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Title: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Minnesota on March 13, 2007, 07:33:44 AM
This thread is dedicated to the loving memory of the Sega Dreamcast. Although most don't share my sentiment and I do not consider myself a "Sega Fanboy"... to me the Sega Dreamcast is the greatest console of all-time. NFL 2K was years ahead of Madden, NBA Live has yet to catch up to NBA2K, and the sequel to Soul Caliber is still arguably the greatest fighting game on the current generation of consoles. There are countless reasons to love the Dreamcast in my opinion, be it its longevity (my launch system still works fine, more than I can say for my 3rd PS2), its online capabilities, its simple Emulation (love me the NES classics), or its dozens of kickass games. This thread for all things Dreamcast related, discuss.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: ChrisHanel on March 13, 2007, 07:37:31 AM
In spirit of something I mentioned in the other thread...

...Seaman. Discuss.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Minnesota on March 13, 2007, 07:56:46 AM
haha, the first discussion immediately goes to the Dreamcasts most idiotic game (and there were several idiotic games) ... First of all what the hell is with the title of Seaman, couldn't they have just named it Sea Creature or Sea Pet or something like that? Then there is that stupid microphone add-on which was useless, the game itself was boring and I never bothered to figure it out... What Sega essentially proved with this game is that they should leave the crazy Japanese games to Nintendo.

As long as we're talking about DC water games I loved Sega Bass Fishing and loved even more so its offspring Sega Marine Fishing... super cool fun and a great arcade style (something the Dreamcast excelled at like no other system before it(... most would say that the games were "short" but who cares they were quarter munching fun). The worst part about the fishing games for the DC however were that I loved them so much I actually bought that stupid fishing controller and it actually made the game less fun for me so it never really got used.

On a related note I cringed when the Nintendo Wii (worse name than "seaman" anybody?) kept pushing the interactive fishing elements so much, it really doesn't need to be interactive, but hey the wii seems to be finding more unique and enjoyable uses everyday so more power to Nintendo.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on March 13, 2007, 08:39:22 AM
I loved the Dreamcast BECAUSE of its silly niche games. Seaman was fun, Samba De Amigo rocked, Typing of the Dead may be one of the best games ever.. :^)
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: EightBitHero on March 13, 2007, 03:18:18 PM
I love the dreamcast but think it's something of a paradox.  It's way underrated by the public at large, but way overrated by the video game nerd community.  It was an awesome system and had some really good and innovative games, but let's face it, a lot of the games that came out for it were trash.  Good system though, I'm happy to have one.  I never was any good at Seaman though.  Or, rather, Seaman was never any good at understanding me.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on March 13, 2007, 03:52:34 PM
The beauty of the Dreamcast is that the games were arcade-like and cheap as dirt. I was working as a table-busser/dishwasher/malt-maker at Johnny Rockets when I got my Dreamcast for $199 with one of my paychecks. From there, about every week there was something decent coming out for $20 - $30. They weren't life-sucking games. They were the types of games you'd play in the arcade. I think that's why the game-geeks love it so much. It's the closest thing any system has come to making us feel like we were buying our own arcade. :^)
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: EightBitHero on March 13, 2007, 04:18:59 PM
I think that's why the game-geeks love it so much. It's the closest thing any system has come to making us feel like we were buying our own arcade. :^)

That is true, and make no mistake, I love my dreamcast.  I loved the fact that it'd play burned games without a chip.  I'm also an immoral pirate bastard.  I did buy some games that I felt were really good though.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Minnesota on March 13, 2007, 04:20:45 PM
Yup, I was a busser/dishwasher too, I was probably a bit more hardcore than you  pak-man, cause I remember spending 40-50 for most games and getting them on release. I wouldn't call all the games arcade style but it certainly was the bulk of the good games. Loved House of Dead and Crazy Taxi for the reasons you mentioned, it 'felt like buying an arcade'. Another great thing about the DC is that it let you enjoy cutting edge graphics for a cheap price (199) and even though the ps2 came out a year later it was very expensive and the games at that point didn't really compete for at least another year.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Minnesota on March 13, 2007, 04:24:29 PM
I think that's why the game-geeks love it so much. It's the closest thing any system has come to making us feel like we were buying our own arcade. :^)

That is true, and make no mistake, I love my dreamcast.  I loved the fact that it'd play burned games without a chip.  I'm also an immoral pirate bastard.  I did buy some games that I felt were really good though.

