A cute blue hedgehog once looked like the future of Video gaming, but Sega have had little luck Since their Sonic glory days. PlayStations and N645 sold millions, while Sega's Saturn console gathered dust on shelves. But Sega is fighting back with Dreamcast, a staggering 128-bit machine designed to kick Sony's and Nintendo’s butts. The graphics and sound are certain to be cutting-edge, and most major software designers are already q working on games. Watch this space. Dreamcast will be available by Christmas 7999, priced around £750.

Converse D-Rod

Blame All Saints. Blame Jason Nevins. Blame Tupac buying the farm. Whatever the reason, hip hop is . . . well . . . hip and there’s no funkier street garb than impractically baggy trousers and trainers the size of Puff Daddy’s bank balance. With this in mind, Converse is launching a new basketball shoe, the D-Rod a cool black and red number specially designed for b-ball star, Dennis Rodman. The company pimps its new sneaker at the NBA Jam 2000, a free event in Glasgow, where you can slam- dunk the day away.

NBA Jam 2000 is at George Square, Glasgow, Sun 72 Jul, noon. The D-Rod is available from all good sports stores, f 7 9. 99.


He may look like a tarantula died on his head, but you should take Coolio seriously. One of hip hop’s biggest names, he notched up 4 million sales of the crossover single 'Gangsta’s Paradise', following this success up with a hit album, My Soul and the single ’C U When U Get There’. Check him out on his Scottish dates.

C oo/io plays the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 27 Jul and the Liquid Room, Edinburgh,

Wed 22 Jul.

Offering more booze than you can shake an Alka-Seltzer at, the nifty wine merchant chain Oddbins has just uncorked its biggest UK store in Glasgow. As well as the expected selection of fine plonk, this gargantuan offy promises to be the ultimate malt whisky store. You can pick up over 100 different malts as well as approximately 50 special and rare bottlings, plus there’s a special tasting area built around a pot still. Oddbins The Ultimate Wine Store is open now, Crow Road, Glasgow.


4 THE UST 9—23 Jul 1998