Forgotten Treasures – The Sega Dreamcast
The date that changed gaming forever. The Dreamcast’s release signaled the beginning of a new generation of gaming with (then unheard of) features that became standard with all new video game systems released thereafter.
Sega’s console swan song, the Dreamcast is still widely loved worldwide and is considered as a truly underrated game system. It’s so loved that there are actually a few game creators (both homebrew and company) who still develop games for the system up to this day.
It was the first home video game console to feature online gaming through the now defunct SegaNet. The system shipped with a 56K modem. I remember playing Quake III: Arena, Outtrigger, SNK vs. Capcom 2, and Shenmue online back in 2001. Even though it used a slower modem, games always played seamlessly, with very little slowdown, lag, or disconnects. The Dreamcast was also the first video game system that supported downloadable content for its games.
Dreamcast was home to some of the most beloved games and franchises that all serious gamers should have in their collections. Games like Grandia II, Soul Calibur, Hyrdo Thunder. Skies of Arcadia, SNK vs Capcom 1 and 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and Sonic Adventure all found a home in the Dreamcast. If you wanted a perfect port of an arcade game, you’d likely find it on the console, compared to its contemporaries. Whereas the NEO GEO was once the king of fighting game systems, the Dreamcast won over fighting fans with its robust titles, arcade-perfect ports, and (some) online gameplay.
The controller was perhaps the worst part of the package. Big and burly, it also had one of the worst d-pads in history. Playing games became harder because of it. Most dreamcast owners got rid of their controllers in favour of arcade sticks or 3rd party joypads.
Though the graphics are outdated now; at its peak, the Dreamcast showcased some of the most advanced console graphics and tech, until its rivals PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox arrived.
12 years later, the Dreamcast still lives and breathes because of its dedicated and tight-knit gaming community. Dreamcast homebrew games, modifications, remixes are some of the most downloaded gaming files on the ‘net.
The best part about it? You can find most DC games for less than $10 these days.
I managed to get the Limited Edition Sega Sports Dreamcast for my collection years ago and it is still my go-to system for fighting games, 2d Shoot-em ups, old school RPG’s and of drift racing games. If you can get your hands on one, buy it, and never let it go. You’ll have one of the most loved game systems in history.
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