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Happy Birthday, Mr.Dreamcast!


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I was strictly a casual gamer when the Dreamcast was released. I had a Playstation, and I figured I would just get the PS2 at some point (an Xmas gift a year after launch, actually). I picked up my Dreamcast used for $30, and was pleasantly surprised to receive the black Sega Sports package. I went on a game buying binge, spurred partly by the fear that titles would soon disappear from stores. I now have 100 Dreamcast games, and most gamestores around me have indeed stopped stocking them, though what is there is often curiously overpriced. Some of the games for the DC are still graphically superior to many new release games for all three platforms. I don't think you can beat it for racing or fighting games, and it has some really unique titles you won't find anything similar to on other consoles. If Sega ever went back to hardware, I'd buy it at launch.

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So does this mean we don't get to see the full sized photo? :(;)


Oh, and I love my Dreamcast! Of course, Samba de Amigo and Rez get the lion's share of my DC play, but I still pick up and play Crazy Taxi, NBA2k1, Virtua Tennis and a few other titles on occasion. I also have Sky's of Arcadia in a holding pattern, just waiting for me to get back to it. :)

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It still remains my favourite console since the SNES. Quite scary just how old the console is now though..


Cosign. It really doesn't seem like it's been 5 years. I remember pre-ordering it at TRU a few months in advance along with 5 games. Picked it up on launch day, got a free T-Shirt (that I still wear and occasionally get sonned for doing so) and after playing it remembered why I loved the videogame hobby.


I enjoyed the 32/64 bit era of games, (hello Goldeneye and Resident Evil) but for some reason that generation didn't have the same impact on me as the 8 and 16-bit systems did. Playing the Dreamcast resparked my interest in games. Part of the reason was finding other fans of the system on the HTF (remember that place?) and talking about it in After Hours, before a videogame forum was created. Some of the most fun I've had with games online came from playing PSO as Dodekahedron over a narrowband network using a keyboard to communicate with Whooter, TheAxe and other kids. And I'm pretty sure Gary whomped me in NBA2K1.


Good times.

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