I still remember the day I found out that SEGA was going to discontinue the Dreamcast. It was early 2001 and the PlayStation magazine I was reading (we used to actually read magazines back then) covered the demise of the Dreamcast before swiftly moving on to the successes of the Playstation 2.
A massive success despite SEGA’s decision to discontinue the Dreamcast
Thanks to those successes and the massive preference for PlayStation over the SEGA Saturn the generation previous, Sony had almost single-handedly driven SEGA out of the console business leaving them to concentrate on software only from that day forth.
With the Dreamcast topping out at a 9 million and change in sales and the Playstation 2 console from Sony hitting the humongous heights of over 150 million units sold, the Dreamcast was destined to be little more than a footnote in the pages of gaming history.
The Dreamcast gaming scene is still amazing
If you’d said to me on that day in 2001 that we’d still be seeing new games released for the Dreamcast on a fairly regular basis in 2019 I’d have simply smiled and nodded while I backed away slowly. And yet here we are fifteen years later and the SEGA Dreamcast has a surprisingly vibrant community of indie developers still releasing games despite the fact that SEGA has had little to do with the console (other than repairs) since the early ’00s.
So if you’ve still got one of those crafty white boxes tucked away in the attic somewhere, or even if you’re just looking at getting into retro gaming for the first time, there’s probably something on the horizon that’s worth taking a look at.
The Japanese gaming market is Not the same as the European one
SEGA gave up on the Dreamcast because of selling numbers decreasing. They faced an ultra-stiff competition from the Sony PlayStation 2 after a mere two years on the market, but there’s a community of dedicated indie developers in all corners of the world who just refuse to move on.
Dreamcast as a console has a cult following that is still producing new content fifteen years after the console’s commercial demise. The scene is remarkably good at bringing this old console new content all the time. They are mostly located in Europe but also in northern parts of America its a thriving community that dedicates their free time to give this console so much life.
Since the discontinuation of the console by SEGA in 2001 there have been over fifty independent titles released for it, including Sturmwind, Rush Rush Rally Racing, Wind and Water, and Gunlord to name a few. There are also some awesome new shooters that are on the way too.
So perhaps next time you’re in the attic and you spot your old Dreamcast tucked between a Furby and a Spirograph, consider digging it out, dusting it off, and seeing what the old girl can do in 2019. Dreamcast got almost as much love as the Amiga scene. It is a true spirit in the gaming world that will never die. And that’s something that we as the gamers should thank SEGA for.
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