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The Sega Dreamcast Turns 11

Has it really only been eleven years since we first got our hands on Sega’s last home console? 09/09/1999 was the North American release date of the Sega Dreamcast. It is a date that most gamers fondly remember every year, both because of what we gained and because of what we lost.

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The Dreamcast was the first console to be online enabled. It had a built in modem that allowed for online gaming. This was before broadband internet access was the norm, but it still paved the way for consoles like the original Xbox to come with the feature built in.

Not only did the Dreamcast pioneer online gaming, it brought us some of the best games of the generation it ushered in. Titles like Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, Seaman, Phantasy Star Online, and Marvel vs. Capcom helped define what was possible on a home console.

The Playstation 2 launched a year later with the ability to play DVD movies as well as games. This gave the PS2 a clear advantage over the more powerful Dreamcast and in March of 2001 Sega stopped sales of the console in North America.

Fortunately, we are seeing more games from the Dreamcast library make it to our current consoles by way of digital downloads. Virtual On has been released to the XBLA, with Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi following suit in the Fall.

Do you still have yours hidden away somewhere? I do.

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  • I don’t have mine hidden away, I have it plugged in and ready to play. I play it more than I play my XBOX 360. Come on, it has screens in the controller that slide out and become their own game unit! Oh and the DC has a broadband adapter available.

  • lagi

    I still have mine and yes i still play it.

    Marvel vs Capcom 2 is in there always and is always being played.

    sometimes we take a break from that game and play Sega Tennis.

    Great console