TGS '99 Spring/Digitaliland Shenmue Virtual Tour (Dorimaga)

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TGS '99 Spring/Digitaliland Shenmue Virtual Tour (Dorimaga)

Postby U10 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:10 am

I found this weird, albeit unknown (at least to Western audiences) Shenmue-related thing while browsing through some Dreamcast Magazine Japan magazine scans, and thought you all might get a kick out of it:

http://retrocdn.net/index.php?title=Fil ... df&page=34

It's from the #1999-11 issue of the magazine, covering this exclusive Tokyo Game Show '99 Spring demo of Shenmue made, featuring a "Shenmue Shop" and a virtual Dreamcast booth/panel displaying the game and Dreamcast within the demo. Kinda reminds me of Second Life in a way...

EDIT: Huh. Looks like there was already a few threads about the "virtual tour" demo already: viewtopic.php?t=21138

EDIT 2: Here, some more of the Virtual Tour thing from later 1999 Dorimaga issues:

http://segaretro.org/index.php?title=Fi ... df&page=54
http://segaretro.org/index.php?title=Fi ... df&page=24
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Re: TGS '99 Spring Shenmue "Virtual Tour" (Dorimaga)

Postby johnvivant » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:45 am

i stumbled upon some screen shots of this demo (virtual exhibition) many years ago, but i could never find any further information about it. a translation of the article would be very interesting. A video of the demo would also be super interesting, but the chances of finding one now is probably very slim.

i also like the image showing the destructible boxes in the harbour.
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Re: TGS '99 Spring Shenmue "Virtual Tour" (Dorimaga)

Postby Yokosuka » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:21 am

The whole magazine is interesting, never heard of Pilot Kids by Sega before.
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Re: TGS '99 Spring Shenmue "Virtual Tour" (Dorimaga)

Postby U10 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:38 am

Yokosuka wrote:never heard of Pilot Kids by Sega before.

Pilot Kids was actually developed by Psikyo; Sega only allowed them to develop the game on their Model 2 board:

https://segaretro.org/Pilot_Kids

But I digress.
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Re: TGS '99 Spring Shenmue "Virtual Tour" (Dorimaga)

Postby Scrounder » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:23 pm

I want to play that digital tour so badly

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Re: TGS '99 Spring/Digitaliland Shenmue Virtual Tour (Dorima

Postby Switch » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:16 am

The Shenmue Master site has a good collection of various screenshots (from magazines) of the demo, and some comparisons with how the actual TGS booth looked.

http://shenmueangel.free.fr/page.php?cat=genese&page=digitaliland

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Re: TGS '99 Spring/Digitaliland Shenmue Virtual Tour (Dorima

Postby Amir » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:31 am

This is all amazing, I can't believe I'm only finding out about this almost 17 years later!
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