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Sega Dreamcast (North American edition) is 21 Years Old today!

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I originally bought the console because I loved Crazy Taxi so much!  (I still do) 

My other go-to games are The Typing Of The dead and Chu Chu Rocket.

The Typing of The Dead is a retooling of House Of The Dead where letters, words, or phrases appear above the zombies... I mean Mutants... that you need to type to target them.  They also tweaked the character graphics a bit so that they are wearing a Dreamcast on their backs and have a keyboard tray hanging in front of them.  It is amazingly well done and fun!

Chu Chu rocket is an addictive multi-player puzzle game where you place arrows on a board to lead mice into rockets while avoiding obstacles and cats.  Multi player has multiple people on the same board placing arrows trying to direct the mice to their own rockets and direct the cats to go after their opponents.

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Happy 21st birthday, Sega Dreamcast!  The Dreamcast was the only proper console I ever bought on launch day (the other being the Jag CD add-on).  I had rented an import system in the spring of 1999 and couldn't wait to have arcade quality games at home. Sega's epic last stand in the console wars ahead of its time and a truly great console.

My go to games are an odd bunch of DC kart racers, including Looney Tunes Space Race, Pen Pen TriIcelon and Whacky Races.  I'm not huge into kart racers but there is something about these that have me going back.  Other than that, my favorites are Skies of Arcadia, Grandia 2, PowerStone and Legacy of Kain:Soul Reaver.  Then there are the arcade titles too numerous to name! 

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I actually worked the launch in a sense. I worked the toy department in Meijers, which included games. It was a 24 HR store, and I was working at midnight when it turned 9.9.99. Launches then weren't like today. There was no crazy line, but we did sell a handful of systems, controllers, VMUs and games. Sonic Adventure sold well, but so did NFL 2k and Powerstone, which somewhat surprised me. 

PlayStation, however, was still king, and there was more excitement for the upcoming PS2.

The Sega fan in me wanted the DC to do better. I wish Sega hadn't burned so many bridges with the Saturn (I liked the system, but retailers weren't prepared for the surprise launch, and 3rd party relationship got strained). I also think it was a mistake not to use DVD technology. DVD players were expensive and the PS2s ability to play DVDs was extremely attractive to potential buyers. If the DC could play DVDs, it may have given it a better chance to survive longer than it did.

 

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Dreamcast is the first console I purchased after the 2600 (a gap of 18 years or so -- college, marriage, kids, etc).  I loved it.  I bought it for the beautiful sports games, and totally dug Typing of the Dead and Jet Grind Radio.  Hydro Thunder was another favorite.  What a great system!

 

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I didn't pickup a DC until sometime in 2003 I think just after it has been discontinued. When that happened you could get boxed used ones for pretty cheap. I've got through about 3 or 4 of them in that time due to the drives eventually giving out on them. I have to say that the DC and especially Shenmue when I first fired it up on my DC was when I realized that the gap between most of my computer game graphics and those on home consoles was barely a gap at all. You could say the Dreamcast brought me back into modern console gaming after nearly a decade of ignoring it prior. Yes I was playing retro games again starting around late '99 but I didn't have much interest in any of the newer systems or modern until I got that DC. I later got a PS2 and then a GameCube..and...well here we are.

Currently I have three DCs in  my collection. I have one CIB that works as far as I know. I have one working in my DC Kiosk unit. (Although not the original DC anymore as that one died LONG ago due to a bad laser and we didn't have alternatives then as we do now). And I have my actual primary DC I use in the game center which is one of the Black sports edition units. Those appear to have better quality GDrom drives in them but I wouldn't know as I have a MODE and DCDigital installed into mine at this point.

Great ratio of good and excellent games on that system. And many that I prefer to play on the DC vs their PS2 counterparts as well.

 

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9s are wild!

Out of curiosity, I bought a Dreamcast a year ago and bought a second (the black one) earlier this year. You hear so much about the DC and the many classic games for it, and when you see the passion of the DC fanbase that borders on religion, I was piqued. I have a small number of DC games (and around 15 burned discs that came with the console I bought last year).

I have yet to hook up the console although I recently bought a VGA box and s-video cable. Until the day I hook it up, the grey DC is serving as a bookend, and the black one is sitting pretty with other pretty things.

 

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