hardware. In some instances, software can produce hardware
functions. Essentially, software has been and probably always will be Sega's
card in the video game business (e.g.: Dragon Force, Iron Storm, Phantasy
Star, etc.). Remember this: "Software is the real test of
true - in accordance with
facts; faithful; exact; correct. Truth is what the DFPs need more of when
it comes to the subject of Sega. Sega Fans don't just want the partial
truth, they want the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And
why not? It's a reasonable request. Fans of other companies get
it nearly all the time. All we seek is the same quality of true
information about Sega as the DFPs provide about everyone else. Shin/Sega
Force attempts to sift through the bull in order to provide you
what you want -- true information. Remember this: "To recant is
but to need to do it semi-often is questionable"...
- "uber" is the German word for: over, high, or above. When used
in conjunction with console: exalted; raised; elevated; super. Uberconsole
(notice, since it's a name, it's always capitalized) is used to graphically
describe the Dreamcast's supremacy over anything you can buy in
the console market. In other words... the exalted-console; or simply put...
is a synonym for Dreamcast.
X~Y~Z | Index
You'll notice that many
people use the word "uberconsole" generically to describe other consoles.
This is fine because the generic term "uberconsole" is not the same as
the specific name "Uberconsole". Anyway, I'm sure the media will
eventually be able to come up with something original for competing consoles...
Obviously, some time
in the future, when other next generation consoles arrive, a technical
supremacy will not be there anymore. However, this nickname will
always be associated with Sega's latest wonder-machine -- which,
by the way, will always play Sega's Ubersoftware.