I never really thought much about the Dreamcast until it had all but vanished. By then, it had become a minor obsession of mine: a major console with weird games I’d heard and read so much about, but never gotten to play. The Dreamcast had a short life span in stores and friend’s houses, getting reduced to an exotic…
My favorite video game of all time is Skies of Arcadia, a Japanese RPG released for the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast in 2000. The Dreamcast was an amazing console, with bright and colorful games that left a major impact on me. So, when the time came for me to finally get my first tattoo, I took inspiration straight from…
Today is the 19th anniversary of the U.S. release of the Dreamcast, so we thought it was appropriate to reshare this piece on the console’s legacy that originally ran September 9th, 2016.
Shenmue I and II’s HD remasters released on Steam today and I’ve been playing all morning. Yu Suzuki’s 1999 adventure game helped set a standard for open world exploration. Its secret is simple: lots of and lots of “pointless” but satisfying interactions.
Sega crammed a lot into its groundbreaking adventure game Shenmue, and it also managed to get five GD-ROMs and two manuals inside a standard double jewel case for the game’s limited edition in the U.S. Impressive!
It’s May the 4th, and that means there’s no better time to talk about one of the best racing games ever: Star Wars Episode 1: Racer. Recently re-released for the PC, wannabe podracers and grizzled veterans can return to the tracks once more. Staff writers Heather Alexandra and Ethan Gach look back at what made the…
Years of neglect are eroding gaming history. Cartridges rot in garages, companies hoard demos that they will never release, and obscure titles fade into the ether. Some games may even be lost forever.
“Make the games you wish to see on the Dreamcast.” The quote is placed dead center on the website for Arcane Kids, creators of the absurdist Sonic Dreams Collection. Their game Zineth lives up to this aspiration. It’s a wild trip with rail grinds, wall rides, and social media shenanigans. It’s this week’s Indie Pick.
Shenmue 3’s first major trailer debuted yesterday, showing off a world of martial arts, beautiful locales, and uncanny facial expressions. For some, including my peers at Kotaku, it was troubling. For me, it was everything I could have asked for.
Say the words “Jet Set Radio” to a fan and, once they stop smiling, they’ll tell you all about the game’s “vibe”, its music, its eccentric cast, the way it let them dabble in a little virtual tourism of the Japanese capital. On acid. Which is funny, because the game isn’t actually about any of those things. It’s about…
I’ve made no secret of my current dismay with affairs in the real world. I initially turned to games as solace. In games, I could be the hero of a battlefield, a daring assassin, or run in endless fields. Video games can be a place for escape, but they can also help us find the courage to face difficult things in our…
GameStop stores across North America are now accepting games and hardware trade-ins from as far back as the original NES, but not everything. They’ve got lists. I brought a sack of older titles to a local store to see which were worthy of trade-in credit.
Seamus Blackley, one of the key people involved in the creation of the original Xbox, has shared some concept images for Microsoft’s debut control pad, which date all the way back in November 1999 (the Xbox wouldn’t launch until 2001).
Keith Stuart’s written a great article over on Eurogamer, recalling the time that he was blacklisted by Sega despite being the Editor-in-Chief of DC-UK, a magazine devoted entirely to the Sega Dreamcast.
Today on Facebook, you might have seen an exciting little news nugget in the corner of your homepage. “Dreamcast 2,” it read, “Sega Reportedly to Release New PC-Console Hybrid.”
It might have been the Dreamcast’s 16th birthday in America a few months back, but today actually marks the console’s full and proper 17th birthday, since it was on November 27, 1998 that the Dreamcast was first released in Japan.
Sony has spent the day reminding people that it’s the 20th anniversary of the original PlayStation’s launch in North America, and that’s cool, but let’s not forget that today is also a special anniversary for another old console.
Belgian graphic artist Vadu Amka redesigned a Sega Dreamcast, turning it into a memento of one of the most iconic games for the system: Skies of Arcadia.
Still have all your old Dreamcast saves lying around somewhere? Wait, really? Well then, you’re in luck.