I was going to try burning games too, but I had trouble getting the sizes down and didn't have a fast enough internet connection to download them. Some people claim that the piracy killed the DC, but high speed wasn't THAT prevalent to affect the death of a system in my opinion. What probably killed it was GTA3, no way segas little white box could compete with that killer app.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: The_Flash on March 13, 2007, 05:53:01 PM
Wow, what a system.  To this day I am still a little angry that this gem was ultimately a failure.  I always felt like this machine was the true gamer's machine, while the PS was more of a mainstreamers system (which is probably why it succeeded). 

Anyways, the 2K sports series was truly awesome.  I don't know that anything has revolutionized that genre as much as the early 2k editions on Dreamcast.  The recent Maddens are a joke in my opinion.  I would much rather play a good football game without the NFL license.  Give me the city and player numbers and I'll be happy.

Some of my other favorites were UFC, HydroThunder, and House of the Dead.  I think the single best game for me had to be Jet Grind Radio though.

Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Skiptastic on March 18, 2007, 05:35:24 PM
I used to be a big Sega guy, and the Dreamcast remains my favorite system of all time and the real first step into 3D done right. But a lot of Sega's actions throughout the years, that I've researched in my spare time, has just made me completely devoid of passion anymore for talking about Sega.

I'll just put in that a lot of the stuff I would have said years ago have been said in this thread. I love my Dreamcast...I just can't talk about it anymore.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on March 18, 2007, 05:49:45 PM
SEGA's a brilliant video game company, that makes brilliant video games, and really, really dumb business decisions. :^)
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Invader_quirk on March 19, 2007, 04:18:06 AM
I got a dreamcast recently from my grandpa. It's sitting in my room on my VCR and I havn't played it for a few months. I don't even know of any good games for it other than Sonic Adventure, and I certainly don't know where to find any. From looking at the system itself, I can tell that it has the potential to be awesome: mouse, keyboard, online play. But all I've got is Quake III arena which is sort of fun, but Halo's better in every way.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Cibernético II on March 19, 2007, 01:36:48 PM
for all you dreamcast fans I know of an excellent Video Game discussion podcast by some guys that love the Dreamcast and other less than mainstream systems. CHeck out We Talk Games

website
http://www.wetalkgames.com/ (http://www.wetalkgames.com/)

RSS feed
http://feeds.feedburner.com/WeTalkGames (http://feeds.feedburner.com/WeTalkGames)

iTunes
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GDq8FGQbVkg&offerid=78941&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=1826&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fphobos.apple.com%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewPodcast%253Fid%253D189512608%2526partnerId%253D30 (http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GDq8FGQbVkg&offerid=78941&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=1826&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fphobos.apple.com%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewPodcast%253Fid%253D189512608%2526partnerId%253D30)

they do 1 show a month, but its good and long
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on March 19, 2007, 08:26:50 PM

The NFL and NBA games kicked ass on Dreamcast. That was the only reason I bought one. Tragically, I lent my Dreamcast out to a coworker who two weeks later fled the country. I don't think the console had anything to do with it, but I never got it back either.
Title: Re: The Dreamcast Thread
Post by: Tyrant on March 21, 2007, 10:47:30 AM

  LOVE the Dreamcast. It was the first system I purchased all on my own without it being a hand-me-down or a gift. I got it primarily for Resident Evil Code: Veronica but later as I accumulated more games, I began to appreciate its capabilities more and more. Moreso when my brother-in-law demonstrated how it was able to graphically render better than the PS2. It was definatly ahead of its time. Ironic that one of the best systems ever made by Sega was killed by Sega.